Volume 25 No. 1

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Occupational and environmental health in the ADF

Commander Neil Westphalen Introduction ADF personnel are arguably exposed to the most diverse range of occupational and environmental hazards of any Australian workforce. Controlling these hazards is complicated not only by the number, size and complexity of ADF workplaces but also by its workforce demographics. ADF workplace hazards significantly impact the physical and mental health of current and ex-serving personnel. High rates of preventable… Read more »

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Logistics in The Falklands War

Captain Arthur M. Smith The recent Australian Defence White Paper 2016 defined the unique security challenges facing thenation. Strategic planning within the document includes recognition of the regional and global nature of the nation’s security interests, and the very different sets of challenges that are created for the defence force by state, and also non-state actors such as terrorists…. Read more »

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High G Flight: Physiological Effects and Countermeasures

P. Leggat High G flight is a significant challenge facing crew in high performance military aircraft, spacecraft, and in some other settings, such as acrobatic and tourismbased fighter jet aircraft in the civilian sector. It may also be experienced in high G simulators and commercial fighter jet tourist experiences. G is defined as “a dimensionless ratio which expresses the applied acceleration that… Read more »

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Risk of Suicide Among Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury Experiencing Homelessness

B. Palladino, A. E. Montgomery, M. Sommers, J. D. Fargo Introduction Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States; during 2013 more than 41,000 individuals died as a result of self-inflicted injury, a rate of 13 suicide deaths per 100,000 individuals1. The rate of suicide among the 22 million veterans in 2013 was almost three… Read more »

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A Commentary: Rethinking approaches to Resilience and Mental Health Training

M. Crane, D. Boga Abstract While exposure to demands are normally considered to drain resources and threaten wellbeing, some people experience growth and development from adversity that fosters adaptations in human functioning. Recent research has revealed a positive role for adversity in building the ability to adapt well to future adversity. However, how and why adversity functions to… Read more »

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Application of Clinical Governance in a Role 2E Hospital: The 2nd General Health Battalion Experience

R. Linwood, N. Duff, C. Flint, M. Reade, P. Krohn Abstract Improvements in clinical governance in Australian Army health services in recent years have reflected and drawn upon developments in the civilian sector. This paper describes how 2 GHB adapted and incorporated key civilian health system measures to drive improvements in the quality and safety of clinical… Read more »

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The Army Malaria Institute: Fifty Years of Esteemed “Vampire” Service

J. Pearn Abstract The Golden Jubilee (2016) of the Army Malaria Institute is a significant event in the history not only of the Australian Defence Force, but that of the Australian nation. The Institute’s research – entomological, pharmacological, epidemiological and clinical – has been crucial in the maintenance of optimal healthcare for every operational and humanitarian deployment of… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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Editorial

Seventy-five years on On 19 February 1942, Darwin was bombed in the largest single attack by Japan on Australia. The first of more than 100 air raids on Australia, which included further attacks on Darwin, Broome, Townsville and Port Hedland over the next two years, this attack involved 242 Japanese aircraft, in two separate raids, targetting the town, the 65… Read more »

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