Strengthening the evidence base for veterans policy

This report forms a baseline for the AIHW’s reporting on the veteran population. This population will be used in ongoing research and reporting into veterans’ health and welfare. The Serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members who have served since 1985: suicide monitoring 2001 to 2019 report will be the first report to include information about this expanded cohort. Future analysis on this population will include research into health service and pharmaceutical usage as well as employment, education and families.

Whilst the population base still does not cover the entire veteran population, it is estimated that this covers around half of the population and will continue to build a picture of the health and welfare of veterans.

Future work will include investigating the possibility of expanding this population to include the entire veteran population.