Employers of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) health specialist reservists and key health professionals got a taste of military when they were flown to Central Queensland to see health services in the field.

Participants of Exercise Boss Lift Talisman Sabre 2019 started at RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland. From there, they were taken by a C-17A Globemaster to explore the Role 2 Health Facility deployed at Williamson Airfield at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area.

Shoalwater Bay is the centre of training activities for the multi-national Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019.

Participants and Australian Defence Force Reservists prepare to board a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster en-route for Shoalwater Bay Training Area. Photo: Corporal Nicci Freeman

The RAAF’s Director General Health Reserves, Air Commodore Jennifer Lumsden, said there was an overwhelming response from employers of health specialist reservists interested in participating in the first Air Force-led Boss Lift.

“This opportunity is invaluable for them to better understand the environment their employees work in while on active service,” Air Commodore Lumsden said.

“Reservists are an essential enabler, having specialised clinical skills not often held within the full-time force, as they are not required every day. However, they work seamlessly with their full-time colleagues to provide the highest level of care.

“Reserve service for health personnel generally results in extension of both their clinical and managerial practice, and employers also reap benefits from the investment by being able to capitalise on these new skills and knowledge.

“This is why the strong relationship between Air Force and civilian employers is vital for the ongoing capability of our health total workforce model, and we appreciate them taking the time to be here.”

Exercise participant Dr David Rosengren, the executive director at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, said Boss Lift gave an excellent opportunity to see Air Force Reservist personnel in their ‘other life’.

“Being able to visit the Role 2 Health Facility has really opened my eyes to the capability of Air Force and reinforced the importance of clinical staff being supported in civilian hospitals,” Dr Rosengren said.

“We have learned so much from our military colleagues and there is so much still to learn.”

Participant Sumit Sachdeva is briefed on the capabilities of the EF-88 Austeyr by Leading Aircraftman Breen Canning, from No. 3 Security Forces Squadron, during a visit to Shoalwater Bay Training Area. Photo: Corporal Nicci Freeman

Specialist health reservists in Air Force include surgeons, anaesthetists, intensivists, emergency physicians, radiologists, critical care and perioperative nurses, physiotherapists, and psychologists.

If you are looking to share your knowledge and explore your opportunities, more information about Reservist roles in the Australian Defence Force can be found at defencereservessupport.gov.au

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