Articles Categorized: Original Research & Articles

Military Personnel and Psychological Support: An Analysis Based on Social Representation Theory

V. Karamanoli, K. Papachristopoulos Background: Seeking mental help in military contexts seems to be the last choice for those who have psychological problems among military personnel. Personal and interpersonal factors are associated with the perception of stigma concerning seeking mental help, especially in the military, and research on potential barriers regarding the search for psychological help can provide… Read more »

In   Issue Volume 25 No. 1 .

Teledermatology – A proposed Model for the Australian Defence Force

Colgrave, Nevin; MBBS (Hons), FRACGP, MPH, DCH, BIntBus, GradDip Chinese Lang; Village Family Practice Muir, Jim; MBBS, FACD; South East Dermatology Keywords: Teledermatology, Australian Defence Force, Tele-Derm National, Rural and Remote Medical Education Online Abstract Background: Teledermatology is becoming increasingly popular as a way of providing specialist review of dermatology patients in remote areas. The… Read more »

By Nevin Colgrave In   Issue Volume 24 No. 4 .

The Effects of Hippotherapy on Motor Performance in Veterans with Disabilities: A Case Report

R L Aldridge Jr,1 A. Morgan,2 A. Lewis1 Abstract The purpose of this case report was to compare traditional physical therapy to hippotherapy combined with traditional physical therapy on the motor performance of a 34-year-old male military veteran with low back and neck pain. Hippotherapy, as a treatment strategy, uses the movement of a horse… Read more »

By R L Aldridge Jr , A. Morgan and A. Lewis In   Issue Volume 24 No. 3 .

Vitamin D Correlation with Testosterone Concentration in Male US Soldiers and Veterans

L M. Wentz,1 C S. Berry-Cabán,2 Q Wu,3 J D. Eldred4 Abstract Background: Vitamin D has been positively correlated with testosterone in older men, but these hormonal relationships have not been examined in military personnel. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify significant correlations between vitamin D and testosterone concentrations in male soldiers… Read more »

By L M. Wentz , C S. Berry-Cabán , Q Wu and J D. Eldred In   Issue Volume 24 No. 3 .

Predictors of Depression Diagnoses and Symptoms in United States Female Veterans: Results from a National Survey and Implications for Programming

K. H. Thomas, D. L. Albright, M. M. Shields, E. Kaufman, C. Michaud, S. Plummer Taylor, K. Hamner Abstract Background and Purpose: Research suggests that female veterans of the United States military are more likely than their male counterparts to report mental health concerns such as posttraumatic stress, depression and suicidal thoughts. The purpose of… Read more »

By K. H. Thomas , D. L. Albright , M. M. Shields , E. Kaufman , C. Michaud , S. Plummer Taylor and K. Hamner In   Issue Volume 24 No. 3 .

Effects of Penthrox® (methoxyflurane) as an analgesic on cardiovascular and respiratory functions in the pre-hospital setting

Methoxyflurane (Penthrox®) was initially introduced as an analgesic into Australian ambulance services in 1974. The last 40 years have seen it become extensively used in all government and nongovernment emergency ambulance services as well as private ambulance providers and patient transport sectors. Its short onset of action and effective analgesic properties makes the drug an important pain relief option in pre-hospital management. Additionally, methoxyflurane… Read more »

By H F Oxer In   Issue Volume 24 No.2 .

Health characteristics and self-identified health promotion needs of Army personnel in Perth Western Australia

Introduction Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel require high levels of health and fitness to cope with the inherently stressful situations that occur as part of military life. However, several health and lifestyle issues among ADF personnel have been identified relating to mental health and alcohol use1, tobacco smoking in deployed personnel2 and increased body mass index (BMI).3 Mental disorders among service personnel have… Read more »

By S.Batt , P. Geerlings and C. Fetherston In   Issue Volume 24 No.2 .

Nursing Services in the New Zealand Defence Force: A Review After 100 Years

Abstract This year marks 100 years since the inception of the Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps. The centenary provides an opportune time to reflect upon the nature of military nursing in New Zealand today. The past century has seen significant changes in the way in which nursing services are configured as well as to whom care… Read more »

By Maree Sheard , Annette Huntington and Jean Gilmour In   Issue Volume 24 No.1 .

Epidemiology of Medical Discharge in the New Zealand Defence Force

Introduction The military demands a high level of physical and psychological health of its members throughout their career. Physical or mental illness may render service members disabled or at least unable to achieve minimum health standards required for their role, at which point they may be discharged from service. Discharge and release from service is an inevitable and necessary part of business. However… Read more »

By G.S. Iremonger , K. Atalag , B.J. Johnston and A.D.K Campbell In   Issue Volume 23 No. 4 .

On Working with Veterans: What Social Work and Nursing Students Need to Know

Abstract Background: Specialised care for veterans and military families is needed to respond to the unique health problems they experience. However, specific components of such training have yet to be examined. Purpose: This investigation aimed to gather feedback from social work and nursing students on their experiences in a veteran-specific clinical placement to determine content… Read more »

By Braden K. Linn , Lisa D. Butler , Susan A. Bruce , Katie McClain-Meeder and Mary Ann Meeker In   Issue Volume 23 No. 3 .