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13 February 2006

ADF takes medical help to remote Kanur

An Australian Defence Force medical team travelled to the remote village of Kanur to provide humanitarian medical aid to the people of the village affected by the 8 October 2005 earthquake that took the lives of some 250 local villagers.

An 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.

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The ADF medical centre, Camp Bradman, seen from a high mountainside in the Neelum Valley of Kashmir.
(Date taken: 22 January 2006)
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An Australian Black Hawk helicopter prepares to land in the village of Kanur, in the Neelum Valley of Kashmir.
(Date taken: 22 January 2006)
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Villagers gather with guidance from Pakistan Army soldiers while Colonel Andrew Sims, commander of the Australian Joint Task Force for Operation Pakistan Assist, oversees the work of a medical team flown in to the mountain village of Kanur.
(Date taken: 22 January 2006)
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In this view from the mountain village of Kanur, the ADF medical centre at Camp Bradman is visible at bottom centre on a levelled bluff above the Neelum River.
(Date taken: 22 January 2006)
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The re-built girls' school (foreground) of the village of Kanur, where more than 20 children were killed when the school collapsed during the earthquakes of 8 October 2005.
(Date taken: 22 January 2006)
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An Australian Defence Force medical team works out of a tent clinic (centre of picture) surrounded by earthquake rubble in the mountainside village of Kanur.
(Date taken: 22 January 2006)
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Assisted on the last stage by sympathetic bystanders, this man carried his sick grandmother on his back over more than two kilometres of mountain tracks to bring her to Kanur for medical attention from the Australian Defence Force team.
(Date taken: 22 January 2006)
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Warrant Officer (Class One) Michelle Wyatt (right) vaccinates a young boy while Private Kyle Potter (left) writes up the records in the village of Kanur.
(Date taken: 22 January 2006)
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Local children patiently wait their turn for vaccinations during an Australian Defence Force medical team visit to the mountain village of Kanur.
(Date taken: 22 January 2006)
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Warrant Officer (Class One) Michelle Wyatt gives a young girl a vaccination in the village of Kanur.
(Date taken: 22 January 2006)
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Local children wait patiently amid snow and earthquake devastation in the village of Kanur to see Australian Defence Force medical personnel for vaccinations.
(Date taken: 22 January 2006)
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Villagers of Kanur wait to see Australian Defence Force medical personnel at a tented clinic set up next to a house destroyed by earthquake.
(Date taken: 22 January 2006)
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Sergeant Maria Brown performs preliminary medical checks on a girl patient during an ADF medical team visit to the village of Kanur.
(Date taken: 22 January 2006)
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Major Maurice 'Spud' Murphy amid earthquake devastation of the mountain village of Kanur.
(Date taken: 22 January 2006)
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Private Kyle 'Squish' Potter gives a young girl of the village of Kanur an oral vaccine.
(Date taken: 22 January 2006)
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Private Kyle 'Squish' Potter administers an oral vaccine to a baby in the village of Kanur.
(Date taken: 22 January 2006)
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Private Kyle 'Squish' Potter vaccinates a young boy, helped by his father, while other people of the village of Kanur wait their turn.
(Date taken: 22 January 2006)
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