MILITARY CAREER: Lt Col Alyson Auliff will be Stanthorpe's Anzac Day guest speaker next Wednesday.
MILITARY CAREER: Lt Col Alyson Auliff will be Stanthorpe's Anzac Day guest speaker next Wednesday. Contributed

Honourable role for scientist

ANZAC Day is about the people, more so than the battles themselves.

It's about the people who have made and continue to make a difference within our military.

One such individual is Stanthorpe's own Lieutenant Colonel Alyson Auliff.

While she mightn't have served in the bloody battlefields of some forlorn country, Alyson has been making her impact in the scientific field.

Lt Col Auliff will be Stanthorpe's special guest speaker at Anzac Day commemorations on Wednesday.

Her career began when she undertook undergraduate studies at the University of Queensland and was awarded a Bachelor of Science (Honours First Class) in the field of parasitology in 1999.

Soon after she was appointed to the Australian Army Reserves as a specialist service officer and was posted to the Australian Army Malaria Institute.

In 2000 she transferred to the Australian Army and remained at AMI (now known as the Australian Defence Force Malaria and Infectious Disease Institute).

Lt Col Auliff was deployed to East Timor in 2001 and then deployed to the Solomon Islands in 2004 as part of Operation Helpem Fren to advise Australian Defence Force personnel on malaria eradication before their return to Australia.

She collaborated with the US Navy in microscopy and clinical field drug treatment studies in 2001 in Jakarta, Indonesia and again in 2005 on Malo Island, Vanuatu.

She was involved in training military personnel from the Vietnamese People's Army in Hanoi and Truong xan-Quang Binh province, Vietnam, in both microscopy and field-based in vitro antimalarial drug susceptibility testing.

During her doctoral studies she was awarded three travel scholarships to present at international conferences and one travel scholarship to participate in short-term study at the University of Notre Dame in the US.

In early 2009, Lt Col Auliff was awarded the prestigious Australian American Fulbright Queensland Scholarship and the Chief of Army Scholarship.

In late 2014, Lt Col Auliff was selected by the Chief of Army to attend the 2015 Chief Executive Women's Leaders Program and last year was appointed as a Technical Lead for the Australian-China-Papua New Guinea Malaria Trilateral Project funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

"Anzac Day is very important every year to remember the supreme sacrifice made by so many men and women in all conflicts since the Boer War and ongoing,” Stanthorpe RSL sub-branch committee member Tom Page said.

"It's extremely important in Australian psyche that we never lose sight of what people before us have done and it's equally important to involve the younger generation so they can carry this tradition forward.”

Anzac Day times:

Stanthorpe

5.30am: Dawn Service at Weeroona Park followed by gunfire breakfast at the RSL.

10.30am: Anzac Day Parade down the main street.

10.50am: Anzac Day Service at Civic Centre.

Wallangarra

5.30am: Dawn Service at RSL Hall.

6.15am: Cemetery Service.

11.30am: Anzac Day Parade at RSL Hall.

12pm: Anzac Service at School of Arts.

Liston

5.30am: Dawn Service at Liston War Memorial to be followed by breakfast at the Liston Hall

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