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New centre to boost military and veterans' health resources.



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Joint Media Release

The Hon Mal Brough MP The Hon Danna Vale MP

Minister for Employment Services Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence Federal Member for Hughes Federal Member for Longman

Monday, December 22, 2003 MINASSIST 64/03

NEW CENTRE TO BOOST MILITARY AND VETERANS’ HEALTH RESOURCES

A new military medical centre will be established to better meet the health care needs of Australian Defence Force members during and after their service, Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, Mal Brough, and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Danna Vale, announced today.

The Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health (CMVH) is a collaborative project involving the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs. A consortium led by the University of Queensland, together with the University of Adelaide and the Menzies School of Health Research has been engaged to provide the services.

“The Centre will provide professional development and training for ADF members in medical and allied health care and will lead research into human performance and ADF and veterans health matters,” Mr Brough said.

“It also will look into the application of emerging medical technology and practices and provide the Defence Health Service with access to a comprehensive integrated range of health and related information systems.

“This will enable medical officers deployed with service personnel to transmit information about a particular condition electronically to specialist staff at the Centre for diagnosis and treatment.”

Mrs Vale said the Howard Government recognised the impact of modern day Defence activities as well as the longer-term issues of compensation, rehabilitation and ongoing health care for service personnel and veterans.

“The Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health will not only add to the effectiveness of ADF personnel on operations but will also assist in reducing the cost of work-related injury and disease, reducing compensation costs in the longer term.”

The CMVH will be located at the University of Queensland’s Mayne Medical School in Brisbane. A ‘satellite’ facility will be located within the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide.

The Howard Government will provide $1.9 million in funding to establish the centre, which will be staffed by Defence and civilian health specialists.

Media Contacts: Peter Gandolfi (Minister Brough’s Office) 0419 155 447 Claire Bannon (Minister Vale’s Office) 0423 781 896