20 December 2012

Medics march out at Wodonga

RMIT University and The Army School of Health hosted a march out parade from the Army Logistics Training Centre's Latchford Barracks at Bonegilla, Wodonga.

Lt Col Jocelyn King, Commanding Officer, Army School of Health; Cheryl Underwood, Head of the School of Life and Physical Sciences; Diane Bates; and Leading Seaman Daniel Whyte, the Navy recipient of an RMIT student award

Lt Col Jocelyn King, Commanding Officer, Army School of Health; Cheryl Underwood, Head of the School of Life and Physical Sciences; Diane Bates; and Leading Seaman Daniel Whyte, the Navy recipient of an RMIT student award.


The parade recognised the final RMIT group of 36 medics graduating in 2012 and was followed by a presentation of student testamurs and appreciation awards.

Diane Bates, the Wodonga-based program manager for the RMIT School of Life and Physical Sciences, said RMIT had been privileged to provide basic medic training to the Australian Defence Force since 2002.

She said that since 2009 the University had delivered training that had allowed medics to register as enrolled nurses and work in civilian settings in Australia.

"RMIT's effort over the past 11 years has been managed and delivered by a local team of highly capable nursing teachers and administrative officers who have worked closely with the military to graduate almost 800 medics," Mrs Bates said.

"The training was only possible with the support of local hospitals and health facilities from Albury-Wodonga to Wangaratta, Beechworth and Myrtleford.

"RMIT acknowledges the great support of the military over this time and we congratulate Wodonga TAFE on its successful bid to deliver nursing and para medic training at the centre next year.

"Our University will work closely with Wodonga TAFE to ensure a smooth transition to a new era of training for the Defence Force."

The Australian Defence Force presented RMIT with a plaque. The citation states:

"RMIT University has enabled the Army School of Health to provide a level of clinical health training to members of the Australian Defence Force that could not have been achieved through military resources alone.

"The dedication, care and compassion shown by all RMIT University staff throughout the contract tenure has contributed significantly to the training and welfare of over one thousand medical assistants from Army, Air Force and Navy.

"Graduates of the Army School of Health and RMIT University have now served Australia with distinction in operational environments in the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific Region.

"In warlike operations, peacekeeping operations and humanitarian assistance operations; the achievements of the Australian Defence Force have been significantly enhanced by the contribution to training of health personnel that has been made by RMIT University."

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