Volume 27 Number 2

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The Camino de Santiago An Ancient Way – A Way Back for Veterans?

Keywords: camino de santiago, mental health, pilgrimage, veterans’ health Preface This article is based on the Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Award winning presentation delivered at the annual conference of the Australasian Military Medical Association, Brisbane October 2017. Introduction Transitioning from service in the military back to civilian life can be an extremely challenging period for… Read more »

By Sanjiva S Wijesinha In   Issue Volume 27 Number 2 .

An Overview of the Key Elements Required for Haemostasis Following Military Trauma from the Point of Injury to Definitive care

Abstract Haemorrhage control for traumatised soldiers takes place at many levels, from the point of injury through resuscitation and reception into surgical facilities, and postoperatively to intensive care units where normalisation of physiology and ultimate recovery following definitive surgery may be achieved. Differences in priorities and availability of interventions at each level of care provide… Read more »

By LTCOL Charles H.C. Pilgrim In   Issue Volume 27 Number 2 .

A History of Australian Navy Health Officer Uniforms and Ranks (Part One)

Purpose More than a century after its establishment, many Royal Australian Navy (RAN) uniforms and ranks still reflect those used by the (British) Royal Navy (RN). Previous articles have described the history of Navy sailor uniforms or ‘rigs’ since 1509,1 the development of male and female health sailor uniforms since 1879,2 and the evolution of… Read more »

By N. Westphalen In   Issue Volume 27 Number 2 .

Evaluation of the Online, Peer Delivered ‘Post War: Survive to Thrive Program’ for Veterans with Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Abstract Background: Veterans frequently report barriers to accessing and adhering to first-line treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Online delivery of an evidence-based intervention by a peer-developed program may aid in overcoming these barriers. Purpose: This study evaluated the ‘Post War: Survive to Thrive Program’, an online, peer developed and delivered program, designed to assist… Read more »

By Madeline Romaniuk , Justine Evans and Chloe Kidd In   Issue Volume 27 Number 2 .

Factors Associated with Uptake of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Benefits Among U.S. Vietnam War Veterans Who Were VA System Users in 2013

Introduction The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spent US$64.7 billion in FY2016 on disability compensation for US Veterans of all eras with service-connected conditions – 37.5% (US$24.4 billion) was spent just on Vietnam-era Veterans (VNE: January 9, 1962-May 7, 1975).1 VNE Veterans are the second largest cohort of US living Veterans (6.2 million), of… Read more »

By D Fried , M Rajan , C Tseng and D Helmer In   Issue Volume 27 Number 2 .

Effects of Agility Training on Body Control, Change of Direction Speed and Injury Attrition Rates in Dutch Recruits: A Pilot Study

Abstract Background: Injury prevention contributes to the improvement of basic military training graduation rates. Purpose: To obtain an estimated effect of agility training (AT) on body control, change of direction speed (CODS), and attrition due to injuries in Dutch recruits. Methods: Cluster randomised pilot study including 64 recruits undergoing 23 weeks initial military training with… Read more »

By Iris Dijksma , Sander Perry , Wessel Zimmermann , Cees Lucas and Martijn Stuiver In   Issue Volume 27 Number 2 .

Disability Reporting Among U.S. Immigrant Veterans: Findings and Implications

Abstract Background: This preliminary study offers the first health-related assessment of United States (US) immigrant veterans, who comprise a population of more than 500 000. It builds upon research showing that a number of variables relate to veterans’ health experiences, including race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Purpose: To assess levels of disability reporting among foreign-born… Read more »

By Jessica L. Adler and Timothy F. Page In   Issue Volume 27 Number 2 .

Military Medical Personnel’s Perceptions of Treating Battle Injuries

Abstract Purpose: To evaluate military personnel’s self-rated perceptions of their knowledge, experience and training after high-fidelity battle injury simulation. Design: 26 military medical personnel participated in this quantitative study. Data was collected using a questionnaire after a six-day exercise where participants self-rated 10 statements regarding having sufficient medical, practical and ethical knowledge, experience and training…. Read more »

By Anna Abelsson and Lars Lundberg In   Issue Volume 27 Number 2 .

Paramedics in the ADF – A Time For Change?

Commander Neil Westphalen, Royal Australian Navy 23 November 2018 Dear Sir, The July 2018 JMVH article regarding paramedics in the Australian Defence Force (ADF)1 requires further elaboration regarding its scope and conclusions. The article describes how the expanding professional profile of paramedics in the civilian health system is not being reflected in current career options… Read more »

By N. Westphalen In   Issue Volume 27 Number 2 .


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 .