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Health research

  • A review of Operation Life workshops cover image.
    Overview: As part of the Government response to the 'Independent Study into Suicide in the Ex-service Community', DVA commissioned the Australian Institute of Suicide Research and Prevention to undertake a review of the Operation Life Suicide Awareness workshops to ensure they were evidenced based.
  • Allostatic load - a review of the literature cover image.
    Overview: The report summarises the concepts of homeostasis, allostasis and allostatic load, how chronic stress leads to allostatic load, and examples of the physical and mental conditions which correlate with allostatic load.
  • Analysis of the Lifecycle Package: final report for the DVA lifecycle review. 13 July 2012.
    Overview: Final report for the Analysis of the Lifecycle Package project undertaken by the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (ACPMH).
  • Australian Government Mental Health Lifecycle Package Study to Improve Treatment Options for Hard to Engage Clients - final report
    Overview: This document is the final report for the government's Mental Health Lifecycle Package Study into Improving Treatment Options for Hard to Engage Clients.
  • Australian Gulf War Veterans’ Follow Up Health Study cover
    Overview: The Australian Gulf War Veterans’ Follow Up Health Study is a longitudinal cohort study of the health and wellbeing of Australian veterans of the First Gulf War (1990 to 1991). The study assesses Gulf War veterans’ health and wellbeing 20 years after deployment.
  • Overview: The research into British nuclear testing investigated the health effects of the testing on participants in Australia.
  • Cover: Epidemiological Cut-Off Feasibility Study
    Overview: This project was commissioned to add to the field of research arising from the Mental Health in the Australian Defence Force: 2010 Australian Defence Force Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing Study (MHPWS).
  • Evaluation of the in-home telemonitoring for veterans trial cover page
    Overview: The final report of the evaluation of the In-Home Telemonitoring for Veterans Trial
  • NRCET report cover image.
    Overview: The aim of the study was to investigate the potential for exposure of sailors to contaminants via drinking water during the Vietnam War. On Navy ships and Army small ships, potable water was produced from evaporative distillation of surrounding estuarine water.
  • Overview: This study focuses on how families are faring at two of the major stages of a military career: during service, and in the first years after the transition to civilian life. An additional focus is how differing types of family members are faring — spouses/partners, adult children and parents.
  • Cover page of the Firefighter Chemical Review Report
    Overview: DVA has commissioned an independent ADF Firefighter Chemical Review (April 2018) to develop toxicological profiles for 132 chemicals listed as contaminants within the RAAF Base, Point Cook former fire training area.
  • cover page of the Firefighter Literature Review Report
    Overview: The two most recent Australian Defence Force Firefighter occupational health research studies are now available.
  • Fourth study of mortality and cancer incidence in aircraft maintenance personnel
    Overview: Results from the fourth study of mortality and cancer incidence among F-111 Deseal/Reseal personnel, commissioned by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, were released on 17 October 2016 by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
  • Overview: On 5 May 2016, DVA commissioned Occupational, Environmental and Public Health Medicine Physician Dr Graeme Peel to carry out an independent review of 29 Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) case files and Australian Defence Force (ADF) health records of veterans with occupational exposure to fuel.
  • Australian Gulf War veterans' health study cover - five warships on water.
    Overview: The Australian Gulf War Veterans’ Health Study is the first comprehensive health study of a group of Australian War veterans involved in a single theatre of war.
  • Health Risks and  Occupation as a Firefighter
    Overview: The first piece of research examined Defence service and medical records, and DVA compensation files of 71 former RAAF firefighters by Dr Graeme Peel, an occupational physician with a military background. To support the file review, an international expert, Professor Tee Guidotti, undertook a medical-science literature review examining the occupational health risks for firefighters.
  • Monash University Health Study 2005 - Australian Veterans of the Korean War cover.
    Overview: The Health Study 2005: Australian Veterans of the Korean War is the third and final study in a series of studies of the health of Australian Korean War veterans. The reports for first two studies, the Cancer Incidence Study and the Mortality Study, were released in 2003.
  • Independent Study into Suicide in the Ex-Service Community cover image
    Overview: Independent study by Professor David Dunt - to examine the broad issue of suicide in the ex-service community, including a number of specific cases of suicide over the past three years.
  • The Intergenerational Health Effects of Service in the Military  - cover image of different generations of service people
    Overview: Research protocol report for the study of intergenerational health effects of service in the military.
  • Cancer incidence study cover image.
    Overview: The Cancer Incidence Study compared the rates of cancers among the Korean War veteran population with the rates of comparable cancers among the general Australian male population of the same age.
  • Cover of the publication
    Overview: This is a study of the mortality patterns of Australian Korean War veterans following the Korean War.
  • Mental Health Prevalence and Pathways to Care Summary Report
    Overview: This report summarises the Mental Health and Wellbeing Transition Study methodology, describes the study populations, and presents the key findings from the first two reports of the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme.
  • Cover image: Mental Health Prevalence and Pathways to Care Summary Report
    Overview: This report investigates the prevalence of 12-month and lifetime mental disorders, trauma exposure, suicidal ideation and self-reported mental health symptoms among Transitioned ADF members.
  • Overview: These studies are part of the Military Health Outcomes Programme (MilHOP), a significant body of research commissioned by the Department of Defence to determine the impact of operational deployment on the health and wellbeing of service men and women.
  • Cancer incidence in Vietnam veterans study 2005 - cover image
    Overview: The series of studies, commissioned by the Repatriation Commission, was undertaken in response to a recommendation of the 1997 Mortality of Vietnam Veterans: The Veteran Cohort Study, which was to monitor the mortality of Vietnam veterans and repeat the study after 2000.
  • Cover of the Final Report: Mothers in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO): the health impacts of maternal deployment to an area of operations
    Overview: The Mothers in the Middle East Area of Operations Study identifies health outcomes and psychosocial factors, including resilience, that impact on Australian servicewomen with dependent children who deploy and ways in which could be better supported during and following deployment.
  • Oberon class submarine occupational hygiene project report cover image
    Overview: The final report, Oberon Class Submarine Occupational Hygiene Project, was submitted by the Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health to the Australian Government Department of Defence on 28 February 2006. The study retrospectively developed an exposure profile for the submariners.
  • Image of the cover of Pathways to Care Report
    Overview: This report complements the first report, Mental Health Prevalence, which explored the prevalence of 12-month and lifetime mental disorder in the Transitioned ADF and compared self-reported symptoms in Transitioned ADF with 2015 Regular ADF members.
  • Peacekeepers' health study cover image.
    Overview: This study investigated the health of Australian veterans of deployments on United Nations sanctioned peacekeeping missions to Rwanda, Somalia, Cambodia, Namibia, Western Sahara and East Timor over the period 1989-2002.
  • Overview: This report assesses the physical health of current serving members (regular ADF members in 2015) and Transitioned ADF members (transitioned from regular ADF service between 2010 and 2014) in the following areas: self-reported health symptoms, self-reported doctor-diagnosed medical conditions, respiratory health, injuries, pain, sleep problems, lifestyle risk factors (body mass index, physical act
  • Centre for Military and Veterans' Health. Review of PTSD Group Treatment Programs Final Report. 31 August 2011.
    Overview: The Review of PTSD Group Treatment Programs was undertaken by the Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health (CMVH) to ensure that services offered to clients of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) were evidence-based and met the needs of both older and contemporary veteran cohorts.

