For the hundreds of Royal Australian Navy personnel posted around the world, updating Our Values and Behaviours has provided new focus to meet the ongoing challenges of serving Australia both at home and abroad.
Announced on 1 October 2020, our values are Service, Courage, Respect, Integrity, and Excellence. They are a modern reflection of the core qualities of character that are desirable in all Navy people.
Sub Lieutenant Monnique Innes has an increased sense of pride and respect for her fellow Australians after serving on the frontline of the Australia Defence Force’s response to COVID-19.
Sub Lieutenant Innes joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Nursing Officer in July 2019. Eleven months later she was deployed to support the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services conduct testing.
“I was working as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Launceston General Hospital in Tasmania, but decided to join the Navy to really make a difference with my nursing career,” Sub Lieutenant Innes said.
“I have the greatest respect for the team members I worked with, and I am glad that we had such a positive effect.”
One of the five core Defence Values, Respect is the humanity of character to value others and treat them with dignity.
Sub Lieutenant Innes said she strives to demonstrate respect by valuing the contribution of others, wearing her uniform with pride, and treating others as she would be treated.
“As a nurse you often see people at very stressful points in their lives, either for themselves or their loved ones,” she said.
“A lot of the people that presented to the drive-through clinics were very stressed due to limited knowledge on the process of testing, the uncertainty of the situation and impending lockdowns at the time.
“Despite this, I knew these people just wanted to do the right thing for their State, family and friends, so I made sure that I remained calm and in good spirits for them. I think this reinforced what they were there to do.
“Testing at a drive-through clinic for COVID-19 was an invaluable experience I did not foresee when I joined the Navy; however, it is exactly the type of operation I had hoped to be involved in, being professionally and personally challenged, and serving my country.”