Originally from Geelong, Victoria, Aircraftwoman Brodie Finning is back in her home state to support Operation COVID-19 Assist.

A medic at Air Force’s 2nd Expeditionary Health Squadron in Perth, AC/W Finning has been working at various testing sites throughout Victoria, including the regional town of Colac.

“When I got the call to come down my response was ‘absolutely’,” AC/W Finning said.

“Being so close to where I grew up, this impacts my family and friends.

“Anything I can do for the whole community I will.”

Work at the testing site involves conducting swab tests for Colac’s diverse and multicultural population.

“It’s really interesting to come out here and see people from all walks of life,” AC/W Finning said.

“It’s quite different to the people we see in the Air Force.

“Here there’s a lot more interaction with patients who speak different languages and have completely different backgrounds.”

AC/W Finning brings a wealth of experience with patients to her role in Victoria.

“Before joining the Air Force I worked in health care for five years as an exercise physiologist,” she said.

“Knowing how to work with patients from my previous job transferred easily here.”

Her newfound ability to respond at short notice to unusual situations is something she credits to Air Force.

“Air Force has definitely helped me become more adaptable,” she said.

“The ability to change to meet the needs of the environment and adapt to new things that are happening is something I wouldn’t have been able to do before joining.”

AC/W Finning reflected on her contribution to the whole-of-government COVID response.

“I’m so happy to be able to help,” she said.

“That’s why you join Defence, to be part of the response that helps Australia.

“It’s a real honour that I’m able to help, especially the community that I grew up in.”