Articles Categorized: A View from the Front

LEGAL MEDICINE ASPECTS OF PRACTISING MEDICINE IN THE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE (ADF) – A personal perspective

  Introduction The practice of medicine in the ADF is becoming increasingly complicated by administrative requirements, Health Directives and Instructions, with better informed patients and by an increasing doctor liability for medical outcomes. Patients and lawyers perceive modern medicine to be an exact science and, consequently, expect positive outcomes and have reduced tolerance for adverse… Read more »

By Douglas McKenzie In   Issue Volume 22 No. 1 .

Lessons Learnt in Asylum Seeker Health, a Personal Reflection

Operation Resolute is the ADF’s contribution to domestic maritime security activities.  At any one time up to 400 ADF personnel are assigned to Operation Resolute.  The commitment includes RAN Armidale-class Patrol Boats (ACPB), AP-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Australian Army Regional Force Surveillance Units, a Transit Security Element and standby RAN fleet units.  A Medical… Read more »

By Katrina Sanders In   Issue Volume 19 No. 3 .

A holistic view of post-traumatic stress disorder

Introduction Post–Traumatic Stress symptoms account for an increasing number of presentations to health service facilities by Australian Defence Force personnel . The cost of management is absorbing a significant proportion of the Defence health budget, much of it expended on external health care providers. The recent disproportionate increase in mental disabilities, such as Post -Traumatic… Read more »

By Douglas McKenzie In   Issue Volume 18 No. 2 .

Retention of Senior Medical Officers, time for a rethink on career progression?

A large preoccupation of junior medical officers in the military is to think about our return of service obligation and the decision on whether or not we will choose to stay beyond it. One of the most significant retaining factors will be whether or not we see ourselves enjoying the work that comes with the… Read more »

By Michael Clements In   Issue Volume 16 No. 4 .