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Army April 25, 2013
WHEN Brig Georgina
Whelan joined Joint
Health Command (JHC)
as Director General
Garrison Health Operations in
January, she became the command's
fourth female star-ranked officer
alongside Commander Joint Health
RAdm Robyn Walker.
Director General Health Capability
Cdre Liz Rushbrook and Director
General Strategic Health Coordination
Air-Cdre Tracy Smart are the other
one-star ranks in the leadership team.
The Director General of
Mental Health, Psychology and
Rehabilitation, David Morton, has
been with Joint Health Command
for three years after holding posi-
tions in the public health sector and
Department of Veterans' Affairs in
several key mental health service
delivery and policy areas.
"I am very pleased to be part of
such a talented team leading some of
the most significant changes to ADF
health service delivery," Mr Morton
said. "My colleagues provide a great
deal of inspiration for others to fol-
RAdm Walker said the make-up
of the leadership team was not at all
a process of deliberate selection, but
rather a timely convergence of tal-
ented and experienced military health
care professionals. And they just hap-
pened to be women.
"There have been significant trans-
formational changes to Defence health
and I have an experienced team ready
to fully embed those changes," RAdm
Cdre Rushbrook began her Navy
career as a third-year undergradu-
ate medical student at Queensland
University in 1991. She completed
her medical training in 1995 and went
on to assume a wide range of health
positions, including clinical leadership
roles within health centres, ships and
Cdre Rushbrook is responsible
for workforce, training, logistics and
health capability coordination.
Brig Whelan enlisted in the Army
Psychology Corps in March 1985 and
in 1988 received her commission after
graduating from the New Zealand
Officer Cadet School.
She has had a variety of staff and
regimental appointments across gar-
rison and combat health units, as
well as a number of non-health staff
Health leads the way
The leadership team at Joint Health
Command is doing its bit to increase the
percentage of women in senior positions,
Michael Weaver reports.
appointments at Functional Command
and Army HQ.
Brig Whelan was the principal
staff officer in the development of the
Army Health Force Modernisation
Plan and was directly involved in the
development of the Army approach
to managing wounded, ill and injured
personnel. She led the establish-
ment of the Army Soldier Recovery
Likewise, Air-Cdre Smart has had
a long military career in which she
has served as a medical officer, senior
medical officer, and aviation medicine
specialist at bases around Australia
and on operations.
She is responsible for health policy
and advice, health research coordina-
tion, and the roll out of the new Joint
eHealth Data and Information system.
Leading the way: From left, Air-Cdre Tracy Smart, David Morton, RAdm Robyn Walker, Brig Georgina Whelan
and Cdre Liz Rushbrook form the senior leadership team at Joint Health Command.
Photo by LS Paul Berry
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