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February 3, 2011
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Air Force Band
February 12: Force 10 will per-
form at the Big Band Sunsets
Festival at Mordialloc, Melbourne,
CO 79SQN WGCDR Bernard
Grealy will be hosting a squad-
ron past and present members
dining-in night on February 17 at
the RAAF Base Pearce Combined
Mess from 6.30pm to celebrate
the squadron being awarded four
The squadron was awarded the
WWII battle honours for Pacific
1943-1945, New Britain 1943,
Ubon Thailand and Morotai.
An open invitation is extended
to all serving and retired 79SQN
members. Dress for the function
is summer mess kit or black tie.
Cost is $35 for retired person-
nel. To confirm attendance or for
more information, contact the
79SQN Orderly Room on (08)
9571 7304 or email pea79sqn.
Past and present members of
34SQN, or anyone affiliated with
the squadron, are invited to reg-
ister their interest in attending a
reunion in Canberra.
The squadron was formed in
Darwin in 1942, so the reunion
is likely to be held in 2012 to cel-
ebrate 70 years' service.
Those interested are requested to
email Ken Stone at marganken@
A NEW periodic health examination
(PHE) will be introduced in July to
replace the Annual Health Assessment
and the Comprehensive Preventative
Health Examination (CPHE).
Joint Health Command's Directorate
of Military Medicine announced the new
system to reduce the number of medical
examinations in the ADF.
The system will be linked with a
member's MEC for more responsive
reporting of medical individual readi-
ness (IR) status.
The PHE will be done every five
years for Air Force personnel under 40.
Between 40 and 50, members will
have the examination every two years
and annually for those over 50.
The new timeframes reflect a risk
management approach to health assess-
ments and the likelihood of increased ill-
ness and disease with age, and is aligned
to best civilian medical practice.
A transition program is being d
oped for health staff in the con-
duct of the PHE and the workings
of the new MEC system.
As part of this process, routine
AHAs will be phased out and
cease on March 4.
Reserve members who need
an AHA for financial benefit can
continue to have one until June
30. Work is under way to
develop alternative procedures
for reservists to satisfy the eli-
gibility criteria for the Health
Support Allowance -- Reserves
from July 1.
For medical IR purposes, an
in-date CPHE and a status of
MEC 1 or 2 will satisfy the IR require-
ments during the period March 4 to
Medical centres have procedures in
place to manage medical IR reporting
requirements during the transition period.
New pre- and post-deployment
health screens will be introduced in
March and will replace the pre- and
A new Health Directive 222 --
Health Requirements for deployed
Australian Defence Force personnel
will be released that contains template
Because of unique operational
health requirements, screens may be
slightly different for each operation.
Operation specific pre- and post-
deployment screens will be available
from Joint Health Command, the
Garrison Health Operations website
and the webforms service on the
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