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NEW mental health teams will come
online this year as part of Defence's
commitment to the ADF Mental Health
The number of teams -- which deliv-
er programs covering substance abuse,
depression and suicide prevention -- will
rise from three to eight by mid-2011.
They will be based in each of the
mainland capital cities and Townsville.
The initiative is a response to the
2009 Dunt Review, which identified
that increased services were required by
One of the major new measures
is the creation of the ADF Alcohol
Management Strategy, which started
last November and will continue until
November this year.
Joint Health Commander MAJGEN
Paul Alexander said Defence practised a
policy of responsible drinking and zero
tolerance to drugs.
He added that the new alcohol man-
agement strategy was a direct response
to the "extreme concern" from service
"We've engaged a peak body to
assist with the management strategy and
we've also established a project man-
agement board and working groups
that have tri-service representation,"
MAJGEN Alexander said.
"Looking at the culture and the lead-
ing causes of alcohol-related issues is a
"We also want to conduct policy to
practice reviews, stakeholder interviews
and establish focus groups. They aren't
buzz words; they're current best practice
and we want the best for the ADF."
While there is zero tolerance to alco-
hol and substance abuse, Defence policy
incorporates support and education as
well as discipline and safety.
"In some instances the misuse of
alcohol and/or other drugs can be a sign
of an underlying mental health issue,"
MAJGEN Alexander said.
"I'd encourage anyone who thinks
they have a problem to ask for assis-
tance, so they can then be referred to a
Individuals requiring treatment
may be referred for individual coun-
selling or to a group program includ-
ing the Outpatient Alcohol Treatment
Program (four days) and the Alcohol
Rehabilitation and Education Program
More mental health
teams for the ADF
Challenges explored with the UK
CPL Zenith King
YOU wouldn't expect to see the Air
Force as part of Team Army, but AC
Dally Arrow was an exception to the
rule during this year's Summernats,
which attracted thousands to Can-
berra's exhibition park from January
Ground support equipment fit-
ter AC Arrow said his decision to
join the military was fuelled by an
encounter with Armygeddon.
Armygeddon is Army's heavily
modified 6X6 Land Rover show car.
"I had seen Armygeddon at
Bathurst countless times because I
would go with dad every year," he
"In 2008 I was doing my HSC
and had no idea what I was going
"When we saw the Team Army
truck and Armygeddon my dad
encouraged me to go up and say
AC Arrow said that although he
was hesitant, this encounter with
Team Army encouraged him to
enlist on the spot.
"The boys told me what it was
like and how it all works so I put
my name down there and then with
the Army recruiting guys," he said.
"From there I went to recruiting
and decided to join the Air Force
because of my family history."
AC Arrow said the highlight of
his career so far was when he trav-
elled back to Bathurst with Team
"In 2010 I was at Bathurst with
the team and had a photo taken with
my dad and the car," he said.
"He had encouraged me to take
that first step, so to be standing up
there with him was really special."
When it comes to training, AC
Arrow said the work he does with
Team Army had enhanced his train-
"It helps with your trade
because you are learning things they
don't cover in the wing.
"To be a part of the decision
making processes and work on
high performance vehicles is really
rewarding," he said.
Although AC Arrow only has
four months left in Vehicle Training
Wing, he intends to remain involved
with the team until he is posted in
"Hopefully I will get to go to
another event but regardless I will
keep turning up down at the shed,"
"The boys on the team are my
best mates; we have formed a real-
ly close bond and are a tight-knit
BIG RIG: AC Dally Arrow points out other vehicles participating in an official cruise at Summernats to
CFN Michael Streatfield and CFN Toby Osborne on the back of Armygeddon. Photos: David McClenaghan
TIES between Australia and the UK
were strengthened last month follow-
ing the third Australia-United King-
dom Ministerial (AUKMIN) consul-
tations in Sydney.
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd
and Defence Minister Stephen Smith
met with their UK counterparts,
Foreign Secretary William Hague
and Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox,
to review the strategic direction of
the relationship between Australia
and the UK.
Discussions focused on the chal-
lenge of finding global solutions to
foreign, defence and security policy
problems, including the situation in
Afghanistan and Pakistan; changing
dynamics in Asia; and approaches
to counter-proliferation, counter-ter-
rorism, space and cyber-security.
On completion, the two sides
released a joint communiqué and
signed a Strategic Policy Partnership
to formalise collaboration between
the two Defence departments.
AC Arrow up
close with the
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