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Maritime Logistics Community News : November 2009
13 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2009 very valuable. The commencement of these exercises saw the BMAs being nervous at first, but by the end of the week they were performing at levels that were both admirable and commendable. Each of the BMAs discovered what they were capable of and it gave them a different perspective on what they could achieve when confronted with challenging environments in the future. They learnt the importance of working together as a team and not as individuals. As a result of the positive outcomes of this simulation exercise, another has been scheduled for Sep 09 in which Advanced Medical Assistant (AMA) course 02/09 will also join the BMA class. The aim of this co-joined exercise will be to allow BMA and AMA course trainees to both consolidate and develop knowledge and skills taught during the course from a Basic/ Advanced Life Support perspective specialising in trauma and working together as a team. Future exercises at Bonegilla will be further enhanced with the acquisition of additional equipment that can simulate even more realistically a ship board environment. Plans are in place to continually upgrade simulation equipment in all Medical School facilities to ensure that future and current medics are provided with all available opportunities to consolidate and enhance their practical skills. Currently, Medical School PENGUIN simulation facilities are available for health personnel to utilise during non-training schedules that has allowed BMAs and AMAs from Navy Ward to maintain their competencies. Facilities at Medical School HMAS CERBERUS and Medical School Annex Fleet Base West are also utilised as training schedules permit. ADF DENTAL SCHOOL By CAPT Paul Jacobsen A/OIC ADF Dental School Since the last update, the ADF Dental School (ADFDS) has concentrated on refining and delivering initial employment training and advanced courses. This is in alignment with Goal 2 of the SHF strategic direction (Course/Training Improvements), as described by DTA-LOG in the previous edition of the Navy Supply Newsletter. Despite working through the year with one-third of all staff positions vacant, the team has admirably been able to continue with the task at hand – providing the right training, in the right time, to the customer. In doing this, one of the big challenges has been to ensure that the courses delivered and assessed have met Australian and Defence Standards. As a result, a large proportion of this year has been spent ensuring the Dental Assistant course meets capability requirements, but also retains its civilian qualifications. This has been achieved through a constant review and updating of training processes. Below is a snapshot of the trainee throughput over the last 12 months at the ADF Dental School: Dental Assistant – 24; Senior Dental Assistant – 16; Dental Technician – 1 (Single Service - Army); and Dental Officer Initial Course – 16. This has been the largest intake the ADF has had in over 10 years, and the RAN element of this throughput was six).