Royal Australian Air Force mass patient Aeromedical evacuation capability
Cameron Brockel RN BN MN(ICU)
Squadron Leader, Defence Force Recruiting
Cameron Brockel completed his Bachelor of Nursing at Central Queensland University in 1994. He spent a couple of years in the private sector then started with Queensland Health in 1996 working in various Intensive Care Units in South East Queensland. He progressed to become Nurse Unit Manager of Caboolture Hospitals Critical Care Unit and then as an ICU Nurse Educator for Metro North Health Service District. In 2007 he joined the Royal Australian Air Force initially as a Reserve Nursing Officer and in 2008 transferred to the Permanent Air Force to commence his full-time Defence career.
Cameron has extensive Military Aeromedical Evacuation (AME) Experience with over 400 flying hours on various military and civilian platforms in addition to 200 hours as an AME instructor. He was part of the RAAF AME teams that evacuated Cairns Base and Private Hospitals in the lead up to Cyclone Yasi in 2011 and coordinated AME teams deployed in support of Vanuatu, Fiji and Nepal in the wake of disasters in those areas. Cameron has deployed on OPERATION SLIPPER in Afghanistan as the Aeromedical Evacuation Liaison Officer, on OPERATION HAWICK as part of the AME team supporting the MH17 Crash Investigation team in Ukraine and on OPERATION ACCORDION as the Officer in Charge of the Australian Role 1 Enhanced Medical Centre.
Cameron is currently posted to Defence Force Recruiting as part of the Specialist Recruiting Team for all ADF Health roles.
The Royal Australian Air Force offers a unique capability in support of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations. It is the only mass evacuation capability within Australia’s area of interest and has been used on a number of occasions in support of a Whole of Government response to various disasters within Australia and abroad.
This presentation will examine the lessons learnt from Bali; the development of current RAAF Aeromedical Evacuation capability; examples of recent mass evacuations such as OP YASI ASSIST and the evacuation of Cairns Base and Private Hospitals, OP QUEENSLAND FLOOD ASSIST and the evacuation of Bundaberg Hospital, and the support provided to Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam and Nepal after the devastating earthquake; and the way forward for future AME capability.
Within Australia and its regional of interest the Royal Australian Air Force offers a unique capability for mass patient aeromedical evacuation.