The Courier-Mail

Men­tal health warn­ings

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PRI­VACY rules might have to be re­laxed to en­sure doc­tors and psy­chol­o­gists can alert De­fence if ser­vice­men and women they are treat­ing could pose a risk to them­selves or their col­leagues, an in­de­pen­dent De­fence watchdog has warned.

In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of the Aus­tralian De­fence Force Ge­off Ear­ley has raised con­cerns about the in­abil­ity of some health pro­fes­sion­als to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to De­fence author­i­ties. He said in some cases this had “re­sulted in the pos­si­bil­ity of ad­di­tional risk of ad­verse out­comes for the mem­ber con­cerned, or those around him or her.

“This pos­si­bil­ity has par­tic­u­lar res­o­nance ... con­cern­ing the mem­bers’ fit­ness to han­dle weapons.’’

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