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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 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 RAAvcdfF 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

World Suicide Prevention Day – 10 September 2019

Suicide prevention remains a global challenge and this is why World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is observed globally on 10 September every year.

Working Together to Prevent Suicide is the theme of the 2019 World Suicide Prevention Day, and the most essential ingredient for effective global suicide prevention is Collaboration.

The One Defence approach to Suicide Prevention is collaborative, comprehensive and multi-faceted.

The Defence Suicide Prevention Program is informed by current research and data and is translated into evidence-based strategies and activities including awareness and education, skill development, risk identification and comprehensive mental health services and support.

On 10 September 2019, we invite our Defence community to join the broader communities across the globe and play our part in the prevention of suicide.

Please use this signature tile and attach it to the bottom of your Outlook E-mail address from Monday 9 Sep 19 to COB Wednesday 11 Sep 19. World Suicide Prevention Day is Tuesday 10 Sep 19.

ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills Program

Applications are open for the ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) Program, which will be held in Canberra from 03-29 Nov 19.

This innovative and supportive arts-based program assists permanent ADF and Reservist personnel facing health and well-being challenges, or seeking to 're-set' themselves by rebuilding their confidence and resilience.

This four-week residential program comprises three artistic streams: creative writing, music and rhythm, and visual arts. Travel and subsistence are funded by ARRTS. Applications close on 07 Oct 19.

For an Application Form and FAQ document visit www.defence.gov.au/jcg/arrts or email ADF.ARRTS@defence.gov.au.

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.