Sean Parnell, FOI editor From: The Australian November 08, 2010
MORE medics will work in public hospitals and dozens of military clinics will close in a major restructuring of defence health services.
There will also be a greater emphasis on rehabilitation and mental health care.
As operations in Afghanistan become more dangerous and protracted, multi-disciplinary health hubs are being established on home bases and new links formed with state health departments and universities for high-end care, training and research.
Queensland Health has already agreed to set aside an acute care ward at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital for military patients. A military surgical team will be embedded at the facility, and Defence will also fund the appointment of a chair of military surgery at the University of Queensland.
Defence documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws show the ward is being provided as a quid pro quo for Queensland Health being able to use the military surgery team and facilities at Enoggera barracks for public patients.