On ANZAC Day, attention usually focuses on those in the army, air force and navy who served on the front line of major conflicts. However, many unsung heroes can be found among the medical corps – those dedicated men and women who also serve under fire, and who have the unenviable job of dealing with the injuries received by their colleagues.

The hazards of the battle field can include bombs, mines, sniper fire, grenades and machine guns, all of which are designed to inflict maximum damage to our defence force personnel. The medic’s job encompasses administering first-response medical care, which can involve pre-hospital care, evacuation of casualties, and advanced life support. They can be called upon to deal with conventional and non-conventional injuries and illnesses, and to work in non-operational situations too, such as natural disasters.

When we are remembering our Defence Force personnel this ANZAC Day, remember also the medical personnel, without whom many soldiers, sailors and airmen and women may not have returned to their loved ones.

On the Sunshine Coast, memorial services are being held at Alexandra Headland, Buderim, Caloundra, Kawana, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Mudjimba, Coolum-Peregian and Tewantin.

For information on when and where to go for Sunshine Coast ANZAC Day services, please visit the sunshine Coast Council’s website, and the Sunshine Coast Daily.


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