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For a better health service for you and your ADF
teammates, participate in the MilHOP survey.
1800 886 567
June 10, 2010
By Carol Davy
YOUR chance to shape the future of Defence's
healthcare system has arrived. By participating in the
Military Health Outcomes Program (MilHOP) you
can help Defence and the community to better-under-
stand both physical and mental health challenges
faced by all ADF members.
A new MilHOP study, focusing on the health of
deploying personnel, begins this month. All individu-
als deploying to the Middle East from June 2010 and
returning from deployment by December 2011 will
be asked to participate in one pre-deployment and
one post-deployment survey. A small number of these
members will also be asked to have some physical and
The first deployment to be invited to participate in
this study will be the MTF-2 Battle Group. Surveys
will be going out to these members at the end of June,
with follow up assessments scheduled for August.
Professor Sandy McFarlane, Chief Investigator of
MilHOP, expressed gratitude for personnel taking the
time to complete the surveys, on top of all their other
"We realise that pre-deployment timelines are very
tight, so the survey and assessments are designed to
take up as little time as possible," Prof McFarlane said.
"In return, your contribution will help ensure the
future operational capability of Defence and the long-
term wellbeing of all ADF personnel."
Any identifying information for MilHOP stud-
ies is being managed by the Centre for Military and
Veterans' Health research teams, from the University of
Queensland and the University of Adelaide. Therefore,
all participants can be assured their privacy is protected
and their responses to the questionnaire will not be
identifiable to Defence.
Taking part in MilHOP is a very important contri-
bution that ADF members can make to improve their
health both during and following deployment. All ADF
members are encouraged to participate, not only for
their own health benefit and the benefit of their family's
welfare, but also to improve health outcomes for their
serving and ex-serving mates.
Any participants about to deploy to the MEAO who have
not received an invitation to this MilHOP study, or would like
more information about MilHOP, are invited to phone our
free call number 1800 886 567 or email milhop@cmvh.
FORMER foes joined hands recently
at a service in HMAS Kuttabul (CMDR
Christine Clarke) that marked the 68th
anniversary of the sinking of HMAS
Kuttabul and the daring Japanese midget
submarine attack on Sydney Harbour
More than 300 people attended the
service at the RAN Heritage Centre,
which used the conning tower of midget
submarine M22 as the centrepiece for
the wreath-laying ceremony.
A survivor of the attack, Neil Roberts,
recounted in gripping detail his recollec-
tion of the night the war came to Sydney.
Mr Roberts told how he was thrown
from his hammock by the explosion of
the torpedo that lifted Kuttabul into the
"I'm 87 now but I should have been
dead when I was 19," Mr Roberts said.
Mr Roberts said he was only alive
because he swapped sleeping berths
with another sailor on 'dog watch', which
spared him from the full force of the
exploding torpedo on the lower decks.
The Consul-General of Japan, Dr
Masahiro Kohara, laid a wreath in mem-
ory of all the sailors who lost their lives
and held Mr Roberts' hand as they dis-
cussed the battle.
Kuttabul was struck by a torpedo
during the Battle of Sydney on May 31,
1942. 21 RAN and RN sailors were
killed in the attack .
Sailors on Sydney skyline
TAKING a cue from Spider Man, Navy
recently assisted a Sir David Martin
Foundation fund-raising activity, challeng-
ing media personalities to abseil down a
26-floor building in Sydney's CBD.
The role of HMAS Kuttabul's SWO
Mark Donlan, CPOPT Jim Lawless and
two other sailors was to ensure the
safety of the stunt, which was broadcast
nationally by Channel 10 on May 27.
They helped Kitty Flannigan from The
7pm Project abseil from the top of the
AMP building in Sydney, accompanied
by Mount Everest climber and Sir David
Martin Foundation ambassador Andrew
The foundation was named in honour
of former RADM Sir David Martin, whose
wish was to help troubled youths.
-- Michael Brooke
FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL: LSAWASM Jamie
Dennis unravels a jumping ladder aboard HMAS
Photo: LSIS Nadia Monteith
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