Greetings and welcome to the first Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health for 2014. As the Journal goes to press, AMMA council is preparing to meet in Sydney to finalise some of the arrangements for our Annual Conference (17-19 October). 2014 marks a 100 years since the beginning of World War I, and it is perhaps timely that we remember the sacrifice of those who served Australia in that war and conflicts since. This year’s theme is “100 Years on, and your country still needs you”, for we should never forget the volatile nature of international relations and the potential to harm Australia’s interests.
This year it is the intent of Council to commission an external review of the Journal to look into all aspects of its operation. We hope that this review will provide some guidance to ensure that the Journal improves and provides members with a quality publication.
Our Journal remains a fundamental function of the Association and Council is committed to its publication and improvement. We would encourage anyone in the military community to submit and article for publication whether it is a randomised control trail or a case report; from medical officers to medical assistants. The journal is willing to assist, mentor, and encourage first time and junior authors as it has an extensive editorial and consultative board.
Finally, I would like to congratulate Bruce Waxman (OAM), Geoffrey Quail (OAM) and Len Brennan (AM) on being recognised for their outstanding work and generosity in the Australia Day honours.