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released: 17 Oct 2016 author: AIHW

Between 1974 and 2000, the Royal Australian Air Force undertook a series of formal Deseal/Reseal (DSRS) programs, alongside informal repair activities, to correct fuel leaks inside the fuel tanks of F-111 aircraft. A number of concerns were raised about health outcomes in personnel who worked on these programs and associated activities. The repair work was suspended in 2000, and a series of inquiries and health studies followed. This report presents the findings of the fourth iteration of a series of studies on mortality and cancer incidence of F-111 DSRS personnel. The report will be a valuable resource for policy makers, program managers and health professionals interested in health outcomes of Australian Defence Force personnel.

ISSN 2205-4855 (PDF) 1039-3307 (Print); ISBN 978-1-74249-956-7; Cat. no. CAN 98; 119pp.; $16

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
      • Key findings
    • In brief
      • What is the purpose of this study?
      • How was the study conducted?
      • What are the key findings of this study?
      • What are the limitations and is further work needed?
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 Purpose and structure
      • 1.2 F-111 fleet and maintenance programs
      • 1.3 Health concerns and inquiries
      • 1.4 Studies into health outcomes
    • 2 Methods
      • 2.1 Data sources
      • 2.2 Constructing the data sets from available data
      • 2.3 Data linkage and privacy
      • 2.4 Comparative analysis methods
      • 2.5 Understanding the results and key findings of the comparative analysis
    • 3 Fourth MCIS: results
      • 3.1 Cancer incidence
      • 3.2 Mortality
      • 3.3 Comparison with Australian male population
    • 4 Third MCIS Update: results
      • 4.1 Cancer incidence
      • 4.2 Mortality
    • 5 Discussion
      • 5.1 Cancer incidence
      • 5.2 Mortality
      • 5.3 Limitations
      • 5.4 Potential for further work
    • 6 Conclusions
  • End matter
    • Appendix A: Methodology and technical notes
      • A1 Overview of the fourth Mortality and Cancer Incidence Study
      • A2 Scope
      • A3 Available data
      • A4 Constructing the analysis data sets
      • A5 Data linkage
      • A6 Data analysis methods
      • A7 Data storage and record retention
      • A8 Privacy principles
      • A9 Ethics approval
    • Appendix B: Data sources and classifications
      • Data sources
      • Classifications
    • Appendix C: Detailed results of the 4th MCIS
    • Appendix D: Detailed results of the 3rd MCIS Update
    • Appendix E: Comparison between Mortality and Cancer Incidence Studies
    • Appendix F: Firefighters
    • Glossary
  • References
  • List of tables
  • List of figures
  • List of boxes

Recommended citation

AIHW 2016. Fourth study of mortality and cancer incidence in aircraft maintenance personnel: a continuing study of F-111 Deseal/Reseal personnel 2016. Cancer series no. 99. Cat. no. CAN 98. Canberra: AIHW.

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