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By Alan Pinsker
JOINT Health Command, together
with the Centre for Military and
Veterans' Health (CMVH), have
started a roadshow to promote par-
ticipation in the Military Health
Outcomes Program (MilHOP).
Senior leadership from Joint
Health Command, including BRIG
Stephan Rudzki, will be visiting mil-
itary establishments to emphasise the
importance to commanders of the
need to encourage Service personnel
to complete the health surveys.
BRIG Rudzki said the MilHOP
program represented a wonderful
opportunity to gather health infor-
mation that could help shape health
policy and practice now and into the
"I will be encouraging command-
ers, wherever possible, to allow their
personnel time to participate in the
MilHOP," BRIG Rudzki said.
In addition to these briefings by
Joint Health Command leadership,
MilHOP teams from CMVH will
establish 'drop in' centres at major
military establishments to allow
Service personnel to receive, com-
plete and lodge survey question-
MilHOP will gather information
from all serving personnel through a
range of surveys:
the MEAO Census Study is gath-
ering general health information
from Defence personnel who
have already deployed to the
the MEAO Prospective Study
will investigate the links between
health and deployment by collect-
ing data from Defence personnel
before and after they deploy to
the Middle East;
the Health and Wellbeing Survey
aims to measure mental health in
the entire ADF population; and
the Mortality and Cancer
Incidence Study will assess the
effects of deployment on long-
term health outcomes.
PROF Alexander McFarlane,
first Chief Investigator of MilHOP,
said protecting the health and wel-
fare of serving and ex-serving mem-
bers of the ADF was one of the most
challenging tasks faced by Defence
and the Department of Veterans'
"MilHOP is designed to help
address this challenge by bet-
ter understanding the physical and
mental health of all ADF members,"
PROF McFarlane said.
Participation in the studies will
in no way affect an individual's enti-
tlements or benefits now or at any
point in the future.
General information about MilHOP is
available from the CMVH website at
www.cmvh.org.au, from the Research
Team on 1800 886 567, or email mil-
MilHOP roadshow begins
WE NEED YOU!: Sailors are being encouraged to participate in the Military Health Outcomes Program.
Photo: LA(PHOT) Alisdair MacLeod
Roadshow at a glance
The Roadshow timetable
for the 'drop in' centres
Launch of Joint
THE Joint Amphibious Capability
Implementation Team (JACIT) has
launched a new and updated intranet
Launched in June, the website was
designed to provide a single reference
site to source the latest information and
policies relating to the LHD.
Information such as the Australian
Amphibious Concept, Concepts of
Employment for the LHD, deck and
compartment layouts, as well as FAQs,
are located on the site.
The website is part of a broader com-
munications plan designed to inform the
ADF about the LHD and the capabilities
this platform will bring to the ADF. The
website will continue to expand through-
out the development and delivery of the
LHD and suggestions for additional con-
tent are welcome.
A RFI form has been included on the
website for questions and suggestions.
Answers to questions will generally be
posted on the FAQ pages.
The site is located at http://intranet.
and a link is also located under the Navy
Capability section on the Capability sec-
For further information contact LCDR Bill
Davidson, SO2 C4I JACIT, at graeme.david-
MINISTER for Defence Materiel and
Science, Greg Combet, has congratu-
lated ASC on its continued commit-
ment to building the local submarine
industry in Western Australia.
Speaking on June 17, Mr Combet
said, "With the recent successful dock-
ing of the first submarine at Australian
Marine Complex (AMC) in Henderson
WA, ASC has marked a key milestone for
the $35 million purpose-built submarine
"The establishment and growth of
industry bases in key Defence areas con-
tinues to improve the capacity for indus-
try partners to respond efficiently and
effectively to Defence requirements."
With this increase in capability, ASC
is now able to carry out maintenance on
as many as three submarines at any one
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By CPL Jane Ashby-Cliffe
A REVIEW to analyse current policies
and procedures for reporting defects
on ADF personal equipment and com-
bat clothing has commenced.
Focusing on the effectiveness and
efficiency of the RODUM (Report On
Defective or Unsatisfactory Materiel)
system, the review team are calling for
submissions from ADF personnel to help
identify weaknesses in the system.
Lee Walton, review coordinator,
said the review would assess the ease of
use and responsiveness of the reporting
system, the current feedback arrange-
ments and provide recommendations for
"Every submission will be acknowl-
edged and carefully considered, and
we hope by canvassing ADF personnel
we will be able to identify patterns and
shortcomings in the system," Mr Walton
said.Submissions should be received
before August 9. They must be less than
10,000 words and written in accord-
ance with the Terms of Reference in
Mr Walton said the review team
wanted to ensure the RODUM system
was more accessible and responsive, and
that issues agreed to be significant were
"Instilling a greater confidence in the
system will ensure it is used to its fullest
potential," he said.
The review will be conducted by Jeff
Whalan and supported by Mr Walton
with a report of recommendations
released in September.
Mr Whalan, a former CEO of
Centrelink and Medicare, is an independ-
ent external reviewer with a long and dis-
tinguished career in the public service.
All submissions are to be emailed to rodum.
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