Welcome to the latest edition of the Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health and to exciting times for the Journal as the editorial board seeks to improved the publication with an increased number of papers being submitted and increased sponsorship. We are looking forward to the future possibilities for the journal and the benefits to members.
Plans are well advanced for our coming of age conference at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre are well advanced and the number of delegates is strong given the financial constraints that the Defence Force and various state governments are under. In my mind, this confirms the importance of the conference to health professionals in the area of military and veterans’ health. For those of you that haven’t booked your place there is still time. We are delighted to have Dame Carol Black and COL Bob Hale as our keynote speakers. Many of you will be aware of Dame Carol’s work in the area of rehabilitation as a world leader in this field and Bob Hale is part of the team at San Antonio who is involved in face transplants for soldiers with gross facial disfigurement. This year the organising committee is value adding to the experience by holding three pre-conference workshops which we hope will be of interest to members and delegates.
Once again, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank members and the wider international health community for their contributions to the Journal and would ask that they continue contributing and encourage others especially our junior members.
Finally, congratulations to AIR CMDRE Tracy Smart who was honoured in the Queens Birthday awards, a richly deserved recognition to service to the Australian community.