Veterans—current or former serving members of the Australian Defence Force—and their families are an important population group for health and welfare monitoring. The unique nature of Australian Defence Force service promotes protective factors that can lead to improved health outcomes but also exposes members to risk factors that may lead to poor health during and after their military service.

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Permanent and reserve males are about half as likely to die by suicide as Australian males

Ex-serving males who separate for involuntary medical have higher rates of suicide than males who separate voluntarily

Ex-serving males are around 24% more likely to die by suicide than Australian males

In 2009–2010, one-quarter of former ADF peacekeepers reported being very socially isolated while deployed

In 2015–16, 9% of DVA hospitalisations for male patients aged 55 and over were for anxiety disorders

Smoking rates for people who have served in the ADF were similar to those who have never served