Senior Sailor inspired by ‘capable and visionary’ female mentors

This article has photo gallery Published on Royal Australian Navy (author), POIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

Topic(s): International Women's Day, WRANS

Chief Petty Officer Medic Tina Elliott from HMAS Albatross pays her respects at a re-dedication ceremony for Private Ernest Licey at Nowra General Cemetery, March 2019. (photo: POIS Lee-Anne Cooper)
Chief Petty Officer Medic Tina Elliott from HMAS Albatross pays her respects at a re-dedication ceremony for Private Ernest Licey at Nowra General Cemetery, March 2019.

International Women’s Day Feature

Portrait of Chief Petty Officer Medic Tina Elliott, Project Officer - Indigenous, proud Murri Woman - in celebration of NAIDOC Week, July 2019.

Portrait of Chief Petty Officer Medic Tina Elliott, Project Officer - Indigenous, proud Murri Woman - in celebration of NAIDOC Week, July 2019.

Chief Petty Officer Tina Elliott is a proud Murri woman from the Gubbi Gubbi people.

She was raised in Toowoomba by a family with a strong military background.

Her father, a Murri Elder, served 22 years in the Army. He was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his services with the British SAS during the Vietnam Conflict.

Chief Petty Officer Elliott’s passion for her people and to help others drove her to be Navy’s first uniformed Indigenous Liaison in the Shoalhaven region of New South Wales.

She also commenced working in the Navy Directorate of Diversity and Inclusion in March 2019.

“The word grateful does not even come close to how appreciative I am,” Chief Petty Officer Elliott said.

“I would seriously do my job for free because of the support, honesty, drive and passion I feel from my team and those around me every day.”

She particularly enjoys embracing the cultural and mentoring elements of her position, as well as being able to get out into the community to offer support and promote the Government’s Closing the Gap campaign.

Chief Petty Officer Elliott joined the Women’s Royal Australian Navy Service (WRANS) in April 1990 to train as a Medic.

Over her 30 years in the WRANS and Royal Australian Navy, she has been posted to numerous Ships and establishments including deployments to Operation RESOLUTE, Operation QUICKSTEP and Operation PADANG ASSIST as a health care professional.

The highlight of her career was deploying internationally with a small group of seven Royal Australian Navy healthcare providers on board the USNS Mercy in 2006.

Mercy was sent to provide medical follow-up care to the people of Nias and Banda Aceh following the December 2004 tsunami.

Chief Petty Officer Elliott and the Royal Australian Navy team received the United States Meritorious Unit Commendation for the help they provided during their service on Mercy.

The decorated Senior Sailor looks to Commander Heidi Rossendell and Commander Natasha Burney as two of her key influential mentors.

“These two women inspire me to reach high. They have made me feel that my contribution counts. They are always there to help members in need. No problem is too hard for them.

“Driven, passionate, humanistic, adaptable, resilient, capable and visionaries is how I would describe these amazing women,” Chief Petty Officer Elliott said.

The Royal Australian Navy will hold several events to celebrate International Women’s Day 2020 and reflect on the theme ‘Generation Equality’. ‘Generation Equality’ is a call to action to join forces across generations, to create a new vision where every girl and woman everywhere has equal opportunities to lead, to learn, to earn a decent living and to live lives free from violence and discrimination.