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ADF Family Health News:
The ADF Family Health Trial has been extended until 31 December 2013.
The Commonwealth Government has confirmed that the National ADf Family Health Program will commence on 01 January 2014. More information about the National Program will be released soon.
Visit the ADF Family Health page for more detail.
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 Trial 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’.
Nurse uncovers hidden illness
ARMY nurse Capt Kerry McKinnell uncovered a life-threatening illness in an Indonesian woman who put her son’s health ahead of her own when seeking medical treatment on the US Hospital Ship USNS Mercy. Read more...
Reflux: the burning facts
HEARTBURN is a symptom many people experience but what a lot of people may not know is lifestyle change can often have quite an impact on the condition. Read more...
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.
"The Chair of Military Medicine and Surgery generates new knowledge in trauma management and also helps translate this research into ADF practice" said LTCOL Reade. "Our research projects are expected to deliver real improvements in the care provided to ADF casualties over the next five to ten years."
"Platelets are blood cells required to stop bleeding, and platelet transfusions can be lifesaving," LTCOL Reade said. "The 5-day shelf-life of conventional platelets means they are often only available in major urban hospitals. Ground breaking work by the US Navy and the Netherlands blood bank means that we can now freeze platelets."
There is still some work to be done before this product can be used in Australian deployed military or civilian hospitals. "We need to obtain more clinical trial evidence to be sure of safety and gain regulatory approval for widespread use of the frozen platelets" LTCOL Reade said. "If successful, this work will be pivotal in the worldwide introduction of this lifesaving technology."
Current Grants awarded (total $12.43 million)
- 2012 Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation. An interdisciplinary model to enhance care of surgical elders. Mudge A, Parsonson F, Donovan P, Reade MC, Walker P, McCrae P.
- 2012 NH&MRC Centre of Research Excellence Grant. Centre of Research Excellence for Patient Blood Management in Critical Illness and Trauma. Cooper DJ, Phillips L, Bellomo R, Cameron P, Reade MC, Isbister J, French C, Myles P, Webb S, McNeil J.
- 2012 Australian Red Cross Blood Service Research Development Grant. A pilot randomised, controlled, double-blind clinical trial of cryopreserved platelets vs. conventional liquid-stored platelets for the management of post-surgical bleeding. Reade MC, Holley A, Irving D, Marks D, Johnson L, Fraser J, Bellomo R, Gattas D.
- 2012 Prince Charles Hospital Foundation. Towards optimisation of tissue oxygenation in the critically ill: the effect of fresh and aged blood in infection and trauma. Fraser J, Chew M, Reade M, Shekar K, Molenaar P, Fung L, Tung JP, Dunster K, Moore J.
- 2012 Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation. Does age of the transfused blood matter in acutely ill patients with trauma an infection? Staib A, Ashton K, Fraser JF, Fung YL, Shekar K, Chew M, Reade M, Tung JP, McDonald C.
- 2012 ANZCA Academic Enhancement Grant. A pilot randomised, controlled, double-blind clinical trial of cryopreserved platelets. Reade MC, Holley A, Irving D, Marks D, Johnson L, Fraser J, Bellomo R, Gattas D.
- 2012 NH&MRC Project Grant 1043938. The Australasian Sedation Practice in Intensive Care Evaluation (SPICE) Randomised Controlled Trial. Shehabi Y, Bellomo R, Reade M, Seppelt I, McArthur C, Bailey M, Howe B.
- 2012 NH&MRC Project Grant 1044894. Prehospital Antifibrinolytics for Traumatic Coagulopathy associated with Haemorrhage (PATCH Study). Gruen R, Mitra B, Bernard S, Jacobs I, Medcalf R, Reade MC, Tran H.
- 2012 Defence Health Foundation Blood circulation in the brain after head injury. Bellapart-Rubio J, Fraser J, Boots R, Reade MC, Paratz J.
- 2011 UQ/UWA Bilateral Research Collaboration Award. A pilot observational study of the utility of point-of-care quantification of circulating human DNA as a predictor of mortality in severe sepsis. Reade M, Celenza A, Inglis T, Lipman J, Brown S.
- 2011 NH&MRC Project Grant 1020694. TRANSFUSE: A multicentre randomised trial of fresh versus standard issue red blood cells in critically ill patients. Post-grant award member of management committee.
- 2010 NH&MRC Project Grant 632614. Nephro-protective effects of L-amino acids in critically ill patients: a multi-centre randomised controlled trial. ACTRN12609001015235. Doig G, Reade M, Simpson F, Davies A.
- 2010 NH&MRC Progect Grant 632615. Management of refeeding syndrome in critical illness: an AuSPEN endorsed multicentre clinical trial. ACTRN12609001043224. Post-grant award member of management committee.
- 2010 Industry sponsorship (Hospira). A randomised placebo-controlled trial of dexmedetomidine for agitation and delirium in the intensive care unit (Dexmedetomidine to Lessen ICU Agitation: DahLIA). NCT01151865. Reade MC, Eastwood G, Bellomo R, Ghosh A, Mulder J, Chatterjee I, Delaney A, Davies A, Bersten A, Simpson N, Harley N, van Haren F, Knight D, Young P, McGuiness S, Gillham M.
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.
LCDR Loizou is a Medical Officer in the Royal Australian Navy and is posted as the Officer-in-Charge of HMAS KUTTABUL Health Centre (KUTTHC) at Garden Island, Woolloomolloo. During his training to become a Fellow of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) he was called upon to provide primary healthcare at sea and deployed on active service in the Middle-East Area of Operations.
Richard was the first Navy RACGP Deployed Military Medicine Extended Skills term trainee and played an instrumental role in paving the way for future posts to be accredited for other ADF GP registrars.
Despite his hectic schedule Richard has been an inspiring advocate for the general practice profession. A medical student mentored by Richard said, "I feel privileged that I will be entering a workforce made up of individuals just like him. He left an indelible mark on my future, and I aspire to become the kind of doctor that he is".
As part of the Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group (VCDF), Joint Health Command (JHC) provides health care and, from the health perspective, ensures the preparedness of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel for operations, as well as preparing deployable elements of JHC for deployment in support of operations.
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