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Civilian Nurses, Australian Surgical Teams, Vietnam 1964-1972
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The group has now changed its name to ACM/ST-V meaning Australian Civilian Medical/Surgical Teams Vietnam 1964-1972. But CNASTV remains as a sub-branch.

Membership of ACM/ST is open to all civilian health professionals who served in Vietnam during the war.

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Patron: Dame Beryl Beaurepaire AC  DBE

Open to all who served on the Australian Surgical Teams, Vietnam 1964-1972
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Australian Surgical Team in action in 1967
Dr Tom Calou examines a child with nurse Kay Parnell
and Interpreter Kim. Student nurses in background.
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A nurse with a gun?
Pat Deal, Long Xuyen 1968, learns to use a M16
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"We'd been told we would be doing surgery and teaching local doctors and nurses. When we got there we found ourselves totally embroiled in war trauma. There was no time for teaching at all. It was frontline surgery under frontline conditions..."

"We did a lot of major surgery: amputations, stitching up and dealing with the aftermath of a US bullet that explodes on impact. It's still used today - it leaves a very small entrance hole, but when you get inside the patient everything has been absolutely mashed. I remember one patient with a live mortar head in the abdomen that had to be removed without any of us being blown up. Highly stressful, highly dangerous..."

"(After we got home) We were never debriefed and nobody wanted to know anyway, with the result that doctors, nurses, radiographers, all of us just pushed everything down. Many of us are suffering the psychological effects of that now..."

"I remember in the late 70s asking my doctor if what was wrong with me could have been the result of my time in Vietnam. He said: 'No way. Agent Orange was nowhere near Bien Hoa.' They Subsequently discovered that province was probably the most sprayed in the war..."

The above quotes are from Dot Angell, interviewed by Helen O'Neill and published in The Weekend Australian Magazine, April 21-22,2001.©Reproduced by permission of both the author and the interviewee.

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