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Garrison Health Operations - Reduced Activity Period

Health Services have reduced activities during the Stand-down period, for more inforamtion see this Reduced Activity Period 2014/2015 information sheet.


If outside the geographic location or after hours ring the National 24 hour Health Hotline 1800 IMSICK (1800 467 425)

Health Information Privacy in Defence

On 12 March 2014 changes to the Privacy Act 1988 took effect. These changes replace the Information Privacy Principles (IPP) with 13 Australian Privacy Principles (APP), which govern the way agencies collect, store, use and disclose personal information. As an agency, Defence must comply with the APP. Health information is considered to be sensitive personal information, and has additional protections under the Privacy Act.

The Joint Health Command Privacy Notice (PDF) , which explains how the personal health information of Defence members is collected, managed and used by Defence. For further information email the Defence privacy officer on

Australian Defence Force Health Services Contract Annual Report

The first Australian Defence Force (ADF) Health Services Contract Annual Report prepared by Medibank Health Solutions (MHS) was released by Defence and MHS on 18 December 2013.

The Garrison Health Services Annual Report 2013 provides a summary of the services delivered under the ADF Health Services Contract, including the total costs of more than $170 million expended in the provision of healthcare services to ADF members.

Defence Suicide Awareness Program Recognised

The Department of Defence was recognised for raising community awareness of suicide prevention with the LiFE (Living is For Everyone) Public Sector Award at a prestigious national awards event last night on 24 July 2013.

The LiFE Awards are held by Suicide Prevention Australia, celebrating innovation and commitment to the reduction of suicide.

The issue of suicidal behaviour and death by suicide is a major concern to the Department of Defence and the Australian community.

Minister for Defence Science and Personnel announces a $1.3 billion health Service Contract

Thursday 28, 2012 - The Minster for Defence Science and Personnel, The Hon. Warren Snowden MP today announced the signing of a $1.3 billion health services contract - Media Release.

ADF Family Health News

Commencing on 2nd July, participating ADF families will be able to lodge manual claims via the new Online Claiming functionality. For more details visit ‘How to Claim’.

RADM Walker has launched the Strategic Intent for Joint Health Command for 2013-15 (PDF). The Strategic Intent informs JHC planning, performance and governance over the next two years.

Military Medicine Chair Celebrates First Year

The Professor of ADF Military Medicine and Surgery is leading a major clinical trial on frozen platelet technology, in collaboration with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and supported by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

Twelve months since LTCOL Michael Reade was appointed as Professor of ADF Military Medicine and Surgery, the platelet trial is a key research program.

GP Synergy 2012 Achievement Award

LCDR Richard Loizou was awarded the GP Synergy 2012 Dr Jeremy Bunker Outstanding Achievement Award in an event on 26 November 2012. The Outstanding Achievement is in honour of GP Synergy's late Director of Training, Dr Jeremy Bunker, who passed away from cancer in 2011. The award celebrates the contribution Dr Bunker made to general practice and recognises those who have made similiar contributions.

Group News Headlines

ADFA class of 2014 celebrate milestone achievement

11 December 2014 : Following three years of military and academic studies, 220 officer cadets and midshipmen graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). They are now ready to become junior leaders in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Opening of Joint Logistics Unit (North) at Robertson Barracks, Holtze, NT

11 December 2014 : A modern, purpose built wholesale storage facility, Joint Logistics Unit – North was officially opened at Robertson Barracks in Holtze, Northern Territory. Minister for Defence’s representative, Senator Linda Reynolds said the logistics unit was one of seven being constructed under the Defence Logistics Transformation Program.

Australian Command and Staff Course (Joint) Graduation

08 December 2014 : The ACSC(J) class of 2014, along with families and friends, gathered at the Llewellyn Hall at the Australian National University (ANU) for their graduation ceremony. The ceremony ends a demanding year of full-time study at the Australian Defence College in Weston Creek, ACT, which culminates in the award of the Passed Staff Course (Joint) qualification and a Master of Military and Defence Studies from the ANU for the majority of the 168 graduates.

Defence and Strategic Studies Course Graduation

02 December 2014 : The 2014 Defence and Strategic Studies Course (DSSC) graduation was held. The DSSC is an 11 month course postgraduate level professional development program that provides students with the skills and knowledge to operate at the highest levels of leaderships, command, policy formulation and management. In recognition of her outstanding achievements on the DSSC, Commodore Michele Miller was awarded the CDF/SEC Award.

New partnership to explore virtual simulation opportunities

28 November 2014 : Defence has entered a partnership with the University of Newcastle (UoN) to explore how virtual simulation can be used to further enhance education and training. The Australian Defence College (ADC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Newcastle at the Directorate of Simulation at RAAF Base Williamtown. Through the MOU, UoN honours and postgraduate students will undertake virtual simulation research and development projects that are directly relevant to the ADC.

Vice Chief launches Parliamentarians Against Family Violence

20 October 2014 : White Ribbon Ambassador Vice Admiral Ray Griggs launched Parliamentarians Against Family Violence at Parliament House. He discusses his role as Ambassador, why he encouraged the Navy to become a White Ribbon accredited workplace, and more broadly what Defence is doing to raise awareness of violence against women.

Defence personnel go bridge to bridge in support of White Ribbon Day 2014

17 October 2014: Around 700 Defence personnel walked and ran around Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin to demonstrate their commitment to White Ribbon Day. Vice Chief of the Defence Force and White Ribbon Ambassador, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs launched the event, one of a number of activities being undertaken by Defence in the lead up to White Ribbon Day 2014 on Tuesday, 25 November 2014.

Australian Defence Force Mental Health Day

10 October 2014: Held each year, World Mental Health Day is a day dedicated to mental health education, awareness and advocacy. It is also the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Mental Health Day, a day to recognise the ADF’s commitment to taking care of its key capability – its people.

This year the Vice Chief of the Defence Force Vice Admiral Griggs spoke to Defence personnel at Australia's Defence Force Headquarters.

Admiral addresses mental health at Grace Groom Oration

9 October 2014: On the eve of World Mental Health Day 2014, Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs gave the keynote address at Mental Health Australia's annual Grace Groom Memorial Lecture.

Held at the National Press Club, VCDF outlined many of the issues facing a modern defence force that is looking to respond to the issue of mental health and wellbeing amongst service men and women.

South Australian employers of Reserves recognised

11 September 2014: Five employers were recognised for their support of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reserves at the Employer Support Awards held at Adelaide Oval last night.

The event, organised by the South Australian Defence Reserves Support Council, recognised employers who have been particularly supportive of their Reservist employees.

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About Defence Health

As part of the Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group (VCDF) , JHC provides health care to ADF members and ensures the health preparedness of ADF personnel for operations, and, deployable elements of JHC for deployment in support of operations. To effect this, JHC develops strategic health policy, provides strategic level health advice and exercises technical and financial control of ADF health units.

Commander Joint Health Command Rear Admiral Robyn Walker

About Commander Joint Health

Robyn Walker qualified as a medical practitioner in 1982 and worked in the public health system in Queensland, Australia until 1990. Rear Admiral Walker joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as a direct entry medical graduate in 1991 with the intent to continue her career in diving medicine.

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Our Organisation

Garrison Health Operations

The Branch is primarily responsible for the delivery and management of quality, safe, efficient and effective health care to ADF personnel within Australia and on non-operational postings overseas.

Mental Health, Psychology and Rehabilitation

The Branch is compromised of four Directorates which also serve as the Technical Authorities for occupational psychology, operational mental health support, non-operational mental health services and rehabilitation services.