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Army October 10, 2013
Ethnicity important Healthy living means
mental health too
DEFENCE has been recognised as
a leader in work health and safety
at the recent 2013 Comcare Work
Health and Safety Awards.
Defence won the catego-
ries Workplace Health and Safety
Management System, Solution to an
Identified Workplace Health and Safety
Hazard, and Individual Contribution to
Health and Safety. Defence was also
awarded two high commendations and
Director General Work Health and
Safety Lindsay Kranz said of the 23
finalists, eight were from Defence.
"This demonstrates Defence is hon-
ouring its commitment to reduce risks to
workers throughout our complex work
environment," he said.
While Army personnel came up with
some positive improvements the winners
were from Air Force, Navy and Joint
Health Command (JHC):
HMAS Warramunga for sustainable
performance optimisation in leadership
Air Force Cadets' 303 Sqn for the
development and implementation of
a complex safety management plan;
JHC's Robert Williams for promoting
work, health and safety compliance.
Army Aviation SPO Life Support
personnel had developed a prototype
restraint quick release system as an ini-
tiative to overcome a shortfall of the air
warrior aircrew ensemble.
Human Performance Cell PTI Sgt
Damien Browne implemented training
methods encouraging and setting chal-
lenging PT goals and designing sessions
within physically and mentally injured
Cpl Thomas Marchant replaced the
aerial delivery equipment trunk for
Black Hawks with a lockable wheeled
carry aid to protect soldiers' backs.
The Defence category winners will
be assessed by Comcare for partici-
pation in the ninth Annual Safe Work
Australia Awards 2014.
Defence's safety leaders
A REVIEW of human resources data
has revealed that only 16 per cent
of the Defence workforce has their
ethnicity recorded on the diversity
section of PMKeyS.
Cultural background is one of three
diversity data categories that can be
easily updated using PMKeyS Self
Service. The others are language and
Deputy Secretary Defence People
Group Carmel McGregor is concerned
that the low self-identification numbers
will limit Defence's ability to improve
"While we recognise that diver-
sity extends beyond the categories
we record on PMKeyS, it is useful in
forming a picture of the diversity in our
organisation," Ms McGregor said.
Defence uses the diversity data
from PMKeyS to build more inclu-
sive policies, establish business cases
for support services and to inform
important policy decisions that benefit
"With an incomplete picture of the
diversity in our workforce our people
might miss out on key services, as we
can't be sure of where they are needed
most," Ms McGregor said.
"If we had a comprehensive
database we could improve access to
networking opportunities similar to the
Defence Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Network, or determine if we
have the right number of mobility
Defence members are encour-
aged to visit their PMKeyS profile
in Self Service and update their
diversity information or to select the
'chose not to give this information'
option in each section. Direct man-
agers and senior personnel do not
have access to individual records,
but senior leaders may, from time
to time, be provided with a sum-
mary of diversity statistics specific
to their workforce.
Log in to PMKeyS, using
your service number and
In the Employee Self
Service section, select
'My Personal Details'
then select 'Workplace
Equity & Diversity'.
Update the relevant fields
in the 'Workplace Equity
& Diversity' section and
save any amendments.
For example, if you are of
or Melanesian heritage
you would select the
Under 'Update Disability
Information' the disability
code search tool will list
a number of categories.
Select the category that
If you don't have a
disability, select the 'No
CDF Gen David Hurley wants to bust
the myth within Defence that if you
seek help for mental health issues it will
negatively impact your career.
In a video address for ADF Mental
Health Day on October 10, Gen Hurley
asked members to think about the real
impact of not gaining assistance.
"I'd like to challenge the misconcep-
tion within our organisation that seeking
help with mental health-related issues
will limit your future career options,"
"Let's think about this matter in
terms of risk. What is the risk to your
career if you don't get help? What is the
risk to your long-term health, your safe-
ty, and what is the risk to your family
and your mates? Some people who don't
get help may reach breaking point, with
no control over where or when -- what
are the risks then?"
CDF said members needed to weigh
up the possible consequences of doing
"To my mind, to not take action or
seek assistance for mental health con-
cerns as early as you can runs a greater
risk of affecting your ability to do your
job and, as a result, affecting your future
career prospects," he said.
"Seeking help will help you be
healthy and when you're healthy you
reduce the risk of damaging the things
that really matter."
The theme of this year's ADF Mental
Health Day, which coincides with World
Mental Health Day, is the link between
healthy living and good mental health.
ADF members are being encouraged to
recognise that link and reflect on their
own mental health and that of their col-
leagues through a range of activities
being held until October 31.
These include command-led activi-
ties on bases, ships and selected deploy-
ments to help promote open discussion
of mental health issues, the causes,
symptoms and services available.
As well as the CDF's video address,
members are encouraged to view the
2013 ADF Mental Health Day Fighting
Fit video, which tells the story of four
ADF members who have experienced a
significant and life-changing event that
physically and psychologically impacted
To view the videos, or for more information on
ADF Mental Health Day, visit http://intranet.
Personnel asked to add their cultural background information
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