Social research

  • Your lives, your needs publication cover
    Overview: A summary of some of the key findings from the 2006 Survey of Veterans, War Widows and their Carers.
  • Exploring future service needs of ADF reservists - cover image with ANU logo
    Overview: DVA commissioned this study in 2011 to gain a better understanding of the experiences of reservists. The field-based component of the study consisted of face-to-face, semi-structured interviews with 39 ADF reservists, primarily from the Army with a smaller number from the Air Force.
  • Overview: This study focuses on how families are faring at two of the major stages of a military career: during service, and in the first years after the transition to civilian life. An additional focus is how differing types of family members are faring — spouses/partners, adult children and parents.
  • Mental Health Prevalence and Pathways to Care Summary Report
    Overview: This report summarises the Mental Health and Wellbeing Transition Study methodology, describes the study populations, and presents the key findings from the first two reports of the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme.
  • Cover image: Mental Health Prevalence and Pathways to Care Summary Report
    Overview: This report investigates the prevalence of 12-month and lifetime mental disorders, trauma exposure, suicidal ideation and self-reported mental health symptoms among Transitioned ADF members.

Research and development

  • Cover: Epidemiological Cut-Off Feasibility Study
    Overview: This project was commissioned to add to the field of research arising from the Mental Health in the Australian Defence Force: 2010 Australian Defence Force Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing Study (MHPWS).

Mental health

  • Overview: This study focuses on how families are faring at two of the major stages of a military career: during service, and in the first years after the transition to civilian life. An additional focus is how differing types of family members are faring — spouses/partners, adult children and parents.
  • Cover image: Mental Health Prevalence and Pathways to Care Summary Report
    Overview: This report investigates the prevalence of 12-month and lifetime mental disorders, trauma exposure, suicidal ideation and self-reported mental health symptoms among Transitioned ADF members.
  • Image of the cover of Pathways to Care Report
    Overview: This report complements the first report, Mental Health Prevalence, which explored the prevalence of 12-month and lifetime mental disorder in the Transitioned ADF and compared self-reported symptoms in Transitioned ADF with 2015 Regular ADF members.

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