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September 2, 2010
Defence health milestone
DEFENCE'S ongoing commit-
ment to improve health care
for ADF members has reached
In July, VCDF, the three Service
Chiefs and the Deputy Secretary of
Defence Support signed the regional
level agreements (RLAs) for regional
health services, which detailed
responsibilities for health programs
and services across Australia.
VCDF LTGEN David Hurley
said the RLAs would take the confu-
sion and frustration out of Defence
health care delivery.
"These agreements remove long-
standing ambiguity on what will and
will not be provided by the Services
and Defence organisations," he said.
"They represent an important
milestone for the delivery of garrison
health support for the ADF.
"This is the first time the single-
Service health personnel, materiel,
resources and facilities used to
deliver garrison health support will
be under the command, control and
management of a single Defence
entity -- Joint Health Command
He said each RLA specified the
requirements for all parties involved
with the delivery of health care and
had been introduced as part of the
enhancement and reform of Defence
health care following the establish-
ment of JHC in 2008.
JHC will appoint regional health
directors to oversee the new regions
and provide dedicated health sup-
HEALTH CHECK: Signing the regional level health agreements are, left to right, Deputy Secretary
Defence Support Simon Lewis, CN VADM Russ Crane, CDRE Robyn Walker, VCDF LTGEN David Hurley,
Commander Joint Health Command, MAJGEN Paul Alexander, AIRCDRE Tracy Smart; CAF AIRMSHL Mark
Binskin; and CA LTGEN Ken Gillespie.
Photo: Bryan Doherty
port to local commanders.
The development of the regional
health services will also complement
current single-Service initiatives.
Commander JHC, MAJGEN
Paul Alexander, said JHC staff and
representatives from the Services
and DSG had worked hard to
achieve a better-structured Defence
"It means improved care and
services for all personnel.
"Our health reform program
successes so far, and our continu-
ing work, means Defence remains
a national and international leader
in the delivery of health care,"
MAJGEN Alexander said.
By Nicole Steele
OVER the next two years, Military
Health Outcomes Program
(MilHOP) study teams will be
investigating the health chal-
lenges that are faced by current and
ex-serving personnel across the
MilHOP will provide Defence
with the most up-to-date information
on the health and well-being of ADF
MilHOP will also help Defence
better understand and further improve
the Return to Australia Psychological
Screening (RtAPS) and Post
Operational Psychological Screening
(POPS) processes, which provide
ADF members with an opportunity to
reflect upon their deployment experi-
ence as well as access support if this
Through the information collected
by MilHOP, Defence will review
the instruments administered in the
RtAPS and POPS questionnaires to
ensure that they are assessing the
most appropriate and valid informa-
tion to assist members post deploy-
If you have not yet received your invita-
tion to participate in one of the many
MilHOP studies, or if you would like any
further information on MilHOP, call our
study team on free call 1800 886 567 or
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