Overview

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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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

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

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

Men 18–34 who ever served in the ADF are less likely to be current or former smokers than those who have never served

In 2014–15, 9 in 10 people who have served in the ADF had consulted a GP in the last 12 months

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