Team's connections to coast

HARD AT WORK: HMAS Adelaide's Lieutenant Commander Thomas Miller (front) and Lieutenant Travis Robinson in the treatment room. Picture: ABIS Thomas Sawtell
HARD AT WORK: HMAS Adelaide's Lieutenant Commander Thomas Miller (front) and Lieutenant Travis Robinson in the treatment room. Picture: ABIS Thomas Sawtell

A key component of the Australian Defence Force response to Operation Bushfire Assist 2019-20 is the medical and first aid services being provided by the doctors, nurses, paramedics and support staff of the Royal Australian Navy.

The medical teams on board HMAS Adelaide are a professional combined unit made up of personnel from the ship's complement, the navy hospital at HMAS Penguin and various defence units across the nation.

Two good friends who are part of the team that responded with less than 24 hours' notice are Lieutenant Commander Thomas Miller and Lieutenant Travis Robinson.

"This is what we train for and we are ready to support the community ashore during this emergency," Lieutenant Commander Miller said.

Rapidly responding to the requirement to join HMAS Adelaide from his normal role as nurse educator at the Directorate of Navy Health, Lieutenant Commander Miller was quick to ensure the team was prepared to provide medical support ashore to cover any contingency.

"My Mum is a nurse in Bega hospital and has been providing valuable medical and first aid care to the people of Bega. I'm very happy that I can contribute in some way to that level of support and proud to be part of the navy response," he said.

For Lieutenant Robinson, the connection to the local community is an important motivator for his contribution to the task.

"My family were in Batemans Bay and had to be evacuated to the beach," he said.

- LEUT Anthony Martin