Sub Lieutenant Jess Mysko is a nursing officer at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide.

When she started her two-year placement, she never expected to be responding to a global pandemic. 

Sub Lieutenant Mysko moved to Elizabeth North at the age of two when her dad was posted to Edinburgh Air Force Base, with the Royal Australian Air Force. 

“I come from a military family and all of the women on my mother's side are nurses. I was inclined to join the Defence Force from a young age, initially serving for 12 and a half years as a Navy medic,” Sub Lieutenant Mysko said.

“Last year I considered discharging as I needed to undertake my clinical placement to finalise my training as a registered nurse. Thankfully, I contacted the Navy Retention Team and they came to a solution that worked for the Navy and me.”

Sub Lieutenant Mysko’s placement at Lyell McEwin Hospital has meant she is now working with other Australian Defence Force members as part of Emergency Management Australia’s national response to COVID-19. 

“It’s been great to see our planners working alongside the medical and support staff to ensure the hospital is effectively dealing with COVID-19,” Sub Lieutenant Mysko said.

In South Australia, Defence Force personnel are supporting the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the state Control Centre for Health, and the Northern, Central, and Southern Adelaide Local Health Network.