D-Day and Binh Ba – 6 June Just over 75 years ago, 7,000 vessels carried 190,000 sailors and 130,000 soldiers across the English Channel to five designated beaches – Utah and Omaha on the American side, Gold and Sword for the British, and Juno for the Canadians. Some 7,000 aircraft took part, including transport planes,… Read more »

By Andrew Robertson In   Issue Volume 27 Number 3 .


Repatriation In early 1917, even before victory was assured, Prime Minister ‘Billy’ Hughes promised the country’s armed forces that ‘When you come back we will look after you’. Repatriation or ‘Repat’ was born. The theme of this issue is ‘repatriation’ – a very Australian concept that is as relevant today as it was in 1917…. Read more »

By Andrew Robertson In   Issue Volume 27 Number 2 .


Wither Nuclear? In this issue, Heslop and Westphalen review medical chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defence in the Australian Defence Force.1 The ongoing interest of militaries and non-state actors in these weapons, while waxing and waning over the last 100 years, continues, and requires appropriate military health preparations. While chemical, biological and, to a… Read more »

By Andrew Robertson In   Issue Volume 27 Number 1 .


Editorial Armistice of 11 November 1918 One hundred years ago, on the 11 November 1918, an Armistice was signed between the Allies of World War I and the German Empire at Compiegne, France, to cease hostilities with effect from 11 AM — the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”. The Great… Read more »

In   Issue Volume 26 Number 4 .


On 19 June 2018, the Australian Senate referred “The use of the Quinoline anti-malarial drugs Mefloquine and Tafenoquine in the Australian Defence Force” to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 17 September 2018. Submissions closed on 31 July 2018. This is a controversial issue, which has had some… Read more »

In   Issue Volume 26 Number 3 .


Battle of the Atlantic On 24 May 1943, Grand Admiral Karl Donitz withdrew his U-boats from the north Atlantic, signalling the end of the Battle of the Atlantic. During that month, 41 U-boats were lost to escort ships and patrolling aircraft. While they continued to operate until the end of the war, the U-boats were… Read more »

By Andrew Robertson In   Issue Volume 26 No.2 .


This issue is primarily focused on the abstracts for the coming Australasian Military Medicine Conference to be held in Brisbane in October 2017. The abstracts reflect a very diverse and comprehensive overview of military health. As befitting the theme of the conference, there will be a significant number of presentations on all aspects of disaster… Read more »

In   Issue Volume 25 No. 4 .


Medicinal cannabis In February 2016, the Commonwealth Government amended the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 to allow cultivation of cannabis and manufacture of cannabis-based products (CBP) for research and medical purposes. This was followed by the establishment of a license and permit scheme under the Act, run by the Commonwealth’s Office of Drug Control, which opened… Read more »

In   Issue Volume 25 No. 3 .


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 »

In   Issue Volume 25 No. 1 .

The Battle of the Sunda Strait

On 28th February 1942, HMAS PERTH, a light cruiser, and USS HOUSTON, a heavy cruiser, having survived the Battle of the Java Sea the previous day, stopped briefly in Tanjung Priok, Jakarta’s port, to take on limited supplies of fuel and ammunition, before being ordered to withdraw to the south of Java via the Sunda… Read more »

By Andrew Robertson In   Issue Volume 24 No. 4 .