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December 8, 2011
Top medico says thank you
By Graham McBean
OUTGOING Commander Joint
Health Command (CJHLTH)
MAJGEN Paul Alexander has
thanked the ADF medical team and
senior officers for supporting him
through three years of evolution in
MAJGEN Alexander's tenure as
the ADF's top medical officer ends on
December 22, after which he is return-
ing to his hometown in Brisbane to
most likely continue clinical practice
and work in the medico-legal area.
He was appointed as the inaugural
CJHLTH in 2008 after a distinguished
career as a full-time medical officer
and Army reservist from 1998.
He was promoted to major general
in 2008 and asked to take up the post
of CJHLTH and oversee one of the
ADF's biggest overarching evolutions
in Defence health care in its history.
MAJGEN Alexander said the
opportunity to serve Defence as
CJHLTH had been an "absolute privi-
"I would like to pay tribute to the
entirety of the ADF health care provid-
ers," he said.
"All three Services, Australian
Public Service and our contracted staff
have put in work that has really devel-
oped the system and put the emphasis
on quality and safety that we want in a
health care system.
"I would like to thank them all for
their tireless effort."
MAJGEN Alexander said introduc-
tion of the JHC structure had been an
important initiative for change in ADF
health care and had laid the foundation
for the future.
"I believe the support from senior
leadership to establish a system that
would improve health-service delivery,
streamline and improve the quality of
our health services has been great for
He said there had been many
achievements in ADF health since
2008 and highlighted the continued
growth in mental health services as an
He said the completion of the
Mental Health Prevalence Study would
enable better understanding men-
tal health needs with evidence-based
"It is important we continue to
improve our mental health services
and reduce the stigma associated with
mental health and mental illness," he
"We need to continue, with the
assistance of senior leadership, to
ensure that people present early and
have the problems resolved and man-
aged effectively before they become
For the future, he said ADF joint
health would be "in safe hands" with
the promotion of CDRE Robyn Walker
as the first female rear admiral and
appointment as the new CJHLTH.
JOINT Health Command (JHC)
is introducing a new process
for conducting periodic health
The current Comprehensive
Preventive Health Examination
and the Medical Employment
Classification Review will be
replaced from February 1, 2012.
A combined Periodic
Review (PHE/MECR) will be
introduced in their place.
"The PHE/MECR is a consoli-
dation of a suite of examinations
and assessments into a single,
modular process," Commander
JHC MAJGEN Paul Alexander
He said the greatest advan-
tage was that at the completion of
a PHE/MECR, personnel would
have a confirmed MEC, SPEC,
PULHEEMS and employment
More information is available at
GOOD JOB: Commander
Joint Health Command
MAJGEN Paul Alexander will
retire on December 22.
Photo: CPL Aaron Curran
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