Officer proud to show off her unit’s capability

Lieutenant Alison Stock, of the Brisbane-based 1st Close Health Battalion, checks equipment at a field hospital at Tumbarumba in the NSW Snowy Mountains. Photo: Sergeant Dave Morley

Officer proud to show off her unit’s capability

It was a proud moment for one Army officer when she gave the Prime Minister a guided tour of her unit’s medical set-up on January 22.

Lieutenant Alison Stock is a nursing officer with the Brisbane-based 1st Close Health Battalion and was deployed to Tumbarumba in the NSW Snowy Mountains on January 14 as part of the Australian Defence Force’s Operation Bushfire Assist 2019-20.

When Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian visited Tumbarumba briefly, Lieutenant Stock was tasked with showing them through her unit’s tented primary health care capability established at the town’s cricket oval.

She said she got the job because she had already conducted several tours through the medical set-up to members of various government agencies.

“Every tour is important, but there’s something special about having the Prime Minister visit,” she said.

Lieutenant Stock said the primary health care team had already treated more than 90 patients from the local community, as well as a number of soldiers working on the bushfire recovery effort.

“We’ve treated two heart attacks, a motorcycle injury, a cut that needed suturing and many other complaints,” she said.

“I’m so proud to be here helping the community in their time of need – we’ve had people coming up to us in the street thanking us for being here.”

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