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Jonathan Lane

Year of Award: 2014 Award State: Tasmania Defence And Security > Defence Forces
Health And Medicine > Mental Health
To improve the psychiatric care of Australian Defence Force veterans through the implementation of policy informed by international best practice in military mental health - USA
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Dr Lane has recently started work taking inpatients at the Hobart Clinic, after having tested the waters with some private sessions in 2015. He also does two days a week in his private practice through the Hobart Clinic’s Murray Street rooms. He completed his Psychiatry Fellowship training in Tasmania, and his previous work includes a significant forensic and military component.

Dr Lane has been in the Australian Army in both full-time and Reserve roles for some 26 years, including a range of general army duties before completing his medical degree and working for the Army as a doctor. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2013 and worked with US Forces there for six months as a part of the mental health team in the main tertiary medical facility in the south of Afghanistan. He is still an active Reservist and works with a range of units around Australia.

He was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to look at mental health programs for military personnel and veterans, which he completed in 2015. As a part of this, he visited various US military and Veterans Affairs treatment facilities to look at a range of inpatient, outpatient, and peer- led group programs for both serving and retired military personnel; he intends to develop similar programs here in Hobart. His primary interests are young adults and the military/veteran population groups.

He continues to have a strong educational focus as well, providing education on mental health and post- traumatic stress disorder to Tasmania Police, the emergency services and of course the Australian Army. He also teaches third and fourth-year medical students at the University of Tasmania. 

Excerpt from “Bringing Knowledge Home” published by the Churchill Fellows Association of Tasmania (2016) 

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