Volume 23 No. 2

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Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine* Peter Cameron, George Jelinek, Anne-Marie Kelly, Anthony F.T. Brown and Mark Little

*4th edn, 1104 pp, paperback with illustrations, ISBN: 978-0-7020-5335-1. Sydney, Churchill Livingstone (an imprint of Elsevier), RRP: $114.74, 2014. The International Federation for Emergency Medicine definition of emergency medicine is provided in the Introduction of the Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine, which defines the areas as: “a field of practice based on the knowledge and… Read more »

By Peter Leggat In   Issue Volume 23 No. 2 .

Pioneers of Medicine without a Nobel Prize* Gilbert Thompson (Editor)

*Thompson G (Ed). Pioneers of Medicine without a Nobel Prize. London: Imperial College Press, 2014. ISBN 978-1-78326-383-7. Hardback. 296 pp USD128 (also available as softcover and eBook) The Nobel Prize was established in 1901 using a bequest from Alfred Nobel and is probably the most highly regarded international award. Nobel prizes are currently awarded annually… Read more »

By Peter Leggat In   Issue Volume 23 No. 2 .

Battlefield Radiology: 2014 Update

ABSTRACT A “Military Medical Revolution – the Military Trauma System” (1) has   revealed the developments during the  Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) wars over the last decade  showing survival rates of up to 98% of trauma patients brought to hospital alive. This significant improvement is due to the “combat care revolution”(2, 3) involving major… Read more »

By Peter Duffy In   Issue Volume 23 No. 2 .

Use of the Functional Movement Screen in a Tactical Population: A Review

ABSTRACT: Background: The Functional Movement Screen is a tool used in athletic populations for predicting injury potential by assessing movement dysfunction. This tool may be of use in tactical populations (police officers, firefighters and military personnel) who perform daily duties of a physical nature, often carrying loads that negatively affect their movement patterns and cause… Read more »

By Clare Bock and Robin M. Orr In   Issue Volume 23 No. 2 .

Excerpt from HMAS Sydney I medical officer’s log during action with SMS Emden 09 November 1914 – Action with S.M.S. Emden off Cocos Island – 9th November 1914

10 November 1914 (Excerpt 2) Early next morning we arrived off Cocos Island, near the cable station, and having ascertained the damage done we took off the Eastern Extension Telegraph Co’s Surgeon, Dr. H.S. Ollerhead, to help us with the German wounded. We then steamed back to North Keeling Island to the Emden. We now… Read more »

By Surgeon Captain Leonard Darby In   Issue Volume 23 No. 2 .

Changes to the landscape of GP training, but some aspects stay the same. Should we expect further delays to medical officer training progression?

Abstract: ADF medical officers must complete military, military health and civilian GP training to progress to the independently deployable status of Medical Level 3. (ML3). Changes to administration of the Australian General Practice Training program (AGPT) is making recruitment more challenging for medical officers. Budget changes have removed the prevocational GP placement program that supported… Read more »

By Scott Kitchener In   Issue Volume 23 No. 2 .

Traumatic brain injury – A time to reappraise – a wake-up call

Abstract: Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is becoming topical with potential association with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dementia and questions are being raised for the Defence Forces. Traumatic brain injury results from head trauma causing altered consciousness or post-trauma amnesia and may be categorised as mild, moderate or severe. It has been recognised since… Read more »

By Roy Beran In   Issue Volume 23 No. 2 .

The impact of a lengthened Australian Army recruit training course on recruit injuries

Abstract Background: An Army recruit is required to complete a variety of strenuous physical activities during their training. These activities have the potential to cause a range of injuries. Purpose: The aim of this study was to determine if the length of a recruit-training program influenced injury rates. Materials and Methods: Data were obtained from… Read more »

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Underestimating the burden for peacekeepers? Difficulty in determining psychological well-being following operational deployment with low response rates from NZDF personnel

Abstract Background: Since 2010, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) have used post-deployment psychological screens with personnel returning from operational deployments to predict and support psychological ill-health in returning peacekeepers. Aim: The objective of this article is to discuss the critical implications of low return rates in follow-up psychological health data in returning peacekeepers. Due… Read more »

By Karen Brounéus , Mariane Wray and Peter Green In   Issue Volume 23 No. 2 .

Letter to the Editor – Westphalen

07 March 2015 Dear Editor, The article by Kristina Griffin regarding the evolution and role changes of Australian military medics1 requires some amplification and clarification regarding its scope and conclusions: The content and referencing of the article is clearly limited to those ADF medics who provide health support for operations It is respectfully suggested that… Read more »

By Neil Westphalen In   Issue Volume 23 No. 2 .