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Mental health services in Australia 2006-07

Mental health services in Australia 2006-07 is the eleventh in the series of AIHW's comprehensive annual reports on the characteristics and activity of Australia's mental health services, and the availability of mental health resources. Details from a wide range of data sources for the 2006-07 period, and where available 2007-08, are presented, as are changes over time.Expenditure on state and territory mental health services increased by an annual average of 5.6% (adjusted for inflation) between 2002-03 and 2006-07, to $3,040 million. In 2007-08 there were 20 million mental health-related prescriptions subsidised by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (and for veterans), accounting for just over one in ten of all prescription claims, costing over $700 million.

Veterans' use of health services

This report uses linked aged care and Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) administrative data to examine patterns of use of DVA-funded medical and allied health services by DVA gold cardholders aged 70 years and over living in permanent residential aged care, and compare these patterns with those of gold cardholders of the same age and sex living in the community.

Veterans on Community Aged Care Packages: a comparative study

'Veterans on Community Aged Care Packages: a comparative study' presents a profile of Community Aged Care Package (CACP) recipients who were holders of a Department of Veterans' Affairs gold or white Repatriation Health Card and examines the differences between DVA cardholders and other CACP care recipients. Veterans with gold or white cards have access to a wide range of medical, allied health and community care provided by DVA, in addition to assistance that is available to care recipients through their aged care packages. The CACP Program is only one element of the aged care system. This study is the first of a number of projects that will give an insight into the use of aged care and medical services by veterans and how these interact. Information obtained through these projects should provide a useful insight for policy and planning of aged care services for veterans.

Cancer incidence study 2003: Australian veterans of the Korean War

This study was commissioned by the Department of Veterans' Affairs and has investigated the incidence rates of cancer among Australian male veterans of the Korean War between 1982 and 1999 and compared these with the incidence rates over the same period for male members of the general Australian population of the same age.

Mortality study 2003: Australian veterans of the Korean War

This study investigates mortality rates, both generally and for specific causes of death, among Australian male veterans of the Korean War from their last day of service in Korea to 31 December 2000, and compared these with the corresponding rates for general Australian male population of the same age.

Health care usage and costs: a comparison of veterans and war widows and widowers with the rest of the community

The report presents the findings of a study comparing health care use and expenditure for veterans who hold Gold Cards, with the remainder of the community.The study focuses on the major components of Department of Veterans' Affairs health expenditure - local medical officer services, pharmaceuticals, private and public hospital services.

Morbidity of Vietnam veterans: adrenal gland cancer, leukaemia and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, supplementary report 2

This report provides medical validations for three conditions of concern regarding the health of Vietnam veterans and their children - adrenal gland cancer in veterans' children, the four main types of leukaemia in veterans and their children, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in veterans.It is the second supplementary report to Morbidity of Vietnam Veterans: Volume 3 Validation Study and responds to a recommendation of that study that 'cancer of the adrenal gland in veterans' children be further investigated and compared to a derived community standard'. Comparisons have also been made for the four leukaemia types to expand on the total leukaemia comparisons from the study, while the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma comparisons are revisions to those included in the validation report.This report further extends the knowledge about the health of Vietnam veterans and their families.

Morbidity of Vietnam veterans: multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease in Vietnam veterans, supplementary report 3

This report provides medical validations for two conditions of concern regarding the health of Vietnam veterans - multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease.It is the third supplementary report to Morbidity of Vietnam Veterans: Volume 3 Validation Study and fulfils the recommendation in Volume 1 of the study, the survey of male veterans, that the reported rates of multipe sclerosis and motor neurone disease be validated.This report further extends the knowledge about the health of Vietnam veterans and their families.

Morbidity of Vietnam veterans: suicide in Vietnam Veterans' children, supplementary report 1

Analyses suicide patterns among Vietnam veterans' children highlighting time trends, age and sex distribution, location and method of suicide.It is a supplementary report to Morbidity of Vietnam Veterans: Volume 3 Validation Study which recommended that suicide in veterans' children be further investigated and the result drawn to the attention of the Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service.This report extend the knowledge about the health of Vietnam veterans and their families.

Morbidity of Vietnam veterans, executive summary: a study of the health of Australia's Vietnam veteran community

Examines the health issues facing Vietnam veterans and their families. It reports on the medical validation of a number of selected conditions found to have a high prevalence in veterans and their children. The AIHW coordinated the medical validation through disease registers and clinicians with the consent of veterans and their children.

Morbidity of Vietnam veterans: a study of the health of Australia's Vietnam veteran community

This report examines the health issues facing Vietnam veterans and their families. It reports on the medical validation of a number of selected conditions found to have a high prevalence in veterans and their children. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare coordinated the medical validation through disease registers and clinicians with the consent of veterans and their children. This report describes the aims, the methods and the results of this validation process and compares the results with the levels expected within the Australian community. The report also recommends further action in following up the patterns of disease and death in veterans and their children.

Dapsone exposure, Vietnam service and cancer incidence summary

Complements Dapsone Exposure, Vietnam Service and Cancer Incidence with two smaller studies.