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There have been a large number of studies investigating the health of veterans. This website only deals with studies with an AIHW involvement or an important link to an AIHW study. This site has information for the following studies and activities:

The Department of Veterans' Affairs website has a more comprehensive list of veterans' studies.

AIHW involvement in veterans' health studies

The Institute has been involved in studies into the health of veterans since 1992. Its role has ranged from managing the project to record matching with the Institute's National Death Index and National Cancer Statistics Clearing House to running a register. Below is a list of the reports for the completed studies or a brief description of the ongoing projects.

Dapsone exposure, Vietnam service and cancer incidence

A report of the investigation of the carcinogenicity of Dapsone in Vietnam veterans.

Mortality of National Service Vietnam Veterans

A report of the 1996 retrospective cohort study of Australian Vietnam Veterans.

Mortality of Vietnam Veterans: the Veteran Cohort Study

A report of the investigation of the mortality experience of the 59,000 Australian males who served in the Vietnam War.

Morbidity of Vietnam Veterans

The Morbidity of Vietnam Veterans study, better known as the Vietnam Veterans Health Study, is the first comprehensive effort by an Australian Government to establish a complete health picture of Vietnam veterans and their families.
The study produced three major reports:

The Vietnam Veterans Health Study also gave rise to a number of supplementary reports:

Mortality Study 2003: Australian veterans of the Korean war

The study compares the mortality rate of the approximately 17,000 Australian personnel who served in the Korean conflict between 1950 and 1954 to the mortality rate of Australians of comparable age.

Cancer Incidence Study 2003: Australian veterans of the Korean War

The study compares the cancer incidence rate of the approximately 17,000 Australian males who served in the Korean conflict between 1950 and 1954 to the cancer incidence rate of Australians of comparable age. These comparisons are restricted to the period 1982-1999 because complete data on cancer incidence in Australia are only available from 1982.

The Health Care Usage and Costs of Veterans and War Widows Project

This study was commissioned by the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA), and compares health care expenditure for veterans who are Gold Card holders with that of the remainder of the community in the same age-sex group. It also looks at factors driving growth in expenditures for both groups in the period 1997-98 to 1999-00.

The study focuses on the major components of DVA health expenditure. These are local medical officer services, specialist services, pharmaceuticals and private and public hospital services. A range of datasets, which measure utilisation and expenditure for each of these components for both veterans and the rest of the community, are analysed.

Study of Health Outcomes in Aircraft Maintenance Personnel (SHOAMP)

The study is being undertaken to further the work of the Royal Australian Air Force Board of Inquiry (BOI) into F-111 (Fuel Tank) Deseal / Reseal (DSRS) and Spray Seal Programs which delivered its report into the safety aspects of the programs in 2001.

The Department of Defence has commissioned the Department of Veterans' Affairs to undertake the study on their behalf. The study is expected to examine the health of up to 2400 current and former RAAF and civilian personnel ("exposed" and comparison populations). Medical data coming from the study will be analysed and reported on by an independent research team from the University of Newcastle under the guidance of a Scientific Advisory Committee. A cancer incidence and mortality study, involving data matching against the exposed personnel will also be completed.

The health study will address the question "Is there an association between adverse health status and an involvement in F-111 DSRS activities? If so, what is the nature and strength of those associations?"

Third Vietnam Veterans Mortality Study and Cancer Incidence in Vietnam Veterans Study

The study investigates the mortality and cancer incidence rate of the approximately 59,000 Australian personnel who served in the Vietnam conflict between 1962 and 1973. The first three reports, Cancer Incidence in Australian Vietnam Veterans Study 2005, The Third Australian Vietnam Veterans Mortality Study 2005 and Australian National Service Vietnam Veterans: Mortality and Cancer Incidence 2005 were released simultaneously in September 2006. Each of the three reports can stand alone as a complete study. However all three should be taken together for a more thorough understanding of the mortality and cancer incidence of this cohort of Australian Vietnam veterans. An Overarching Executive Summary has been produced to assist in understanding the three reports as a whole.

A fourth report, Dapsone Exposure and Australian Service in Vietnam: Mortality and Cancer Incidence investigates whether the anti-malarial drug Dapsone affected mortality and cancer incidence in the Vietnam Veterans.