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.
The study examined the long-term effect of peacekeeping on the mental and physical health status, health service use and quality of life of veterans who had transitioned out of full-time service.
The study found that 65% of peacekeepers reported they were in good, very good, or excellent health. However, 30% of peacekeepers had at least one diagnosable mental health condition.
The research provides a better understanding of the long-term pathways to care and usage of health care services for peacekeepers.