Australasian Military Medicine Association is an independent, professional
scientific organisation of medical and allied health professionals.
Rear Admiral Jenny Firman
AMMA Patron
RADM Jenny Firman completed her medical degree from University of Melbourne in 1981. While a student she joined the Royal Australian Navy and over the next 22 years was posted to a range of positions that included sea time and involvement in underwater medicine and, in the tri-Service environment, developing strategic and operational health policy. She left full time Service in 2002 and transitioned to the Reserve and was appointed as the first Chief Medical Officer for the newly created Defence Force Recruiting organisation. In 2008 she was appointed as Director General – Navy Health Reserve and performed that role until 2012. In February 2015 she was promoted to Rear Admiral and appointed as Surgeon General Australia Defence Force Reserve. In her civilian working life she is the Principal Medical Adviser in the Office of Health Protection in the Department of Health. In this position she is responsible for the provision of medical and scientific advice to assist in the work of the Department and the Australian Government in communicable disease control and health emergencies. This has included the national response to pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza, the Japanese tsunami and radiation leak, Ebola, the current Zika outbreak, global problem of antimicrobial resistance as well as advice on the national immunisation program.
GP CAPT Geoff Robinson
Group Captain Robinson joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1981 as a Nursing Officer having completed his Registered Nurse training at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and then worked in the civilian health sector prior to joining. After initial officer training he was posted to 3 Hospital at RAAF Richmond followed shortly after by a three and half year posting to 4 Hospital, Butterworth; Malaysia. During this period he worked mostly in the operating theatres, his Nursing speciality. On return from Malaysia he completed postings at Richmond, East Sale and Laverton and Point Cook before attending RAAF Staff College in Canberra, 1997. During these years he completed a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) at Monash University. Following Staff College, he became Staff Officer to Head Strategic Command which became the first of a number of out of category positions both as a Wing Commander and Group Captain. Positions such as Staff Officer to Head Collins Submarine Sustainment Program, Director Personnel (J1) HQ Joint Operations Command and the Senior Rebasing Officer and Project Director at Al Minhad Airbase, United Arab Emirates have contributed significantly to his career advancement and genuine love of the Air Force. During his posting to Joint Health Command, Canberra he also became the Director of Defence Force Nursing, the first male to have attained this position. From there he was appointed as the Director of Personnel in HQ Joint Operations Command, Chief of Staff at the Centre for Military and Veterans Health and Staff Officer to Commander Joint Health Command. He is passionate about his nursing specialty and retains membership of the Australian College of Nursing and the Australian College of Health Service Management. In his 34 year career thus far, he has been deployed on a number of operations including both Gulf Wars and immediately following the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in Banda Aceh, Sumatra. He holds a Nursing Services Cross conferred in the 1996 Queens Birthday Honours list, a CDF Commendation and United States Navy Unit Commendation. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), Graduate Diploma of Management, Diploma of Administration and an Advanced Certificate in Vocational Training Systems. Group Captain Robinson has held two command positions during his career. The first being Commanding Officer of No 3 Combat Support Hospital located at RAAF Base RICHMOND and he was appointed as Officer Commanding Health Services Wing in January 2013 and held this position until 5 February 2015. Group Captain Robinson retired from the Air Force on 10 March 2015, however, has transferred to the Air Force Specialist Reserves and remains with Health Services Wing in that capacity to undertake project work. The Wing provides Expeditionary Health support to aerospace operations both nationally and internationally as well as training all health specialties for their operational and aeromedical duties. The Wing also supports joint and coalition operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Group Captain Robinson retains an interest in wood working, fishing, scuba diving and travel. He has 2 adult children and 2 wonderful grandchildren.
Dr Nader Abou-Seif
Vice President
Dr Nader Abou-Seif was Foundation Vice President of AMMA from June 1991 to May 1995 before becoming President and serving from June 1995 to October 2000. Currently Dr Abou-Seif is Vice President and Conference Convenor of AMMA and has held the latter role in 20 of AMMA’s conferences from 1992 – 2014. He served in the permanent RAAF until 1990, and has since continued his involvement with the RAAF Reserve. He is now a Member and the Australian Head of Delegation at Air and Space Interoperability Council – Aerospace Medicine Group.
