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JOINT Health Command (JHC) is introducing
a new process for conducting Periodic Health
Assessments to streamline the current health
monitoring and assessment processes.
The current Comprehensive Preventive
Health Examination (CPHE) and the Medical
Employment Classification Review (MECR)
will be replaced from February 1.
Outgoing commander JHC Maj-Gen
Paul Alexander said a combined Periodic
Health Examination/Medical Employment
Classification Review (PHE/MECR) would be
introduced in their place.
"The PHE/MECR is a consolidation of a
suite of examinations and assessments into a
single, modular process," he said.
The greatest advantage of this new pro-
cess would be that at the completion of a
PHE/MECR, ADF personnel would have a
confirmed MEC, SPEC, PULHEEMS and
Employment Restrictions, Maj-Gen Alexander
With the new Webform -- PM600 -- person-
nel can complete much of the administration
online through the DRN.
"This speeds up the process for health facil-
ity staff who can focus on completing the clini-
cal examination, which will essentially remain
the same" Maj-Gen Alexander said.
As service personnel become due for the
PHE/MECR they will be contacted by their
health facility staff and requested to complete
More information on the introduction of the PHE/MECR
process is detailed on the JHC website at
Top medico moves on
By Graham McBean
OUTGOING Commander Joint
Health Command (CJHLTH)
Maj-Gen John Alexander has
thanked the ADF medical team
and senior officers who supported
him through three years of evolu-
tion in ADF health.
Maj-Gen Alexander's tenure as
the ADF's top medical officer ends
on December 22 as he returns to his
hometown in Brisbane to most likely
continue clinical practice and work
in the medico-legal area.
He was appointed as the inaugu-
ral CJHLTH in 2008 after a distin-
guished career as a full-time medical
officer and Army reservist.
He was promoted to major gen-
eral in 2008 and asked to take up the
CJHLTH post to oversee one of the
ADF's biggest overarching evolu-
tions in healthcare.
Maj-Gen Alexander said the
opportunity to serve as CJHLTH had
been an "absolute privilege".
"I would like to pay tribute to
the entirety of the ADF healthcare
providers," Maj-Gen Alexander said.
"All three services, APS and our
contracted staff together have put
in work that has really developed
the system and put the emphasis on
quality and safety that we want in a
"I would like to thank them all
for their tireless effort."
Maj-Gen Alexander said intro-
duction of the JHC structure had
been an important initiative for
change in ADF healthcare and had
laid the foundation for the future.
"I believe the support from sen-
ior leadership to establish a system
that would improve health-service
delivery, streamline and improve the
quality of our health services has
been great for the organisation."
Maj-Gen Alexander said there
had been many achievements in
ADF Health since 2008 and high-
lighted the continued growth in
mental health services as an impor-
He said the completion of the
Mental Health Prevalence Study
would provide better understand-
ing of mental health needs with evi-
"It is important we continue to
improve our mental health services
and reduce the stigma associated
with mental health and mental ill-
ness," he said.
Maj-Gen Alexander passionately
listed the many other achievements
that were implemented by a joint
He included the launch of the
Joint e-Health data information sys-
tem, the refurbishment of health
centres on bases and the retention of
full-time medical staff as important
milestones among many.
He also highlighted rehabilitation
services as a priority and was proud
of the Paralympic high-performance
program, which sent five ADF mem-
bers to compete in the US this year.
For the future, he said ADF joint
health would be "in safe hands" with
Cdre Robyn Walker's promotion
as the first female rear admiral and
appointment as the new CJHLTH.
Top doc: Maj-Gen Paul Alexander recently stepped down from his position as Commander Joint
Health Command. He is pictured here inspecting 3RAR Pte Brendan Reid's injury during a tour of the
ADF medical facility in Dili in 2008.
Photo by Cpl Rodney Welch
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