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About Joint Health Command

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

AVM Tracy Smart joined the Air Force in 1985 and completed her medical training at the Flinders University of South Australia in 1987. After completing Intern and Resident Medical Officer training at Adelaide hospitals, she commenced full time duty in the RAAF in January 1989, serving as a Medical Officer at RAAF bases Amberley (1989) and Pearce (1990), and Senior Medical Officer (SMO) at RAAF Pearce in 1991.

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Health Updates

Cadets now have access to the Employee Assistance Program

Cadets now have access to the Employee Assistance Program

ADF Cadetsnow have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).EAP provides free, confidential and professional counselling to help people resolve problems that may impact their life. For more information see For Cadets

JHC Annual Review 2013-14

The annual performance review for health services provided to ADF personnel highlighting the progress made in delivering high quality healthcare during the reporting period.

The JHC Annual Review 2013-14 is available via this link

The Australian Gulf War Veterans’ Follow Up Health Study 2015

The findings of the Australian Gulf War Veterans’ Follow Up Health Study 2015 have been released and can be found on the DVA Website. The study is a follow up to the original Australian Gulf War Veterans’ Health Study 2003, also commissioned by DVA, to assess Gulf War veterans’ health and wellbeing 20 years after deployment.

Resilience App for ADF Members

A new smart phone app developed by the Departments of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and Defence has been released to help current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) manage immediate responses to stress and help build resilience.

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 (JHC) Privacy Statement explains how the personal health information of Defence members is collected, managed and used by Defence. See the following PDF or Word documents:

For further information visit the Defence information privacy site or 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.

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 comprised 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.