17 March 2021
12th ADMM-Plus EWG on Military Medicine Convenes

Bandar Seri Begawan, 17th March 2021 - The 12th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) on Experts’ Working Group on Military Medicine (EWG on MM) took place virtually Wednesday at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas. This was the first meeting conducted by Brunei Darussalam and Australia as co-chairs of the 4th Experts’ Working Group Cycle for 2021-2024.

The meeting was co-chaired by Colonel Dr. Haji Awang Mohd. Hafizul bin Haji Awang Mohd Hassan, Chief Medical Officer of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) as Co-Chair of ADMM-Plus EWG on MM Brunei Darussalam, and Commodore Nicole Curtis, Australia Defence Force, Director General of Operational Health as Co-Chair of EWG on MM, Australia.

The meeting highlighted the lessons learned from the previous EWG on MM cycle and how it can be further expanded under this cycle. In addition, several briefings related to health and safety in the region, including a session on COVID-19 vaccination experiences, were delivered by guest speakers. The meeting also shared the EWG on MM framework for this cycle with the main focus and approach to implementing project-based community medical deployment (PCMD) in one of the selected ASEAN communities according to the ASEAN Standby Arrangements Standard Operating Procedures (SASOP) guidelines to improve the existing health care. The programme under this cycle will also involve the ASEAN Centre for Military Medicine’s (ACMM) as the main instrument that will coordinate and facilitate the inter-operability of the capabilities and abilities of different participating countries during the PCMD.

Since its establishment in 2010, the EWG on MM has been able to strengthen cooperation, inter-operability and coordination among the military medical services of the 18 ADMM-Plus countries as envisaged by the ADMM-Plus leaders.