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released: 20 Feb 2009 author: AIHW media release

In 1977, the Royal Australian Air Force commenced a series of Deseal / Reseal (DSRS) programs on the fuel tanks of F-111 aircraft. These programs were implemented to correct fuel leaks inside the F-111 fuel tanks. A number of concerns were raised about health outcomes in personnel who worked on these programs.This report builds on previous findings from studies on mortality and cancer incidence of personnel who worked on the DSRS programs. The report will be a valuable resource for policy makers, program managers and health professionals interested in health outcomes of military personnel.

ISSN 1039-3307; ISBN 978 1 74024 866 2; Cat. no. CAN 41; 22pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary
    • Title page and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
  • Body section
    1. Introduction
      • Background
      • The programs
      • The RAAF Board of Inquiry
      • SHOAMP studies
      • Statistics presented in this report
    2. Results
      • Cancer incidence, standardised comparison with Australian males
      • Mortality, standardised comparison with Australian males
      • Mortality and cancer incidence, comparative analysis between the exposed and comparison groups
    3. Discussion
      • Sources of bias
      • Cancer analysis
      • Mortality analysis
      • Conclusion
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      1. Methods
        • Existing data
        • New data
        • Statistical analysis
        • Additional analysis
      2. Statistical tables
    • Glossary
    • References

Recommended citation

AIHW 2009. Third study of mortality and cancer incidence in aircraft maintenance personnel: a continuing study of F-111 Deseal/Reseal personnel 2009. Cancer series no. 45. Cat. no. CAN 41. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 20 February 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468215>.

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