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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, DOC) , 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 email@example.com.
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.
The Report provides information on the volume, cost and quality of health services that our servicemen and women have received through MHS in the first year of the Contract.
The ADF Health Services Contract commenced on 1 July 2012 for an initial term of four years, with service delivery commencing from 1 October 2012. The Contract delivers health services across five service streams nationally.
The Garrison Health Services Annual Report 2013 is available via this link (PDF, 2.5mb).
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.
According to Commander Joint Health Command, Rear Admiral Robyn Walker, this is an important area of work for Defence and the award recognises the ongoing commitment to promote and develop suicide prevention practices aligned with the Australian suicide prevention sector.
“Suicide prevention has been an important focal point in the ADF since 2002 and Defence has developed a program that incorporates policy guidance for individuals, commanders and health providers as well as specific suicide awareness and skills training,” she said.
The Defence Suicide Prevention Program is comprised of four levels of Suicide Prevention Training for Defence members and Mental Health Providers:
Level 1: Mandatory ADF Suicide Awareness Training
This annual training is mandatory for all ADF members and is delivered regionally by Mental Health Professionals and appropriately trained Mental Health Providers. The training helps individuals gain a better understanding of the warning signs and symptoms of suicide and guides individuals on where they can seek assistance.
Level 2: Keep Your Mates Safe – Suicide Prevention Training (KYMS-SPT)
This two hour training session targets peers, junior leaders and managers, with the goal of enabling them to identify persons at risk of suicide and direct them to first aid and health resources.
Level 3: Suicide First Aid – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
The third level of training encompasses suicide first aid in the form of ASIST. The training package was developed by Living Works and is an internationally regarded program. Delivery of ASIST in the ADF is primarily targeted at junior leaders, managers and Mental Health Providers but is also open to all other interested personnel. To date, 2663 Defence personnel have participated in this training.
Level 4: Clinical Upskilling – Suicide Risk Assessment Training (SRAT)
This training is designed for Defence Mental Health Professionals and Specialists which includes medical officers, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and nurses, including mental health nurses. This training provides advanced skills for Mental Health Professionals and Specialists working with ADF members who present as a suicide risk. SRAT also aims to standardise suicide risk assessment in the ADF and optimise patient management. To date, 131 Defence personnel have participated in this training.
Defence members requiring further information or support can access their on-base health facility or phone 1800 IM SICK (1800 467 425), a national 24 hour call service providing world class nurse triage and health support for all Defence entitled personnel within Australia.
Defence also offers the All-hour Support Line on 1800 628 036. This is a confidential telephone counselling support service for Defence members and their families and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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.
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...
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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".
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