President’s Message

By Greg Mahoney In   Issue Volume 20 No. 4 .

Welcome to the latest edition of JMVH , in October the association conducted its annual conference in Brisbane with over 340 delegates and 34 trade exhibitors.   It was magnificent occasion and a great opportunity to catch up with old and new friends and hear the latest advances in military medicine. There were some very impressive presentations with our keynote speakers, Professor Dame Carol Black and Colonel Bob Hale adding to the occasion. This year also saw the inaugural Rear Admiral Graeme Shirtley  Oration with was delivered by Air Vice Marshal Hugh Bartholomeusz who set a high standard for those to follow.  I like to thank all those who contributed to ensuring the conferences success; our 86 presenters, the organising committee and, the Association’s secretariat.

Congratulations, too, to the award winners;

  • Weary Dunlop Award – Kylie Douglas
  • JMVH New Author’s Award – Rolf Sellentin & Penny Sanchez
  • JMVH Editor’s Award – Stephen Pullman, Eva Pietrzak, Cristina Cotea and Peter Nasveld
  • Patron’s Award – Anthony Holley
  • Foundation Park Award (Best Veteran Paper) – Kathryn Puskhar

Next year the conference will be our 22nd and will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 1-3 November.

During the conference the Association’s annual general meeting was held with Jenny Lumsden being elected to council following the non-renomination of Stewart Robinson. But the big news is that the association is now called the Australasian Military Medicine Association as this better reflects the association’s membership and future directions.  We hope, too,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.

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