Launch Of The Adf's Paralympic Sports Program And Association

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DEFENCE MEDIA ALERT



Issued by Ministerial Support and Public Affairs, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT

Phone: 02 6127 1999, Fax: 02 6265 6946



MSPA 156/10

Tuesday, 11 May 2010


Launch of the Australian Defence Force 

Paralympic Sports Program and Association


What:

The official launch of the Australian Defence Force Paralympic Sports

Program and Association. 


Where:

R1 Theatrette, Russell Offices, Department of Defence, Canberra.


When:

1300h, Wednesday, 12th May 2010. 


The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, will tomorrow launch the

Australian Defence Force Paralympic Sports Program and Association -

a joint initiative

between the Australian Defence Force and the Australian Paralympic Committee.


A signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Australian Paralympic

Committee will also occur. The MOU will deliver a number of enhancements to the physical

rehabilitation services available to ADF members who have acquired a disability during their

period of service.


Current serving Defence member and Beijing Paralympian Private Stephen Osborne will be

available to the media. 


Drawing on the specialist sports science and sports medicine knowledge of the Australian

Paralympic Committee, ADF members will now have their rehabilitation enhanced in a

number of groundbreaking ways, including: 



specialised physical fitness training and rehabilitation


sporting pathways – rehabilitation services from hospital discharge allowing ADF

members to regain their physical fitness and mobility, right through to selection in the

Australian Paralympic Team


specialist advice in equipment and prosthetics


specialist training for Defence Physical Training Instructors and Physiotherapists


access to Australian Paralympic Committee programs, including talent identification

programs. 


Media Note: 

Media wishing to attend the official launch should arrive at the R1 Theatrette, Russell

Offices, Department of Defence, Canberra no later than 1240 for a briefing.


Media contact: 

Kel Watt (Joint Health Command): 02 6266 2246 or 0411 707 489

Defence Media Liaison: 02 6127 1999 









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