Topic: Operation HIGHROAD
Task Group Afghanistan’s medical contingent at the coalition medical facility at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport is at the front line of efforts to mitigate and contain the spread of COVID-19.
From a recruiting centre in Wollongong to the mountains of Afghanistan, the careers of two Royal Australian Navy medics have provided the experience of practising medicine on the frontline.
Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Katrina Burkett swapped the ocean for a view of mountains in Afghanistan during a recent deployment.
Captain Anne Andrews knows improvements have been made to the lives of Afghan women and girls, which includes a tenfold increase in school enrolments since 2001.
Nursing officer Lieutenant Commander Steven Line had only just started his deployment to Afghanistan when his team responded to a mass casualty event.
It has been a relentless six months in Afghanistan for Leading Seaman Medic Tahnee White, but her efforts while deployed have earned her the admiration of her Coalition peers and an American Joint Service Achievement Medal from US Special Forces.
The sound of an alarm at Afghanistan’s Bagram Airfield is a trigger that gets Chief Petty Officer Medic Sarah Hall’s blood pumping.
Afghanistan is a long way from the ocean - especially for someone who’s used to serving at sea. Nursing Officer Lieutenant Lauren Keany, currently deployed on Operation HIGHROAD, is based at the NATO hospital in Kabul.
Thirty-nine Australian Defence Force embeds are based at the Resolute Support Mission headquarters in Kabul, providing strategic guidance at both the institutional and ministerial levels on policy, governance and procedures as part of the NATO team in Afghanistan.
There is no such thing as a typical day for the 14 Australian Defence Force medical personnel working at the Hamid Karzai International Airport coalition base in Kabul, Afghanistan.