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HOSPEX in the antipodes
  1. Gerard Gill1,
  2. P Butt1,
  3. M C Reade1,2,
  4. J Crozier2,
  5. A Williams3,
  6. T Thomas1,
  7. B Flint4,
  8. G Matthews1,
  9. N Duff4,
  10. G Brown1,
  11. A Chambers1,
  12. B Courtenay5,
  13. D Innes1 and
  14. B O Malley1
  1. 13rd Health Support Battalion, Keswick Barracks, Keswick, South Australia, Australia
  2. 2Joint Health Command, Australian Defence Force, Herston, Queensland, Australia
  3. 3Directorate Army Health, Russell Offices Canberra ACT 2600, Russell, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
  4. 42nd General Health Battalion, Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera, Queensland, Australia
  5. 5HQ 5th Brigade, Holsworthy Barracks, Holsworthy, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Lt Col Gerard Gill, Alfred Felton Professor in General Practice in Rural and Regional Victoria, Deakin University, Kardinia Health 2-18 Colac Rd, Belmont, VIC 3216 Australia; gerard.gill{at}


The Australian Army recently adopted the British concept of hospital exercise (HOSPEX) as a means of evaluating the capabilities of its deployable NATO Role 2E hospital, the 2nd General Health Battalion. The Australian approach to HOSPEX differs from the original UK model. This article describes the reasons why the Australian Army needed to adopt the HOSPEX concept, how it was adapted to suit local circumstances and how the concept may evolve to meet the needs of the wider Australian Defence Force and our allies.

  • Military Medicine
  • Patient Simulation
  • Disaster Planning/*organization & administration
  • Hospitals
  • Military/organization & administration

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