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About Joint Health Command

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Joint Health Command (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 Sarah Sharkey

About the Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force and Commander Joint Health

RADM Sarah Sharkey has served as a Medical Officer in the Royal Australian Navy for more than 25 years. Sarah began her service under sponsorship while an undergraduate medical student at the University of Queensland; and has enjoyed a range of postings both at sea and ashore with her clinical background being mainly in submarine and diving medicine. In her more recent career, Sarah has served at the Director General level in Joint Health Command, as the Head of the Navy Health Community and as the Deputy Commander Joint Health. On 4 December 2019, Sarah assumed command to become the Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force and the Commander Joint Health.


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Health Updates

Joint Health Command Annual Review 2018-2019

This report provides an overview of health services and support provided by Joint Health Command for the period 01 July to 30 June 2019.

View the JHC Annual Review page for more information.

Defence Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy

On 10 October 2017, Acting Chief of the Defence Force Vice Admiral Ray Griggs and the Secretary of Defence Mr Greg Moriarty, launched the Defence Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2018-2023.

This Strategy consolidates and builds on our experience and recognises out commitment to a whole or organisation approach to improving the mental health and wellbeing of all Defence personnel through their service in the ADF or as APS employees.

It acknowledges the similarities and unique elements of the ADF and APS workforce and recognises the need to distinguish the specific services and initiatives tailored to each. The strategic objectives apply to everyone in Defence but also reflect the specific and additional challenges posed by military service.

For a web accessibility copy of the document please contact mental.health@defence.gov.au  

The RESTORE Trial

Serving members that may have developed PTSD during or after their military service may be able to participate in a new clinical treatment trial known as the RESTORE Trial - Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery.

The RESTORE Trial is investigating one of the most effective treatments for PTSD - known as Prolonged Exposure (PE). Prolonged Exposure therapy is a gold standard evidence-based treatment best described as a type of trauma - focused cognitive behavioural therapy.

The trial is being held in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

For more information visit the RESTORE page.

Cadets now have access to the Employee Assistance Program

ADF Cadets now 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

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.

ADF Digital Health Framework 2019-2029

The ADF Digital Health Framework 2019 to 2029 sets the building blocks for system-wide digital solutions, services and digital innovation in our health services.

The Framework supports ADF capability by providing digitally-enabled health services that are safe, secure, sustainable, evolutionary, and compliant with best practice standards. It provides the basis for a digitally enabled, personalised and fully integrated health system.

Visit the ADF Digital Health Framework page for more information.