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Major contract strengthens state's reputation as defence leader

10 April 2012    


Leading occupational health and wellbeing provider, Corporate Health Group Defence (CHG Defence), has won a major contract to deliver services to the Australian Defence Force (ADF), enhancing South Australia’s reputation as the nation’s Defence State.

SA-based CHG Defence has signed a contract with the Prime Contractor for Defence Force Recruiting, ManpowerGroup the global leader in innovative workforce solutions.  Under this contract, CHG Defence will be working in collaboration with ManpowerGroup and ADF personnel through the provision of specialised medical assessments for candidates applying to join the ADF in every State and Territory in Australia.

Corporate Health Group Chairman and founder Dr John Wyett said the new contract further strengthened the organisation’s four-year relationship with the ADF.

“As a South Australian-based and owned company since our establishment in 1976, we are very proud to have won this significant five year contract worth in the order of $80 million.  The contract has the potential to be extended to a ten year term based on performance.’’ Dr Wyett said.

“The State is already well established and recognised as the nation’s Defence State and the SA Government’s clear direction for the future of defence is to grow defence presence and sustainable defence industries.

“This contract ensures CHG’s expertise in Defence occupational health continues to contribute to South Australia’s Defence capability.’’

CHG CEO Kay Neill, who is also Defence Force Recruiting National Medical Manager, explained the organisation employs around 100 medical practitioners, nurses and administrators to conduct specialist medical assessments.

She said CHG plays an integral role in assessing candidates against the rigourous entry standards.  ADF personnel need to achieve the highest standard of medical and physical well-being to allow the successful completion of all military duties. These are often performed in isolated and demanding environments where there is limited access to medical care.

These high standards are necessary not just because of the operational demands in the ADF, but also to protect personnel and their future well-being.

“The medical assessments of ADF candidates are carried out in 16 Defence Force Recruiting Centres in each state and territory,’’ Ms Neill said.

“The assessments are designed to meet the rigorous defence health criteria and our innovative approach is aimed at ensuring ADF recruits are able to meet the precise and demanding operational needs across all areas of defence.’’

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