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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

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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Health Updates

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 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

Anzac Day France Contingent for Australia’s Federation Guard

21 April 2015: The Anzac Day France contingent for Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG) has taken time in the lead up to their ceremonial duties to conduct a battlefield tour at key areas of the Western Front. Travelling from Amiens, the contingent visited memorials at Pozieres, Thiepval and Fromelles. Leading the tour was Assistant to the Defence Attache – France, Wing Commander Michael Garside.

The AFG will be performing catafalque parties at a number of ceremonies for the Centenary of Anzac services in Gallipoli, France, Belgium and East Timor.

Australia’s Federation Guard provides a Tri-Service Ceremonial Capability

15 April 2015: The parade ground at Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG) in Canberra remains the epicentre of all things Anzac related as four contingents of Guardsmen prepare to travel to Europe and the South Pacific to support one of the most important ceremonial events in the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) history.

Practice and preparation are two words which have been embraced with gusto at the AFG with members of the tri service unit currently working every day to ensure Centenary of Anzac activities in Turkey, France, Belgium and Timor Leste are flawless. Australia’s Federation Guard provides a Tri-Service ceremonial capability in order to promote the standards, values, traditions and ethos of the ADF and Australia.

Indonesian Major General visits the Australian Defence College

15 April 2015: Major General Hartind Asrin, the Head of the Indonesian Defence Ministry's Education and Training Agency, visited the Australian Defence College at Weston Creek for discussions on bilateral E&T programs.

MAJGEN Aslin's visit program also included visits to the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Defence International Training Centre in Melbourne.

RSM-Ceremonial ADF presented with Anzac's Bible to take to Gallipoli

14 April 2015: Australian Army soldier Warrant Officer Class One Paul Richardson, Regimental Sergeant Major – Ceremonial, was presented with a Bible that saved the life of an Anzac digger at a moving ceremony in Canberra on 14 April 2015. The Bible belonged to Lance Corporal Elvas Jenkins of 2 Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers.

Lance Corporal Elvas Jenkins enlisted on 19 September 1914, shortly after the beginning of the First World War, and was serving at Gallipoli in 2 Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers, when the Bible saved his life by stopping a large piece of shrapnel.

Netherlands CDF visits the Australian Defence College

14 April 2015: The Netherlands Chief of Defence Force, General Tom Middendorp, visited the Australian Defence College to address the Defence and Strategic Studies Course.

The Fuel Supply Chain Journey in Defence

10 April 2015: Defence has established a new Defence Fuel Supply Chain regime to address maintenance, governance, safety and training issues on Defence Fuel Installations under the operational authority of Commander Joint Logistics, Rear Admiral Clint Thomas AM, CSC, RAN, the Head of the Defence Fuels Supply Chain.

This action has come about in response to a number of internal and external reviews into the fuel supply chain management in Defence. Significant progress has been made to improve the safety of the Defence Fuel Supply Chain and its resilience in support of capability. This change has been driven by the Secretary of Defence and the Chief of the Defence Force as part of implementing a continuous improvement culture.

International Day at the Australian Defence College

28 March 2015: Several hundred staff, course members and their families attended the International Day activities at the Australian Defence College, Weston Creek.

Representatives of more than 20 countries' defence forces attend the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies or the Australian Command and Staff College. The overseas representatives provide a broad diversity of perspectives that benefits all course members.

The annual International Day is an opportunity to celebrate the important contributions that overseas course members make at the Australian Defence College. The event included delicious cuisine from around the world and traditional dancing.

CMIW 2015 Mt Macedon - Diverse Countries: Common Interests

26 March 2015: The ACMC conducted its Civil-Military Interaction Workshop (CMIW) at the Australian Emergency Management Institute in Mount Macedon, Victoria, from 15-20 March 2015. The CMIW is ACMC’s flagship professional development program, bringing together around fifty participants to explore key issues in multinational, multiagency responses to conflicts and disasters.

ADFA Cadets & Midshipmen join Community Event

22 March 2015 : Over 250 officer cadets and midshipmen from the Australian Defence Force Academy joined the 5000 strong Canberra community in an event to pay respects to mother of three, Tara Costigan, who recently lost her life as a result of domestic violence.

ADFA were able to raise more than $9000 to be donated to the Tara Costigan Foundation, which has been created to educate Australians about domestic violence and help support victims and their families.

Australia marks the conclusion of Operation SLIPPER

21 March 2015 : Australia marked the conclusion of Operation SLIPPER with commemorative activities conducted across each State and Territory capital city and Townsville.

Australia's military contribution to the ISAF and the ICAT missions across Afghanistan and the Middle East commenced in October 2001. Australia deployed over 33,000 Australian Defence Force personnel, Australian Public Service employees and Australian Federal Police to the Middle East Area of Operations.

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.