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ANZAC DAY IS 25TH APRIL 2016

Posted in GUN CONTROL, CRIMINAL JUSTICE & THE HORRORS OF THE ADVERSARIAL SYSTEM!, PERSONAL, PRACTICE, PSYCHIATRY with tags , , , on April 6, 2016 by drjgelb

Anzac Day, 25th April 2016, is a difficult day for many if not most Veterans, especially those whose mental health has been damaged by their military service. Current ADF members whose deployment has caused damage to their mental health may also suffer on or around Anzac Day, even among those not yet diagnosed with a mental health condition. It’s important to know that the day itself is not the only day of increased risk for mental distress, worsened symptoms of mental health disorders & suicide. Many Veterans have reported feeling rising tension & increased unease from the beginning of April or earlier that last until well after Anzac day is over. The “Anzac Day Effect”, as I call it, is actually an example of the well known “Anniversary Reaction”, a peak of distress that commonly occurs on important days such as birthdays, Christmas & wedding anniversaries in the bereaved. In other words, it is normal & expected to be common. What is different, is that this common effect is made more likely and more severe in those Veterans already suffering from a mental disorder like PTSD, where reminders of military service have a more severe impact. Regardless of whether or not you have been diagnosed with a mental disorder, be aware that you and/or your Veteran mates are entering a potentially difficult period and keep an eye out for each other. If you’re worried about yourself or a mate, don’t keep quiet & hope it just passes. Ask yourself or your mate if they’re travelling ok, start a conversation about what you are feeling or about what you’ve read about the tough time that many Veterans go through around Anzac Day. The best medicine for distress around Anzac Day isn’t Alcohol, it’s airing these feelings with trusted people…….Veterans, family, friends or your doctor. Suicide results from hopelessness & involves alcohol 75% of the time. Observing Anzac Day with either no alcohol or by limiting your alcohol intake, together with a willingness to talk and awareness of the increased Anzac Day risks amongst the entire Veteran community, will, not might, save lives. To all Veterans, I wish you a solemn and special Day of remembrance, nostalgia and celebration of our national heroes, past, present & future.

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THE CHIEF OF THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY LAYS DOWN THE LAW ON BULLYING AND HARRASSMENT!

Posted in PRACTICE with tags , , , on June 15, 2013 by drjgelb

Message from the Chief of the Australian Army, Lt General David Morrisson AO, delivered to members of the Army on Thursday 13th June 2013.

Excellent message, long overdue. ADF members are protected by Commonwealth laws guaranteeing them a working environment without discrimination & harassment and certainly without sexual assault or rape. That the chain of command reporting process has consistently failed to ensure timely and appropriate application of the law, has been acknowledged and recommendations have been made to address this issue. Women are not the only victims of cowardly bullies and the loss of highly skilled servicemen and women due to such behaviour or the failure to deal with perpetrators adequately, is impacting heavily on a Defence Force already having difficulties recruiting. The financial costs are also painful as procurement of much needed equipment has had to be delayed to meet the costs of recruiting and training replacements for service personnel who decide to leave and paying compensation. Long term effects on victims can seriously harm their prospects for future employment and can lead to further costs for the Commonwealth in compensation, rehabilitation and retraining costs. In a modern Defence Force, there is absolutely no place for juvenile, attention-seeking or destructive behaviour and a zero tolerance approach is essential. With 19,000 sexual assaults in the U.S. military last year, it is clear that fairly drastic action is required. Australia’s Army Chief is angry because he and others have repeated the message many times with little effect in recent years and he did not expect to have to be as stern as a school principal to make his orders crystal clear.

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Posted in PRACTICE, PSYCHIATRY with tags on December 8, 2012 by drjgelb

A Thoughtful Thank You

Posted in PRACTICE with tags , , , on November 14, 2012 by drjgelb
On 13/11/2012, at 3:22 PM

Dr Gelb
I am writing to commend you on the report that you prepared for the VRB on D’s medical condition of bipolar disorder.
The report is very well written and proves a clear and very accurate summary of the impact that the condition has on D and our family.
It has been a rough road for D but I trust that following consideration of your report, that the Board will now direct that D be compensated appropriately in line with the severity of his condition and its impact on his life.
Thank you very much.
Best wishes
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