Aspen Medical has become the first private medical organisation to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Australian Defence Force (ADF), in support of Reservists across all of its Australian operations.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, said the MOU will form a strong basis for further cooperation between Defence and Aspen in managing a shared workforce.
“This MOU will ensure an easier release process when Reservists are called to serve. It will also assist them in dealing with the competing priorities of family, employer and of Defence,” Senator Feeney said.
Aspen Medical is an Australian-owned company that specialises in providing health solutions in remote and austere environments as well as metropolitan areas. It is currently one of the largest on-base providers of healthcare services to the ADF, both across Australia and in operational zones. Aspen provides medical practitioners and allied health professionals to all 52 ADF facilities across Australia and delivers the ‘Care of Battle Casualty’ first aid training course to all ADF personnel deploying to the Middle East.
Deputy Head Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division, Commodore Robert Morrison, and Aspen Managing Director, Glenn Keys, signed the MOU.
Commodore Morrison said Reservist health professionals provided Defence with a significant capability. “The vast majority of Defence’s health professionals are Reservists. As such, it is critical to ensure we have a solid relationship with private and public sector organisations that employ them in a civilian capacity,” he said.
Mr Keys said Aspen valued the unique contribution Reservists brought to Aspen.
“Our support of the Australian Defence Force is something that we are proud of and is attractive to many of our staff. Aspen sees this agreement with the ADF as another sign of our commitment and support of Defence at every level of Aspen; be it delivery of services on base, in operational zones or providing Care Under Fire Training in the Middle East.”
Aspen Medical was presented a Defence Reserves Support Council Employer Support Award in June this year.
Office of Senator Feeney: Jeffrey Von Drehnen 0477 348 476
Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division: Deanna Nott 0438 013 548
Aspen Medical: Allison Roesler-Vannan 0408 768 791