From: Defence Media Centre
Date: Fri 9/03/2012 5:11 PM

ARMY OPENS THE DOORS TO A NEW ERA OF SOLDIER CARE

The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, officially opened the Lone Pine Soldier Recovery Centre at Robertson Barracks, in Darwin today.

Mr Snowdon said the 1st Brigade Soldier Recovery Centre, named after the historic Battle of Lone Pine, will provide seriously wounded, injured and ill soldiers with a dedicated venue to support them on the road of recovery.

“The Soldier Recovery Centre will provide critical support through the often difficult process of recovery, ensuring our soldiers care and rehabilitation is expertly managed.”

“The centre as it coordinates recovery training, education and transition programs specifically targeted to each individual, as well as providing support for their families.”

Commander of 1st Brigade, Brigadier Gus McLachlan AM, said the Soldier Recovery Centre will play an invaluable role in supporting the recovery of soldiers.

Brigadier McLachlan said the centre presents an enormous leap forward for the way Army can provide care for soldiers.

“Soldiers face many challenges on the road to rehabilitation, in the past accessing all the expertise and services in their normal place of work presented difficulties.

“Recognising the constant demands on Army with units on deployment or exercise, the centre gathers all that expertise under one roof.”

“The Soldier Recovery Centre helps ensure the delivery of world’s best practice techniques, and will hopefully allow members to return to work sooner, or ease their transition to new roles.”

Other Soldier Recovery Centres are located at 3rd Brigade in Townsville and 7th Brigade in Brisbane.

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