AIHW Board AIHW senior staff Annual report Capability statement Collaboration Customer care charter FOI - freedom of information Indexed list of files Conferences & events Organisation chart Presentations Privacy of data Public consultation Public Interest Disclosure Strategic Directions 2011-2014 Tenders
By category Ageing, disability & carers Families & children Hospitals Housing & homelessness Indigenous Australians Population groups Risk factors, diseases & death Services, workforce & spending
By subjectAdoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular health Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases
Chronic kidney disease Chronic respiratory conditions Deaths Dementia Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition Health indicators Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Injury Life expectancy
Male health Mental health Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Data Publications Contact AIHW
Publications CatalogueOrdering publicationsForthcoming publicationsOnline reportsRate our publication effectivenessSubscribe to release notices
By subject Adoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular health Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases Chronic kidney disease
Chronic respiratory conditions Corporate publications Data linkage Data standards Deaths Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition General practice Health indicators Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Indigenous housing
Injury Life expectancy Male health Mental health services Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Subjects Data Contact AIHW
About AIHW data METeOR - metadata online registry Data by subject Catalogue of holdings of AIHW data Customised data analysis request Data governance framework Data linking Data standards Privacy of data
By subject Aged care Alcohol and other drugs Alcohol data sources Body weight data sources Cancer Children's headline indicators (CHI) National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse Chronic disease indicators Deaths
Disability Expenditure FHBH - Fixing houses for better health General practice (GP) data Hospitals Height and weight data sources Indigenous Australians International collaboration Maternity Information Matrix (MIM)
Medical indemnity Mental health National indicator catalogue National core maternity indicators (NCMI) Risk factors statistics Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) Tobacco data sources Workforce
In other sections Subjects Publications Contact AIHW
AACR ACFADD AHSAC AIHW Board AIHW Ethics Committee CKDMAC AODTS NMDS WG CMAG CSDWG CVDMAC HEAC HHIMG
IGIHM JJ RIG MHISSC NAGATSIHID NCIAG NCSIMG NDDWG NDIMG NHISSC NIAG NIRAPIMG NMDD
NMDS NMHPSC NOPSAD NPDDC NPHEP NPHIC PCDWG PDWG PHIDG PHIG REDWG Workforce committees YIAG
Education worksheets Infographics What's in the pipeline Subscribe to education notices Other educational links
Worksheets by subject All Latest Ageing Australia's health Australia's welfare Carers
Children & youth Disability Disease Drugs
Health Health prevention Indigenous Australians Injury
In other sections Subjects Data Publications Contact AIHW
Job vacancies How to apply for a position at the AIHW Conditions of employment Benefits of working for the AIHW Indigenous temporary employment register Temporary employment register Occupational Training Program Contact the People Unit Graduates
AIHW Access magazine Media releases Subscribe to release notices Media FAQ Media contacts
You are here:
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.
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.
A report of the investigation of the carcinogenicity of Dapsone in Vietnam veterans.
A report of the 1996 retrospective cohort study of Australian Vietnam Veterans.
A report of the investigation of the mortality experience of the 59,000 Australian males who served in the Vietnam War.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.