Articles Categorized: Letters to the Editor

Personal Observations: Report on the 4th ADF Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) Conference, Brisbane, March 2015

Commander Neil Westphalen Dear Editor, The JMVH article by Licina et al, reporting on the 4th Australian Defence Force (ADF) Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) Conference in Brisbane in March 20151, merits the following observations. The article initially refers to a range of future challenges in the Asia-Pacific region, such as climate change, environmental degradation, political instability and terrorist threats,… Read more »

In   Issue Volume 25 No. 1 .

Letter to the Editor – Westphalen

07 March 2015 Dear Editor, The article by Kristina Griffin regarding the evolution and role changes of Australian military medics1 requires some amplification and clarification regarding its scope and conclusions: The content and referencing of the article is clearly limited to those ADF medics who provide health support for operations It is respectfully suggested that… Read more »

By Neil Westphalen In   Issue Volume 23 No. 2 .

Letter to the Editor – Mackie

Dear Editor Recently, Clifford (2014) conducted a literature review of compassion fatigue and burnout in military health professionals. As noted by the author, the recent Dunt Review highlights the issue of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has raised the awareness and public debate of this service related  injury.  Moreover, the authors focus of discussion in relation… Read more »

By Benjamin Mackie In   Issue Volume 23 No. 2 .

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor Recently, while reading Sherwin Nuland’s Doctors: The Biography of Medicine in relation to the impacts on medicine of Rene Laennec’s invention of the stethoscope, Nuland writes about four milestones in a medical student’s education.1 First is the introduction to the cadaver. Second is buying your first stethoscope at the medical society bookshop. Third… Read more »

By John Frith In   Issue Volume 22 No. 3 .

Lessons Learnt – The Role of a Defence Liaison Officer for Data Collection of Australian Defence Force Personnel

Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel are part of a highly organised, large and disciplined force. As such you would expect that asking its members to participate in research should be a very smooth and straight forward process. Yet, the recruitment and data collection process for the Military Health Outcomes Program (MilHOP) studies illustrated that a… Read more »

By Stephen Pullman In   Issue Volume 21 No. 1 .

In response: PTSD Article JMVH October 2010

acknowledge the impassioned responses to my contentious article on PTSD (JMVH- Apr 10) and I would expect nothing less from my mental health colleagues. Independent commentary by one with no vested interest in diagnosing and managing PTSD should be embraced as part of robust debate regarding this fashionable condition.  I hasten to remind the respondents… Read more »

By Douglas McKenzie In   Issue Volume 19 No. 4 .

In response to McKenzie D. An Holistic view of post-traumatic stress disorder

McKenzie’s article is a poorly written, and edited, polemic containing a number of sweeping statements, some of which are provocative and some that are offensive. Such an obvious exercise in ‘pot-stirring’ should at least be properly researched. Thirty seconds on-line confirmed the suspicion that his figures for Australians killed in World War Two were hopelessly… Read more »

By In   Issue Volume 18 No. 4 .

Letter in response to Douglas McKenzie Article

Sir, I would like to bring to your readers’ attention an inaccurate comment in a recent JMVH article on DVA accepted disability claims for posttraumatic stress disorder, concerning the second Australian Contingent to Rwanda, ASC2. McKenzie’s unreferenced article suggested that ‘the 2nd Australian Contingent to Rwanda, 20% of whom observed the Kibeho massacre, now has… Read more »

By Prof Peter Warfe In   Issue Volume 18 No. 4 .