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SCHOOL OF ARMY HEALTH PORTSEA

In 1984, the Minister for Defence announced that the School of Army Health would vacate Norris Barracks at Healesville in 1986. The last Commanding Officer / Chief Instructor (CO/CI) at Healesville was LTCOL P.A.R. (Phillip) Hills, who was charged with the responsibility for the planning of the move to the new location.

The School of Army Health started the move to Portsea in January 1986, this time into the barracks vacated by the Officer Cadet School (OCS). The site that OCS occupied was on the southern side of the Portsea village, in buildings previously used by the Quarantine Station on Port Nepean. The first CO was LTCOL (later BRIG) Brian Vale. The first RSM was WO1 Peter Short. The barracks at Portsea were officially named Norris Barracks on 5 Aug 1986.

Portsea
Main Entrance - Circa 1994-95 - Photo Courtersy Matt Preston

Portsea
Aerial View of School of Army Health Portsea - Photo courtesy of Matt Preston


Course Photos

Portsea
AMC Course 1993 - Photo courtesy Matt Preston

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medic course

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First Tri Service Course Badcoe Hall - Photo courtesy Matt Preston

Portsea
Model Ward 1994 - Photo courtesy Matt Preston

Portsea
Trade Training Wing Crica 1994-95 - Photo courtesy of Matt Preston

Portsea
Medical Assistant Exercise Circa 1993 - Photo courtesy of Matt Preston