Welcome to the latest edition of the Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health. This edition has a wide variety of topics from the prostate to suicide, and they not only relate to medical officers but nurse practitioners and those in preventive health. I would also like to take this opportunity to thanks members and the wider international health community for their contributions to the Journal and would ask that continuing contributing and encourage others especially our junior members.
Plans are well advanced for “innovations from the battlefield” conference at the Adelaide Exhibition and Convention Centre, 1st – 3rd Nov. The number of registered delegates is strong given the financial constraints that we all are finding. In my mind, this confirms the importance of the conference to health professionals in the area of military and veterans’ health. For those of you that haven’t booked your place there is still time.
We are delighted to have MAJGEN John Cantwell AO DSC, COL Timothy Hodgetts CBE OSTJ (UK) as our keynote speakers this years. The broad range of topics and quality of speakers are sure to inform and entertain delegates. Furthermore, Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial; former president of the AMA and, Federal Minister, will deliver the RADM Graeme Shirtley Oration. This year, the organising committee is, once again, value adding to the experience by holding pre-conference workshops on Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine and Aviation Medicine which we hope will be of interest to members and delegates.
The conference will start with a Welcome to Adelaide reception on the Thursday night and the conference will be opened by the South Australian Governor His Excellency RADM Kevin Scarce AC, CSC, RANR. Adelaide has really put out the welcome mat for our delegates, so I hope to see as many as possible at the Adelaide Convention Centre.