NZDF

Palmerston North Woman Treating The Troops In New Caledonia

22 September 2014

LCPL Duxfield on-board CANTERBURY while entering the harbour at Devonport Naval base after participating in Exercise Croix Du Sud.
LCPL Duxfield on-board CANTERBURY while entering the harbour at Devonport Naval base after participating in Exercise Croix Du Sud.

Providing medical treatment for 50 New Zealand Defence Force personnel deployed to New Caledonia is business as usual for Palmerston North woman, Lance Corporal (LCPL) Liz Duxfield.

LCPL Duxfield, 27, was one of two New Zealand Army medics that were deployed to New Caledonia with the 1st Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. The medical team were responsible for providing immediate medical support to the Army contingent participating in Exercise Croix Du Sud.

Exercise Croix Du Sud is a joint amphibious exercise, aimed to foster and sustain co-operative Defence relationships in our corner of the world. Military Forces from nine nations were involved in realistic Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR), and Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations (NEO) training.

The NZDF does a considerable amount of work in HADR. In the past 12 months alone the NZDF has deployed assets to multi-national HADR efforts after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and floods in the Solomon Islands.

Multi-national exercises are nothing new for LCPL Duxfield, having participated in Pacific Partnership last year where she provided medical support to the troops, visited medical centres in Kiribati and the Solomon Islands, helped Army engineers build schools and embarked on a US Navy hospital ship, an experience that exposed her to capability she hadn’t yet been a part of. Exercise Croix Du Sud saw LCPL Duxfield working alongside the Royal New Zealand Navy medics, as well as medics from Canada, France and America.

“Working alongside other military medics, you’re able to build upon your existing knowledge, learn new skills and share stories of your experiences in the field,” said LCPL Duxfield.

LCPL Duxfield holds a Diploma in Health Science, funded by the NZDF, and since returning to New Zealand she has begun a Bachelor Degree in Health Science. She regularly conducts first aid training and combat lifesaving courses, something she says is extremely rewarding.

Alongside teaching, LCPL Duxfield plays volleyball for a local Palmerston North team, and plays percussion in the Manawatu Concert Band.

 

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