Volume 20 No. 4

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Army Malaria Institute – its Evolution and Achievements – Third Decade (1st half): 1985-1990

Abstract The first half of the third decade (1985-1990) after the establishment of the Malaria Research Unit was characterised by a substantial increase in laboratory and field activities. Various new procedures were developed to discover and counter the increasing problem of parasite resistance to established antimalarial drug regimens. After early findings that the currently-used pyrimethamine/dapsone… Read more »

By Karl H Rieckmann , Anthony W Sweeney , Michael D Edstein , Robert D Cooper and Stephen P Frances In   Issue Volume 20 No. 4 .

A Protocol for the Longitudinal Study of Psychological Resilience in the Australian Defence Force

Introduction In the last two decades there has been increasing attention directed at the analysis of psychological resilience. The number of modern-day veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan has sparked great interest in identifying mechanisms that can either erode or facilitate psychological resilience. In November 2009, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in collaboration with the… Read more »

By Monique F. Crane , Virginia Lewis , Andrew Cohn , Stephanie E Hodson , Ruth Parslow , Richard A Bryant , Cate Chesney and David Forbes In   Issue Volume 20 No. 4 .

The Effect of Core and Lower Limb Exercises on Trunk Strength and Lower Limb Stability on Australian Soldiers

ABSTRACT Study Design:  A before and after design in the collection of data and using analyses of variance to examine the changes in each test score. Objectives: The objectives and hypotheses of this study are: (1) Do  specific core exercises, incorporating the lower limbs improve  lower limb stability and trunk core muscle strength?; (2) Can… Read more »

By Rolf Sellentin and Rhondda Jones In   Issue Volume 20 No. 4 .

From the Vietnam War to Retirement: Are Veterans Healthy Enough to Enjoy their “Golden Years

Our aim in this paper is to demonstrate the impact of Vietnam era active duty service on the later-life health of American veterans. Using the statistical technique of instrumental variables, we show that estimates of this impact from a simple evaluation do not accurately capture the causal impact. Simple estimates are biased down by the… Read more »

By David N. Van der Goes and Stephen E. Snyder In   Issue Volume 20 No. 4 .

Military ‘live tissue trauma training’ using animals in the US – its purpose, importance and commentary on military medical research and the debate on use of animals in military training

Introduction There has been a significant change in the types of injuries sustained on the modern battlefield due to the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) which are designed to cause severe penetrating injuries to limbs and torso, often resulting in massive haemorrhage in  injured soldiers. Massive haemorrhage is the most common preventable cause of… Read more »

By Gary Martinic In   Issue Volume 20 No. 4 .

President’s Message

Welcome to the latest edition of JMVH , in October the association conducted its annual conference in Brisbane with over 340 delegates and 34 trade exhibitors.   It was magnificent occasion and a great opportunity to catch up with old and new friends and hear the latest advances in military medicine. There were some very impressive… Read more »

By Greg Mahoney In   Issue Volume 20 No. 4 .

Inside this Edition

On the 21 July 1919, the RMO of 30th Battalion AIF, Captain Gordon Robertson demobilised after returning to Australia on the Leicestershire on 21 June 1919. Post demobilisation, he took up a station near Tumblong, New South Wales, where he built his new home. He set up a medical practice in nearby Gundagai, becoming a… Read more »

By Andrew Robertson In   Issue Volume 20 No. 4 .