Articles Categorized: Editorial


Seventy-five years on On 19 February 1942, Darwin was bombed in the largest single attack by Japan on Australia. The first of more than 100 air raids on Australia, which included further attacks on Darwin, Broome, Townsville and Port Hedland over the next two years, this attack involved 242 Japanese aircraft, in two separate raids, targetting the town, the 65… Read more »

In   Issue Volume 25 No. 1 .

The Battle of the Sunda Strait

On 28th February 1942, HMAS PERTH, a light cruiser, and USS HOUSTON, a heavy cruiser, having survived the Battle of the Java Sea the previous day, stopped briefly in Tanjung Priok, Jakarta’s port, to take on limited supplies of fuel and ammunition, before being ordered to withdraw to the south of Java via the Sunda… Read more »

By Andrew Robertson In   Issue Volume 24 No. 4 .


Back in early June, the Navy Health Reserve was asked to provide some health staff for an Army exercise, Exercise Hamel, to be held at the end of June 2016. In itself, this request was nothing unusual; such requests for support of military operations and exercises are frequent. What was interesting is that I had… Read more »

In   Issue Volume 24 No. 3 .

Editorial Board

Scott Kitchener This  has been a year of change  for the Journal. After a long and colourful  career. CAPT Jenny Graham has departed  from active service  with the ADF and also her role on the AMMA Executive as the Editor of the Journal.  She not only w ill be. but had been sorely missed – a… Read more »

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History Lessons Learned

The theme of this edition of JMVH is historical; the raison d’être for such an edition is the belief that there are lessons for today from the experiences of yesterday. This view has not been universally accepted throughout history. The American car-maker and entrepreneur Henry Ford was one who did not see the study of… Read more »

By Dr Keith Horsley In   Issue Volume 20 No. 2 .

Epidemiology and prevention of tropical diseases of military importance: a special issue

Historically, tropical diseases have remained a significant threat to military operations in tropical zones,1-4 especially in the developing country environment, which are often areas characterized by extremes of poverty, environment, endemic disease, and inadequate public health resources.  In the past decade, military deployments to war-like areas, such as Iraq and Afghanistan, has seen an increased… Read more »

By Peter Leggat In   Issue Volume 19 No. 4 .

Florence Nightingale

This year, 2010, is the Centenary of the death of Florence Nightingale.  She died in 1910, at the age of 90, which was a notable age to reach at that time, although many of her family  lived to a similar age.. It is customary to think of Florence as the founder of modern nursing.  The… Read more »

By Dr Keith Horsley In   Issue Volume 18 No. 4 .

Lessons Learned

One of the important lessons that all military health personnel should learn early on is that, as originally expostulated by George Santayana, “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” I have recently reviewed some old letters from my Great-Uncle Captain Gordon Ochiltree Robertson, who served as the Regimental Medical Officer (RMO)… Read more »

By Andrew Robertson In   Issue Volume 18 No. 3 .

Baily Flag

On 14 September 1915, Tasmania’s Seventh Field Ambulance C Section relieved the New Zealanders who were in charge of the dressing station under Hill 971, to the left of the Australian position at Gallipoli’s Chailak Dere. The worst of the fighting was finished, the British having nearly conceded defeat. Even so, although a Red Cross… Read more »

In   Issue Volume 18 No. 2 .