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October 29, 2009
Military justice review
IF YOU are a serving or discharged
ADF member and were convict-
ed and received a punishment or
order for a service offence from the
Australian Military Court or a sum-
mary authority, you have the right
to lodge a petition to seek a review
of your punishment or order.
Requests for review must be made
by November 23, 2009. Extensions
may be approved in certain circum-
Further information is available at www.
defence.gov.au/mjs or by contacting the
ADF Legal Officer in your unit or base,
Defence Counsel Services on (02) 6127
4099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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GETTING Christmas mail to and from
loved ones on deployment is a priority
for Defence and Australia Post.
To provide this critical link during
periods of heavy domestic Christmas
traffic all mail addressed to AFPOs
should reach the Australia Post Defence
Mail Facility in Sydney no later than
All mail addressed to AFPOs 2, 5,
and 11 should reach the Australia Post
Defence Mail Facility in Sydney no later
than December 11.
The best advice is get in early but,
if there is any doubt, senders within
Australia should check with their local
Australia Post retail outlet, customer call
centre on 13 13 18 or visit the Australia
Post website at www.auspost.com.au to
determine an appropriate posting date
from their location to meet the closing
Deployed forces should check with
their local AFPO to determine an appro-
priate posting date from their location.
Remember that material that might
be considered a family joke or routine-
ly humorous or simply everyday in the
home context may not be acceptable or
may be prohibited in certain countries.
All mail is subject to border scrutiny.
Exercise caution if sending women's
magazines or other types of publications,
alcohol, or even wrapping paper with a
Make sure all customs documentation
and declarations are filled out correctly
and attached to the parcel. Also make
Give your loved ones
a Christmas boost
sure to have proof of identity when post-
ing a parcel. If the parcel doesn't comply
with international mail security require-
ments it may be held up or be rejected by
Remember that mail sent via the
Defence network is restricted to person-
al mail only for Defence personnel or
approved agencies working with Defence
and may not attract international rates
of postage. These arrangements do not
cater for any material of a humanitarian
or goodwill nature. These items attract
normal international rates of postage and
should be sent via the civilian mail sys-
For those serving aboard HMA
Serial Number, Rank, Initials,
Name of HMA Ship
FORCES NSW 2890
In the case of west-based
HMA Ships: PERTH WA 6958
For land-based personnel:
Serial Number, Rank, Initials,
Operation (add name)
AFPO (add number)
FORCES NSW 2890
By CPL Corinne Boer
A VACCINE against the H1N1 influ-
enza, formerly known as swine flu, is
now available to ADF members.
Panvax has been tested and assessed
as being safe and effective and regis-
tered in Australia by the Therapeutic
Senior Medical Adviser Military
Population Health -- Joint Health
Command, Dr Victoria Ross, said the
strain of influenza was still dominant
in the northern hemisphere where their
flu season had picked up earlier than
"It has pretty much subsided in the
southern hemisphere and, in Australia,
flu levels are back to normal," Dr Ross
"We don't know how the virus will
behave in the future or when and how
it will mutate, so vaccination is encour-
aged as this is a new strain that people
don't have immunity to."
Dr Ross said influenza viruses
mutated quite often, which was why a
new vaccine was produced every year.
Joint Health Command highly rec-
ommends vaccination for those who
would benefit most from receiving the
vaccine including pregnant women and
people with chronic diseases like asth-
ma or diabetes.
It is also highly recommended for
ADF health care workers involved
in direct patient contact, recruits or
trainees entering initial training estab-
lishments, where members live in
close quarters, and for ADF members
Panvax good to go
deploying, posting or travelling to
the northern hemisphere.
Joint Operations Command is
working out the details for vac-
cinating personnel currently
While emphasis will be on tar-
geting these priority groups, any
ADF member who wishes to pro-
tect themselves from pandemic
H1N1 influenza is also encouraged
to get the vaccination.
Currently, the vaccine is only
supplied from the Department of
Health and Ageing in multi-dose
packs, so for maximum safety and
benefit, enough people have to be
available for vaccination before a
pack is opened.
Anyone wanting the vaccine
should contact their ADF health
facility ahead of time to find out
what the local arrangements are.
The vaccine is essentially the
same as the usual seasonal flu vac-
cine but with a different strain of
Dr Ross said side effects and
precautions were also the same.
"Common side effects can
include some soreness at the site
of injection, headache, mild fever,
body aches and fatigue for a short
time after vaccination," she said.
"As with the seasonal flu vac-
cine, anyone with an allergy to
eggs, chicken protein or any com-
ponent of the vaccine should not
Anyone who thinks they might
have influenza or have any con-
cerns should contact their health
centre for advice.
More information can be found on the
JHC website at http://intranet.defence.
H1N1%20Influenza%2009 and the
Department of Health and Ageing
Health Emergency website at http://
Advice can also be sought from the
pandemic hotline on 180 2007.
H1N1 vaccine is
now available to
Make sure you
see your health
centre to get
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