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CURTIS, Nicole Moyneen

CURTIS, Nicole Moyneen


Nicole Moyneen Curtis is a daughter of I R Curtis. She was at Queenscliff Kindergarten, then came to the College (1984-86) having spent the intervening years at Sacred Heart College, Newtown. She studied Medicine at Monash University, graduating MBBS in 1995.

Commander Nicole Curtis served as Medical Officer on HMAS Arunta in the Royal Australian Navy in East Timor in 1999, and in Operation Catalyst (Middle East) in 2005.

In 2007 she graduated from the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security at the University of Wollongong with a Graduate Certificate in Maritime Studies (with Australian Defence Colleges).

'Australian Doctor' ran a story in January 2007 on Nicole's career, entitled 'On Tour with the Prime Minister' :
'Few GPs can boast of having travelled in a prime ministerial motorcade, but the Royal Australian Navy's Lt-Cmdr Nicole Curtis is one of them. In 2005, she accompanied Prime Minister Mr John Howard on his VIP plane to an Asia-Pacific Economic Co­operation meeting in South Korea, a visit to Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to the Commnonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta. Lt-Cmdr Curtis joined the navy in 1995, during her last year at university, attracted to the sea by friends already in the service. Watching passing ships as she was growing up in Point Lonsdale in Victoria, also played a role. 'Ho Chi Minh City was the first foreign port the navy took me to and it never got any worse,' she says. '(The navy) is an opportunity to see different parts of the world on a very long, free trip'. ...

Initially anxious about dealing with emergencies at sea, Lt-Cmdr Curtis has found the most difficult situations are actually routine general practice problems that can't be managed with the limited medical supplies on board. 'The things that get to me at sea are weird rashes that I have never seen,' she says. Emergencies at sea have included AF and a suspected subruachnoid haemorrhage. But her most hair-raising moment was a man-overboard incident in terrible weather. The ship was a week from help and, by the time the man was retrieved, his condition was poor. 'The guy did end up being okay,' she says. 'But I was worried because his conscious state kept dropping and he was not very warm.' For the past three years Lt-Cmdr Curtis has worked as a deputy fleet officer at Maritime Headquarters in Sydney training medics and providing advice to medics and doctors at sea. She will spend the next 12 months away from medicine, studying defence strategy and leadership at the Australian Command and Staff College in Canberra. 'I like the opportunity to do different things, see different things,' she says. 'Probably one day I'll settle into community general practice, if there is such a thing, but at the moment I am still getting a lot out of defence and enjoying it.'



Sources: 'Geelong Collegians at the Second World War and Subsequent Conflicts' compiled by J. Affleck p565 (citing The Pegasus; Australian War Memorial; Australian Doctor, January 2007).
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