Articles Categorized: Commentary

A Commentary: Rethinking approaches to Resilience and Mental Health Training

M. Crane, D. Boga Abstract While exposure to demands are normally considered to drain resources and threaten wellbeing, some people experience growth and development from adversity that fosters adaptations in human functioning. Recent research has revealed a positive role for adversity in building the ability to adapt well to future adversity. However, how and why adversity functions to… Read more »

In   Issue Volume 25 No. 1 .

Aligning Defence Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) Capability with Future Requirements: The 4th Australian Defence Force EOH Conference

Introduction Eleven years ago, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) held the third Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) Conference. Much has changed within the Pacific region and the world since that time. In recent years, ADF EOH personnel have supported numerous missions across the spectrum of operations. These missions included humanitarian assistance such as Exercise Pacific Partnership, disaster relief during Operation Philippines Assist, conflict support… Read more »

By Derek Licina , A Brittain , A. Tout , T. Strickland and D. Taplin In   Issue Volume 24 No.2 .

Will the introduction of the National Broadband Network change the face of preventive medicine?

Introduction Aging of the Australian population will increase the demand and provision of health services. Older Australians are significant users of healthcare, which is in disproportion to their number .1 A large proportion of health utilisation is devoted to managing chronic diseases,2 many of which  are to a certain degree preventable. Some of the diseases… Read more »

By Eva Pietrzak , Stephen Pullman , Cristina Cotea , Peter Nasveld and Prof Peter Warfe In   Issue Volume 21 No. 3 .

Intrinsic and External Factors and Influences on the Motivation of Suicide Attackers

INTRODUCTION AND DEFINITIONS Suicide terrorism is the most extreme example of asymmetrical warfare.  It is dramatic, frightening and can be very effective for the terrorist group which employs it.  The psychological effects are out of proportion to the damage caused.  The individual attackers have a mixture of motivations and the combination of motivators varies between… Read more »

By Gregor Bruce In   Issue Volume 21 No. 3 .

Military ‘live tissue trauma training’ using animals in the US – its purpose, importance and commentary on military medical research and the debate on use of animals in military training

Introduction There has been a significant change in the types of injuries sustained on the modern battlefield due to the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) which are designed to cause severe penetrating injuries to limbs and torso, often resulting in massive haemorrhage in  injured soldiers. Massive haemorrhage is the most common preventable cause of… Read more »

By Gary Martinic In   Issue Volume 20 No. 4 .

Post-traumatic stress disorder – in response to McKenzie’s holistic view

When discussing an issue as complex as psychological injury, opinion and belief can distract from knowledge”1 McKenzie’s2 paper is thought-provoking and raises several perennial issues for the assessment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). McKenzie appears to be making several points. Firstly, that there is an increasing prevalence of PTSD in ADF personnel, with this… Read more »

By Stephen Rayner In   Issue Volume 18 No. 4 .

Myers – the Dawn of a New Era

For both military medicine and for psychiatry, this paper is very important and even today there are lessons that can be taken from this work. There are interesting facets to all aspects of this article. To begin with, the title of the article is important. Myers describes his paper as “a contribution to the study… Read more »

By Dr Keith Horsley In   Issue Volume 16 No. 1 .

Initiating an Australian Deployment Health Surveillance Program

This first issue of the new Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health publishes a significant paper in the history of deployment health surveillance. The paper by Associate Professor Scott Kitchener and colleagues from the Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health describes a small but seminal Australian pilot project that has informed the foundation and development… Read more »

By Alexander McFarlane , Nikki Ellis and Susan Treloar In   Issue Volume 16 No. 1 .