Volume 19 No. 3

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The changing role and treatment techniques of the Australian military physiotherapist on active service

ABSTRACT The contribution physiotherapy has made to military efforts has transformed over recent decades. With the change in warfare techniques and strategy over the last one hundred years, came the development of new treatment techniques by Australian physiotherapists to deal with the multifarious and often complex injuries to Service personnel. Advanced physiotherapy practice and modern… Read more »

By Rolf Sellentin In   Issue Volume 19 No. 3 .

Lessons Learnt in Asylum Seeker Health, a Personal Reflection

Operation Resolute is the ADF’s contribution to domestic maritime security activities.  At any one time up to 400 ADF personnel are assigned to Operation Resolute.  The commitment includes RAN Armidale-class Patrol Boats (ACPB), AP-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Australian Army Regional Force Surveillance Units, a Transit Security Element and standby RAN fleet units.  A Medical… Read more »

By Katrina Sanders In   Issue Volume 19 No. 3 .

Creating Environmental and Occupational Health

Derek R. Smith* *1st edition, xxi+170 pp, paperback with illustrations (available as Hardcover), ISBN 978-1921364129, Sydney, Darlington Press, 2010. Journal publications and their citations have become the common currency of academia, which has led to the development of such measures as the h-index and the m-parameter.1 In the field of environmental and occupational health (EOH),… Read more »

By Peter Leggat In   Issue Volume 19 No. 3 .

Ultraviolet Radiation Exposure and Melanoma in Australian Naval Personnel

In the tropics of Australia, the Royal Australian Navy operates two permanent bases and conducts a large number of operations.  Despite an overall incidence of melanoma not significantly different to that of the general Australian population (Standardised Incident Ratio, SIR = 149, p>0.05), older members of the RAN (SIR = 236, aged >29 years) and… Read more »

By Scott Kitchener In   Issue Volume 19 No. 3 .

Developing Injury Prevention Strategies for the Australian Defence Force

Abstract Casualties caused by injuries have a major impact on the readiness of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Department of Defence has developed a system for reporting occupationally related illnesses and injuries. Data from the DEFCARE database and a wide range of other data have been analysed to determine the leading causes of injury… Read more »

By S K Prigg , D D Jones , Laurence N Kolonel , Prof Peter Warfe and Nevin Colgrave In   Issue Volume 19 No. 3 .

Load Carriage and the Female Soldier

Abstract This paper reviews the physiological, biomechanical and health impacts of load carriage on the female soldier and extends to include issues acknowledged as impacting on the female athlete and hence the female soldier. Physiological factors such as fat mass, strength,  aerobic endurance and biomechanical factors such as stride length and forward lean have the… Read more »

By Venerina Johnson , Julia Coyle , Rodney Pope and Robin M Orr In   Issue Volume 19 No. 3 .

Mental Health and the Role of Cultural and Religious Support in the Assistance of Disabled Veterans in Sri Lanka

Abstract This study examined the prevalence of PTSD and CES-D depressive symptoms, their association with previously untested  supportive resources such as Buddhist religious activities, Buddhist bodhipuja rituals and horoscope readings for 45 recently wounded veterans in Sri Lanka.  The results revealed an 85.4% prevalence rate of clinical levels of CES-D depression and a 42.2% prevalence… Read more »

By Thulitha Wickrama and Piyanjali de Zoysa In   Issue Volume 19 No. 3 .

Special Operations Task Group Regimental Aid Post Presentations, Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan: February – June 2010

Abstract Background: The Australian Defence Force (ADF) Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, is supported by a Primary Health Care Team (PHCT) which provided health care through its Regimental Aid Post (RAP). Purpose: To identify and analyse the types of injuries and illnesses for which SOTG personnel are seeking primary health care… Read more »

By Tim W Quinn and Nevin Colgrave In   Issue Volume 19 No. 3 .

President’s Message

Welcome to the latest edition of JMVH, this spring edition finds the AMMA Conference committee busily put the finishing touches to the next AMMA conference to be held at the Melbourne Crown Plaza on the 12th -14th November. The conference is special as it marks the 20th annual conference for the Association and already the… Read more »

By Greg Mahoney In   Issue Volume 19 No. 3 .