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arms for blood
By Able Seaman Melanie Schinkel
Results for the 2010 Defence Force Blood Donation Challenge
are in, with 405 Defence Public Ser vice employees willingly
presenting their arms for a needle prick to help save 6309 lives.
Air Force defended its 2009 title, winning the 2010 challenge with a total
of 779 donations.
Next was Navy with 491 donations followed by Army with 428 donations.
Overall, Defence made 2103 donations in the 2010 challenge, smashing
2009’s total by 838 donations.
Spanning 13 weeks, the 2010 Defence Force Blood Donation Challenge
was launched in September to encourage as many Defence personnel as
possible to donate blood to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service (ARCBS).
The Defence Blood Drive co-ordinator, Gary Schulz, said most of the
donations were tallied in ARCBS centres or via the Club Red website. He said
this year there would be further emphasis on participants registering their
donations online to enable the ARCBS to accurately track the number of
donations from each Service.
“Unfortunately, not everybody registered their donation, so there could’ve
been many more donations that we were unable to track,” Mr Schulz said.
“I think Defence personnel are driven to donate because they see it as
another way to serve their country on a local level. They also understand
the importance of blood products when it comes to saving lives during
The ARCBS shares an important relationship with Defence, supplying
almost 400 units of blood annually to Australian personnel on operations
in East Timor and Solomon Islands.
The ADF Surgeon General and Commander Joint Health, Major General Paul
Alexander, said the resuscitation, damage control and surgery undertaken in
the field relied heavily on blood products.
“We use a range of blood products including pack-cells, fresh frozen plasma
and whole blood platelets,” MAJGEN Alexander said.
“Not only do we use these products during operations overseas but also
here in Australia to aid Defence members in recovering from severe illnesses,
infections, injuries and chemotherapy.”
He said Defence had partnered with the ARCBS to conduct further research
on the use of frozen blood products.
“Defence is looking at increasing the range of ARCBS products it uses,
particularly frozen products to increase flexibility during exercises and
“I’d like to personally thank all the individuals who donated last year
and encourage everyone to get on board for the challenge again this year.”
Only three per cent of Australians regularly donate blood. The ARCBS
needs about 27,000 donations a week to ensure there is enough blood for
patients in need.
If you are aged 16-70 and feel healthy you may be eligible to donate blood.
To make an appointment, call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au.
hMAS Melbourne home
from Middle east
Hundreds of family, friends and officials gathered
in Sydney on February 18 to welcome home the
230-strong ship’s company of HMAS Melbourne after
a six-month deployment in the Middle East.
In January the crew disrupted a pirate attack on the
British chemical tanker MV CPO China, which was one
of the 14 piracy distress calls the crew responded to
during their deployment.
“The men and women embarked on Melbourne made
a significant contribution to the safety of vessels
in maritime corridors during the deployment,” the
Commanding Officer, Commander Michael Harris, said.
HMAS Melbourne is an Adelaide Class Frigate
capable of air defence, anti-submarine warfare,
surveillance, interdiction and reconnaissance.
It is the first Adelaide Class Frigate deployed to
the Gulf following the FFG upgrade project which saw
new missile and torpedo systems installed as part of
extensive capability enhancements.
HMAS Melbourne was replaced on station by HMAS
Stuart, which took over in mid-January.
board to provide expert
advice on Defence industry
An expert board of Defence industry representatives,
unions and government agencies has been established
to provide high level advice on Defence industry
programs to the Federal Government.
The Minister for Defence Materiel, Jason Clare, said
one of the first tasks of the Defence Industry Innovation
Board would be to work on guidelines for the new
Priority Industry Capability Innovation Program.
This $44.9 million program will provide funding,
particularly to small to medium sized enterprises,
to develop innovative products that contribute to
Priority Industry Capability goals.
The Board will be made up of representatives from
small and medium enterprises, industry associations,
Defence and the Department of Innovation, Industry,
Science and Research.
They include: Mr Michael Ward (Managing Director,
Raytheon Australia); Mr Rob Forbes (Chief Executive
Officer, CEA Technologies Pty Limited); Mr Graham
Priestnall (National President, Australian Industry and
Defence Network); Mr Ben White (Manager, Defence
Industry Unit, Australian Business Limited); Air Marshal
John Harvey AM (Chief Capability Development Group,
Department of Defence); Mr Harry Dunstall (General
Manager Commercial Group, DMO); Professor Robert Clark
(Chief Defence Scientist, DSTO); Ms Judith Zielke (Head of
Division - Enterprise Connect, Department of Innovation,
Industry, Science & Research); Mr David Oliver (National
Secretary, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union); and
representatives of the Australian Industry Group and the
Australian Council of Trade Unions.
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