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October 24, 2013
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RESPECT -- EXCELLENCE -- AGILITY -- DEDICATION -- INTEGRITY -- TEAMWORK
Living the Air Force Values:
CPL Nick Wiseman
CDF GEN David Hurley launched
the ADF's second annual Mental
Health Day in Canberra on
ADF Mental Health Day marked
the start of a month of activities and
events at military bases throughout
Australia and overseas, recognising
mental health education and awareness
promotion and prevention.
GEN Hurley said the ADF was an
organisation that balanced risk before
it acted, likening it to some people
needing to seek assistance.
"If you're avoiding coming for-
ward because you are concerned about
career implications, I don't think
you're making the right risk assess-
ment," GEN Hurley said.
"You need to ask yourself 'to
whom else could I expose harm if I
don't seek help?' "
The day was also an opportunity
for all members of the ADF to reflect
on their own mental health, as well as
those with whom they work, and be
confident help was available if needed.
"I want to encourage honest discus-
sion about the issues of mental health
and help people in our organisation,"
GEN Hurley said.
"The message we want to give
them is that it's nothing to be ashamed
of and this is something that could
happen to any one of us -- help is avail-
able to both individuals and families."
CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown said
mental health issues were affecting
many Air Force personnel and their
"We all need to look beyond the
stigma associated with mental health
issues and view them as no differ-
ent from any other medical illness,"
AIRMSHL Brown said.
"We need to seek help early if
we are having problems as this will
improve the chance of recovery and
return to duty."
He said ADF Mental Health Day
aligned with Air Force's New Horizon.
"It's about doing what's right to
look after ourselves, our families, our
colleagues and our Air Force."
Many regional areas have held, or
are planning to hold, awareness events
and activities such as PT training ses-
sions, road shows and morning teas,
based around this year's theme of
'Healthy body, healthy mind'.
RAAF Base Amberley PTI, SGT
Matt Day, talked with Air Force mem-
bers about how nutrition and fitness
could impact on mental health.
"Physical and mental fitness go
hand in hand," SGT Day said.
"I talked about how exercise has
positive effects on the brain and that
healthier eaters tend to have less health
issues -- healthy mind, healthy body."
More information about Mental Health
Day and regional activities can be found
If members need help with a mental health
issue, they should speak to their supervisor
or visit their local medical centre, or call
the All Hours Support Line, which operates
24/7, on 1800 628 036.
Note: See page 25 for a feature on anxiety.
mind "IT'S NOTHING TO
BE ASHAMED OF":
CDF GEN David Hurley
launches ADF Mental
Photo: CPL Nick Wiseman
LS Helen Frank
'LESSONS learnt' will be the theme of
the ninth Military Health Symposium
to be held at HMAS Waterhen in
Sydney on November 9.
The theme is based on the premise
that those who do not learn from
history are destined to repeat it. The
symposium will focus on ways to
ensure that lessons from deployments
and exercises are not restricted or
Topics will include challenges
Defence is facing now, challenges that
need to be prepared for, cutting-edge
medicine, cutting-edge research and
geopolitical situational updates.
Chairman Military Health Sympo-
sium Organising Committee LTCOL
David Phillips said the keynote speaker
would be Jenny Hayward-Jones, Direc-
tor of the Myer Foundation Melanesia
Program at the Lowy Institute, who
would speak on China in the Pacific.
"As the ADF moves back from
Afghanistan we need to refresh our
knowledge and look at the lessons
learnt of the major power in our region
-- China," LTCOL Phillips said.
He said up to 150 personnel were
expected to attend the symposium.
"This is a great chance to hear what
is happening and put questions to the
leaders of the ADF Health Services,"
OPPORTUNITY TO AIR ISSUES
"Attendees will learn about the
challenges ahead as we face antibiotic-
resistant tuberculosis and hear about
the amazing new research showing that
post traumatic stress disorder actually
causes changes in the structure of the
The day will run from 8am to
4.30pm. Registration closes on
For more information on the sympo-
sium, contact David Talakovski on
(02) 8335 5269 or email david.talako-
KEY POINTS: A Military Health
Symposium will be held in
Sydney in November. Pictured
here is Medic LACW Ebony
SGT Dave Morley
AN AIR Force Joint Terminal
Attack Controller (JTAC) has
returned from a multinational
exercise in Indiana, US, where he
was the sole ADF representative
among personnel from 14 coun-
Pilot FLTLT Tim Middlemiss
(pictured), of 4SQN at RAAF Base
digital close air
manoeuvres and system concepts.
He said the exercise provided an
opportunity for coalition countries
to operate in an environment where
they could test the compatibility of
their digital systems with foreign
systems and test new technologies.
"The Air Force's single focus
during this exercise was to execute
digitally aided close air support
(DACAS) using the ADF's new
Digital Terminal Control System,
which is being introduced into ser-
vice with Air Force and Army in
2014," he said.
"We conducted DACAS controls
and testing with A-10C Warthog,
French Mirage 2000, F/A-18F Super
Hornet and AV8B Harrier aircraft.
"Traditional close air support
(CAS) involves 'voice' communica-
tion via radio between the JTAC and
aircraft but this exercise was aimed
at executing 'digitally aided' CAS.
"Digital CAS means transmitting
the information via data instead of
voice -- a bit like sending an SMS on
your mobile instead of talking on the
FLTLT Middlemiss said it was
still in the early stages of develop-
ment and integration among coali-
"There is potential for the future
and it's important that the ADF
maintains a presence among DACAS
development opportunities like Bold
Quest in order to keep up to date
with the latest coalition technolo-
gies," he said.
More than 1000 coalition
forces from Australia, Belgium,
Canada, Germany, Denmark,
Finland, France, United Kingdom,
Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and
the US took part in the exercise with
observers from Slovakia and Poland.
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