Welcome to the latest edition of JMVH in which we showcase the talents of our conference authors, publishing their abstracts from the 2013 AMMA /Repat Foundation Joint Conference.
Thank you to all the speakers for their contribution to a very successful program. In particular our Keynote Speakers COL Timothy Hodgetts (UK), Dr Brendan Nelson, MAJGEN John Cantwell and our Voices of Veterans Mr Bob Walter, Sgt Sarah Webster and Mr Bronson Horan. I think those that attended would agree that their presentations were inspiring and thought provoking.
Prior to the Conference, AMMA conducted an Aviation Medicine Workshop and we would like to thank Dr Elicia McGinniss, Dr Gordon Cable and especially Dr Adrian Smith for providing their time in putting together and delivering a great program. We will be conducting more workshops in 2014 so watch out for information on this.
Congratulations are noted to the following conference award winners. Weary Dunlop Award – Isaac Seidl, Poster Award – Dan Corkery, JMVH New Author’s Award – Goran (Gary) Martinic, JMVH Editor’s Award – Susan Neuhaus and Sharon Mascall-Dare, The Repat Foundation Award (Best Veteran Paper) – Steven S. Coughlin, Rebecca B. McNeil, Dawn T. Provenzale, Erin K. Dursa & Catherine M. Thomas
Congratulations also go to Colonel Murray Hayes, RAADC for his winning image from the Battlefield Photo Competition titled “Hi Ho Hi Ho, it’s off to theatre we go” which is featured as the cover photo for this edition.
During the conference the Association’s annual general meeting was held and all council members were re-elected to their positions and I thank them again for their time and dedication to the association. We hope in the coming months to be able to report on developments with the Journal and sponsorship which will assist in ensuring the Journal’s sustainability.
We wish you all a prosperous and Happy New Year for 2014 and hope to see you at the next AMMA Annual Conference at the Hilton Sydney from 17-19 October 2014.