Articles Categorized: Letters to the Editor

HMAS Westralia Remembered

Dear Editor.   May 2018 marks 20 years since the multiple fatality fire in HMAS Westralia during a training exercise off the coast of Western Australia. It should serve as a reminder of the dangers inherent in military service including training exercises. For those of us in the health professions the fire in HMAS Westralia should also… Read more »

In   Issue Volume 26 No.2 .

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, A REARGUARD DEFENCE: MEFLOQUINE, TAFENOQUINE, AND THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY MALARIA INSTITUTE I read with interest the recent article by Dr. Howie- Willis1, which extols the recent accomplishments of various staff of the Australian Army Malaria Institute (AAMI). I have concerns regarding the historical and factual accuracy of certain of the authors’ statements, particularly… Read more »

In   Issue Volume 26 No.1 .

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, JMVH ARTICLE: MALARIA OUTBREAK ABOARD HMAS NEWCASTLE As one of its non-corresponding authors, the JMVH article by Rose et al regarding the malaria outbreak aboard HMAS Newcastle in June 20I5l merits further elaboration. I first became involved with this article on 22 July 2015, when I was asked by the Director Navy Health… Read more »

In   Issue Volume 25 No. 3 .

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 .