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Maritime Logistics Community News : November 2009
12 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2009 within the ships inventory management system. This is achieved through the provision of specifically targeted training in the production and interpretation of SLIMS and Bi-Query reports. Not to suggest that DSOs are now being trained to perform the role of the Stores Naval sailor, rather the DSOs are being equipped to augment the Stores Accounting Officer (SAO) -- particularly so in the material management governance role -- and the impact of stores deficiencies on capability. Naval stores day to day management, storerooms and inventory control remain firmly within the SAO remit. Expanding the involvement of the DSO with material management will also more closely align the skill sets and knowledge of Supply Officers with Army Ordinance Corps and RAAF Logistics Officers in terms of storeroom and warehouse management. This will increase the worth of Supply Officers when operating in tri-service environments and potentially allow naval personnel to play a greater role in joint operations. A further key development in the content of the DSO course, relates to Supply departmental management. Traditionally, the organisational tree had Deputy Supply Officer acting in support of the Supply Officer (with sub-department heads reporting directly to the SO). Under the new construct the DSO will now be acting directly in the role of managing the Supply Department, with the Supply Officer providing oversight, guidance and ultimate accountability. Closely aligned with the evolving DSO course curriculum and revised duty statement, is the enhancement of the ASO role. Ultimately, the migration of the DSO to material management has provided an opportunity for the ASO to have a more meaningful and rewarding role within the supply department -- focusing on finance. This expansion of the role for the ASOs, will allow the DSO to exercise a greater degree of oversight and governance for Finance and Service Funds functions, as well as mentoring of the ASO. Furthermore, the DSO will in turn be able to provide improved governance of the Medical, Stores Naval and Catering functions. ADF SCHOOL OF CATERING By SQNLDR Kevin Murray OC ADFSC In keeping with CMDR van Geelen's outline in Navy Supply Newsletter Autumn 2009, the ADF School of Catering (ADFSC) has made the following progress towards the three main goals: Simulation training. For the past decade, there has been discussion regarding the apparent need for the school to have its own training galley. That need has now been comprehensively analysed and the results outlined in a detailed brief. It remains under consideration. Training improvements. The introduction of a revised training package for the catering industry (SIT07) has seen major work taking place within the ADFSC to ensure that our regime of training, where appropriate, remains aligned to the new industry standard. This is particularly important at the initial level and has significantly impacted our contractual arrangements with the Chisholm Institute of TAFE. Whereas for the past decade, initial cook and steward trainees have graduated from the Chisholm Institute with Certificate II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations) and (Operations) respectively, in the future such trainees will graduate with Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) and (Multi--skilling) respectively. Furthermore, this is achievable without any increase in either the length of the courses or the cost to the Commonwealth. The new training regime commenced with ADF Initial Cooks Course, Session 106, and ADF Initial Stewards Course, Session 70 -- both of which commenced on 27 Jul 09. Training for capability requirements. The introduction of the SIT07 package has also provided an opportunity to revisit our catering training at every level across each of the Services. Particular emphasis at the moment is focused on the ADF Intermediate Course with much work yet to be completed especially in relation to moving away from the pursuit of accreditation in favour of a re--alignment with the capability requirement. Similar work will also be undertaken in relation to the advanced levels of training. RAN MEDICAL SCHOOL By LCDR Janine March-Goss, RAN OIC Medical School CASUALTY! CASUALTY! CASUALTY! And so the scene is set for another simulation exercise within the RAN Medical School. Simulation exercises form an integral component of the training of a medic. Scenario-based learning allows the medic to put into practice what has been learnt in the classroom environment. It can range from simulating simple practical tasks to more complex multi trauma exercises. Medical School HMAS CERBERUS, HMAS PENGUIN and Medical School Annex Fleet Base West (FBW) all have designated simulation areas. Due to the continual enhancement of medical simulation equipment that is portable, scope is now available to perform exercises in a variety of settings and environments. This year has also seen the trial of simulation exercises at the Army Logistic Training Centre (ALTC) at Latchford Barracks, Bonegilla. In April/ May the Basic Medical Assistant (BMA) course 01/09 was put through their paces in a variety of scenarios at ALTC in the environmental simulator. They were exposed to smoke filled compartments, high winds, torrential rain, darkness and loud noises that interfered with all logical thinking. This together with the adrenaline rush meant they were taken out of their comfort zone into a situation that was terrifying but exhilarating at the same time. Casualty exercises form an integral component of the BMA course. Being provided the opportunity to complete exercises at ALTC has proved to be SUPPLY SCHOOL INSTRUCTORS MEDICAL SIMULATOR AT BONEGILLA