Dr Greg Mahoney
Past President
Greg is a conjoint senior lecturer at the Centre of Military and Veterans Health at the University of Queensland, where he undertook his PhD in dental risk in the military environment. Greg has a number of published papers on dental casualty rates in the military, the role of the dental officer in the Australian Defence Force, and dental caries and lifetime fluoridation exposure.
Dr Andrew (Andy) Robertson
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Military and Veterans' Health
Dr Andrew (Andy) Robertson is the Deputy Chief Health Officer and Director, Disaster Management, Regulation and Planning within the Public Health Division in the Western Australia Department of Health (WA Health). With specialist qualifications in Public Health Medicine and Medical Administration, he served with the Royal Australian Navy from 1984 until 2003, including completing three tours to Iraq as a Biological Weapons Chief Inspector with the United Nations Special Commission in 1996 and 1997. In October 2003, he took up the position of the Director, Disaster Preparedness and Management in WA Health. In December 2004, he led the Australian Medical Relief team into the Maldives post-tsunami, managed WA Health’s response to the 2005 Bali Bombing, led the WA Health team into Indonesia after the Yogyakarta earthquakes in June 2006 and worked as the Radiation Health Adviser to the Australian Embassy after the Fukushima nuclear incident in 2011. Since 2007, he has coordinated the WA Health responses to Cyclone George, the Varanus Island gas explosion, the Ashmore Reef incident, the public health system aspects of the H1N1 2009 pandemic, and the 2011 CHOGM meeting. In 2015, Andy was promoted to the position of Commodore and Director-General Health Reserves - Navy.
Dr Janet Scott
Janet has been an active member of the Army Reserve for over 25 years and has served operationally in Bougainville and East Timor. She is currently posted to Joint Health Command, but has had a wide range of postings in staff and command postings. She is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in private practice in South Australia and has a keen interest in risk management and medical ethics. Apart from serving on AMMA Council, she sits on several other panels involving complaint resolution and professional indemnity and also on the Defence Reserves Association She enjoys long distance walking, gardening and dress making in her spare time.
Dr Peter Hurly
Council Member
Rachelle Warner
Council Member
Miss Rachelle Warner is a toxicologist and environmental risk assessor educated at the University of Sydney and RMIT University in Melbourne. Her career within Defence has included Senior Departmental Liaison Officer to the Minister for Defence, Director of the Defence Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, occupational medicine, personnel operations in Army and HQJOC, and Commissions and Boards of Inquiry for CDF. Rachelle is a CBRN Medical Officer who has lectured on Toxic Industrial Chemicals on this course and on Injury Prevention and Risk Assessment at the ADF PTI School. Rachelle also has some experience in international and operations law, including as an adviser to Defence regarding health threat assessments of new weaponry. She is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Adelaide Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies under Prof Sandy McFarlane and A/Prof Susan Neuhaus studying the effects of deployment on the reproductive health of ADF veterans. Her research interests are broad - she was an associate investigator on the Jet Fuel Exposure Syndrome Study and has previously studied the effects of jet fuel and noise on the central auditory nervous system, the effects of prenatal exposure to toluene on foetal development and the genotoxic and mutagenic effects of herbal medicines.
Ian Young
Council Member
Commander Ian Young BSc, MD, CCFP, FRACGP, FRACS, FAOrthA, RAN Frankston Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Commander Ian Young is currently serving in the Royal Australian Navy as an Orthopaedic Surgeon with the Maritime Operational Health Unit (MOHU) based out of Sydney. To maintain his surgical and clinical skills, CMDR Young works full-time as a consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Frankston Hospital. He is the Professional Liaison Officer for Surgeons in the Navy. His civilian roles include Deputy Director of Surgery, Adjunct Senior Lecturer for Monash University, Supervisor of Orthopaedic Training and member of the Victorian Trauma Committee. CMDR Young served as the Director of Clinical Services for the ANZAC Role 2E Hospital in Taji, Iraq in 2016. He has also served as an Orthopaedic Surgeon in the NATO Role 3 Hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2012 and in the Netherlands Role 2E Hospital in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan in 2010. CMDR Young has deployed in non-combat roles to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Bougainville and Australia.