01 January 2006
Medivac imagery from Operation Pakistan Assist
Australian Defence Force medical team is working in Pakistan and Kashmir
as part of a humanitarian mission to provide vital health care assistance
to people affected by the 8 October 2005 South Asia earthquakes.
The team has established a medical centre at the remote town of Dhanni,
about 20km north-east of Muzaffarabad, on the Pakistan side of the Kashmir
Line Of Control.
The team, of about 140 personnel, includes medical personnel, a command
element, an aviation detachment and logistics and communication personnel.
Four Black Hawk helicopters are deployed to provide essential transport
and support tasks.
The helicopters give the ADF team the mobility to extend medical care
from the central hub at Dhanni to assist a large number of people in
the harsh terrain of the surrounding region who need medical attention
as a result of the earthquake.
The Black Hawk detachment is primarily from the Australian Army 5th
Aviation Regiment based in Townsville.
The health and support personnel comprise members of the Army's logistic
support force based at Randwick Barracks, Sydney; a Royal Australian
Air Force primary health care team from Richmond, New South Wales; and
personnel drawn from a range of units across Australia, including Reserves.