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I WOULD like to take this opportu-
nity on behalf of my mother Sharon,
sisters Samantha, Cassandra and
Rebecca and myself to thank the fol-
lowing for their support and letters
of sympathy after the passing of my
father WO1 A.L Reid OAM (retd).
RSM-A, the CO and RSM of the
School of Infantry and the Pipes and
Drums for their assistance.
The Special Air Service
Association for the memorial service
and support, the Infantry Association
and RSMs both past and present
showing that the Infantry family is
second to none when it comes to
times of need and offers of support.
Brian Boughton, without whose
support and guidance this time would
have been so much more difficult.
Chris Jobson for taking the reins
and finalising the service for Jack,
giving Kaye Selmes the support she
needed and a fitting tribute for a
close family friend.
Lastly I would like to thank all
the members of the Vietnam Veterans
Motorcycle Club who were with Dad
at the time of his passing, escorted
him to the funeral and gave him a
new lease on life after retirement.
Thanks for the support in a difficult time
Trouble in bars
Soldiers respond to earlier letters on changes to bar hours
WITH reference to the letter (Army,
June 20, Times have changed for bar
hours) on the subject of bar hours
reducing and the cost of alcohol
likely to increase.
Firstly, I agree with the reduction
in hours to reduce cost and I feel that
there is no need to have boozers/mess-
es open every day or until 10-11pm
What I don’t agree with is the
thinking that raising prices of alcohol
will reduce the overall amount of alco-
While the article refers to a report
by Prof Hamilton dated August 2011,
there were no figures or stats given,
nor did the letter say that this was
focused on alcohol consumed in unit
boozers or messes within the barracks
environment, or in pubs, or even at
home while having a barbecue.
We have a very good mechanism in
place for messes and boozers to stop
incidents occurring or escalating.
This is by having qualified and
experienced staff in place and duty
staff on call and conducting checks
during the operating periods.
We cannot control the amount of
alcohol consumed when soldiers are
out on the town but only hope soldiers
will look after their mates.
If the price of a beer was doubled
or tripled in officers and sergeants
messes or boozers (to align with clubs/
pubs), most people are likely to buy
less, hence consume less, in the mess.
The problem arising of alcohol-
related incidents is not occurring on
barracks or from the cost of a beer in
the boozers, but in clubs, pubs and
night club strips such as Flinders St
in Townsville, which soldiers frequent
Many a soldier lives off barracks
and has barbecues or mates around
before they hit the town.
They buy their drink in bulk from
the local bottle shop to keep costs
down and then head out late in the
evening until the small hours of the
This is when most incidents occur,
not on barracks. They still buy their
drinks at $5-$8 a beer or $8-$12 for
spirits and spend a fortune during the
The problem at hand is not the
price of drinks available on barracks;
the problem covers the attitudes
regarding alcohol in the community as
We are but a small part of that
community but we have a much bigger
profile when incidents occur and as
such, are reported in the media.
If we stopped selling alcohol alto-
gether on barracks, would incidents
still occur? Of course they would.
Soldiers would continue to do what
they already do, barbecues and pre-
night-out drinks at home or at their
WO2 Alan Tarr
Barred: Some personnel believe increasing the cost of alcohol in the ADF
could result in more incidents of alcohol-related unacceptable behaviour.
AFTER World War I thousands of
servicemen returned home suffering
from what they called shell shock.
So many that it overwhelmed the
mental health professionals of the
With a shortage of psychothera-
pists they turned to hypnosis for a
fast method of therapy and found it
was a success.
At the end of WWII not much
had changed and the same thing hap-
pened. Here we are again in 2013
with men returning from overseas.
Same problem different name.
Hypnosis or hypnotherapy was
the answer for many diggers’ PTSD
in the past.
I am not a hypnotherapist, nor
do I know one. I can’t tell you how
much a therapy session for a hypno-
therapist would cost. I haven’t any
idea. But I do know it worked before
for PTSD and it is worth giving it a
If you’re suffering at home and
having trouble coping, it is worth
giving it a go.
Like most things I am sure there
are some great hypnotherapists out
there and some dodgy ones. You will
have to do your research. If you find
a good one and the treatment works,
it will be worth the effort not only
for you, but for your family and a
better brighter future.
If it does work, spread the word,
tell your mates, write to Army. We
need people to give it a go and let the
others know. I understand there is
some professional snobbery between
psychotherapists and hypnotherapists
so don’t be put off from having a go
if you come up against this.
We can beat these things if we all
stick together and give each other a
After all we don’t leave our mates
behind and we are not going to do
Paul Shilcock (Ex-RAAF sergeant)
Take the doctor’s
advice on PTSD
Director Army Health, Col Len Brennan,
PTSD is now a well-recognised
consequence of war for some person-
Defence Health Services are well
placed to support soldiers with PTSD.
The best evidenced-based treat-
ment for PTSD is either trauma-
focused cognitive behavioural therapy
(CBT) or eye movement desensitiza-
tion reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.
It is important that soldiers with
PTSD are referred to appropriate cli-
nicians with skills in these therapies.
There is no evidence that hypno-
therapy alone is effective in the treat-
ment of PTSD and it may be harmful
if it delays the soldier accessing the
more effective treatments.
There may however be a role for
hypnosis in some soldiers to assist
with addressing traumatic memories
and improving control of hypera-
rousal symptoms, when used in con-
junction with trauma focused CBT or
The symptoms of PTSD and asso-
ciated treatments are very demanding
and distressing for soldiers and their
Soldiers are encouraged to engage
with their health care providers to dis-
cuss and tailor their treatment and not
to seek alternative or complimentary
treatments without first discussing it
with their health care provider.
Ask: Soldiers are encouraged to
seek professional advice before
engaging alternative therapies.
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