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All veterans

Intergenerational Health Effects of Service in the Military – Research Protocol
Research protocol report for the study of intergenerational health effects of service in the military

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Korean War veterans

Health Study 2005: Australian Veterans of the Korean War
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. The three studies constitute a major study program of health in this Australian veteran population and represent one of the most comprehensive investigations of health ever conducted in an entire veteran group.

Health Study 2005: Australian Veterans of the Korean War was prompted by recommendations from the first two studies concerning the need for a general health survey of Australian Korean War veterans. The study compared surviving male Korean War veterans with a group of men of similar age who were resident in Australia at the time of the Korean War but who did not serve in Korea.

Korean War Veterans' Mortality Study 2003
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The Mortality Study 2003: Australian Veterans of the Korean War report has been released by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs. This research study of Australian male veterans of the Korean War was prompted by concerns from the Korean War veteran community that their death rates, particularly those due to heart disease, diabetes, prostate and other cancers, respiratory illnesses and renal failure were higher than the Australian male population, and that this increase was due to their service in Korea. 

Korean War Veterans Cancer Incidence Study (Hosted on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's website)
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The Cancer Incidence Study 2003: Australian Veterans of the Korean War was initiated by the Australian Government in May 2001. 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. 

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Vietnam veterans

Mortality of Vietnam Veterans Study
A report of the 1996 retrospective cohort study of Australian Vietnam Veterans.

Mortality and Cancer Incidence in Australian Vietnam Veterans Studies
The following three reports in a series of studies of mortality and cancer incidence in Australian Vietnam veterans were released on September 5th 2006. A fourth report in the series, Dapsone Exposure and Australian Vietnam Service: Mortality and Cancer Incidence, was released on 26 September 2007:

Vietnam Water Contamination Study
The aim of the study was to investigate the potential for exposure of sailors on Australia's Navy ships and Army small ships to contaminants in drinking water produced from evaporative distillation of estuarine waters during the Vietnam War.

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Other service groups

Australian Gulf War Veterans' Health Study
The health study was initiated in July 1999 to compare the health of Australians who served in operations in the Persian Gulf in 1991 to other members of the Australian Defence Force and the wider community.

The study was released in March 2003 and information on the actions taken in response to the recommendations was published in August 2004 

Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests in Australia
The findings of the Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests in Australia Study were released in June 2006 and are presented in two volumes: Dosimetry 2006 and Mortality and Cancer Incidence 2006.  

Review of SAS Veterans' Health Concerns
The Report of the Expert Panel to Review SAS Veterans’ Health Concerns was initiated by the Government in December 2002 to identify and document exposures of concern arising through Special Air Services (SAS) operational skills enhancement and training, and to examine their possible adverse effects. The Expert Panel was also asked to consider the need for further research and whether any particular matters should be drawn to the attention of the Repatriation Medical Authority (RMA). 

Younger veterans’ transitions to civilian occupations: the role of further education (2013) (PDF version 4.36 MB) (Word version 2.76 MB)
National Institute of Labour Studies, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

The project analyses the educational choices made by Australian Defence Force (ADF) veterans. It studies the success of their subsequent labour market outcomes, compared to those who returned to the ADF after training, and compared to the broader group of civilians who undertook the same type of training, and with whom they will be competing in the civilian labour market. The project aims to provide young veterans with information on their future labour market prospects arising from investments in further education through Vocational Education and Training (VET).

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