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About Joint Health Command

Joint Health Command (JHC) provides health care to ADF members and ensures the health preparedness of ADF personnel for operations, and, deployable elements of JHC for deployment in support of operations. To effect this, JHC develops strategic health policy, provides strategic level health advice and exercises technical and financial control of ADF health units.

Commander Joint Health Command Rear Admiral Robyn Walker

About Commander Joint Health

AVM Tracy Smart joined the Air Force in 1985 and completed her medical training at the Flinders University of South Australia in 1987. After completing Intern and Resident Medical Officer training at Adelaide hospitals, she commenced full time duty in the RAAF in January 1989, serving as a Medical Officer at RAAF bases Amberley (1989) and Pearce (1990), and Senior Medical Officer (SMO) at RAAF Pearce in 1991.

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Health Updates

New Research into the Mental Health of ADF Members

In 2014, the Department of Defence in collaboration with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, commissioned one of the most comprehensive military research programmes undertaken in Australia. The Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme examines the mental, physical and social health of serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel, and their families.

The first two reports, Mental Health Prevalence and Pathways to Care, were released on 5 Apr 18 and can be accessed at

A further six reports will be released throughout 2018 and 2019


Defence Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy

On 10 October 2017, Acting Chief of the Defence Force Vice Admiral Ray Griggs and the Secretary of Defence Mr Greg Moriarty, launched the Defence Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2018-2023.

This Strategy consolidates and builds on our experience and recognises out commitment to a whole or organisation approach to improving the mental health and wellbeing of all Defence personnel through their service in the ADF or as APS employees.

It acknowledges the similarities and unique elements of the ADF and APS workforce and recognises the need to distinguish the specific services and initiatives tailored to each. The strategic objectives apply to everyone in Defence but also reflect the specific and additional challenges posed by military service.

For a web accessibility copy of the document please contact  

Evaluation of the PTSD Coach Australia mobile phone application

For more information see Evaluation of the PTSD Coach Australia mobile phone application


Serving members that may have developed PTSD during or after their military service may be able to participate in a new clinical treatment trial known as the RESTORE Trial - Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery.

The RESTORE Trial is investigating one of the most effective treatments for PTSD - known as Prolonged Exposure (PE). Prolonged Exposure therapy is a gold standard evidence-based treatment best described as a type of trauma - focused cognitive behavioural therapy.

The trial is being held in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

For more information visit the RESTORE page.

Cadets now have access to the Employee Assistance Program

ADF Cadets now have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP provides free, confidential and professional counselling to help people resolve problems that may impact their life. For more information see For Cadets

JHC Annual Review 2016-17

The annual performance review for health services provided to ADF personnel highlighting the significant progress made in delivering high quality healthcare during the reporting period

The Annual Review 2016-17 is available via this link

The Australian Gulf War Veterans’ Follow Up Health Study 2015

The findings of the Australian Gulf War Veterans’ Follow Up Health Study 2015 have been released and can be found on the DVA Website. The study is a follow up to the original Australian Gulf War Veterans’ Health Study 2003, also commissioned by DVA, to assess Gulf War veterans’ health and wellbeing 20 years after deployment.

Resilience App for ADF Members

A new smart phone app developed by the Departments of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and Defence has been released to help current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) manage immediate responses to stress and help build resilience.

Health Information Privacy in Defence

On 12 March 2014 changes to the Privacy Act 1988 took effect. These changes replace the Information Privacy Principles (IPP) with 13 Australian Privacy Principles (APP), which govern the way agencies collect, store, use and disclose personal information. As an agency, Defence must comply with the APP. Health information is considered to be sensitive personal information, and has additional protections under the Privacy Act.

The Joint Health Command (JHC) Privacy Statement explains how the personal health information of Defence members is collected, managed and used by Defence. See the following PDF or Word documents:

For further information visit the Defence information privacy site or email the Defence privacy officer on

ADF Family Health News

Participating ADF families are now able to lodge manual claims via the new Online Claiming functionality. For more details visit ‘How to Claim’.

RADM Walker has launched the Strategic Intent for Joint Health Command for 2013-15 (PDF). The Strategic Intent informs JHC planning, performance and governance over the next two years.

Our Organisation

Garrison Health Operations

The Branch is primarily responsible for the delivery and management of quality, safe, efficient and effective health care to ADF personnel within Australia and on non-operational postings overseas.

Mental Health, Psychology and Rehabilitation

The Branch is comprised of four Directorates which also serve as the Technical Authorities for occupational psychology, operational mental health support, non-operational mental health services and rehabilitation services.