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Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health Deployment Health Surveillance Program

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The following studies were part of a series of studies commissioned and funded by the Department of Defence that aimed to research the health and wellbeing of Australian Defence Force (ADF) veterans who have deployed on active service overseas. It was conducted by the then Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health (CMVH) as part of the Deployment Health Surveillance Program (DHSP).

CMVH InterFET PEACE—Pilot Project International Force East Timor

The purpose of the InterFET Pilot Program was to design and test the proposed methodology for the subsequent projects in the DHSP.

The Near North Area of Influence studies

The Near North Area of Influence studies comprise the following studies:

  • CMVH Defence Deployed Solomon Islands Health Study
  • CMVH Defence Deployed Bougainville Health Study
  • CMVH Defence Deployed East Timor Health Study

CMVH Defence Deployed Solomon Islands Health Study

The Solomon Islands Health Study is the first study in the research program.

The overall aim of the Solomon Islands Health Study was to examine whether the health of the veterans who deployed to the Solomon Islands differs from similar Defence Force personnel in several key areas:

  1. Mortality and cancer;
  2. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD);
  3. General Health; and
  4. General Lifestyle Factors.

Solomon Island Reports

CMVH Defence Deployed Bougainville Health Study

The aim of the Defence Deployed Bougainville Health Study was to conduct an investigation of the health status of all ADF personnel who deployed to Bougainville between November 1997 and August 2003 as part of Operations BEL ISI I & II, relative to an appropriate comparison group who were ADF members at the time, but did not deploy on these operations.

CMVH Defence Deployed East Timor Health Study

The aim of the East Timor Health Study was to conduct an investigation of the health status of a random sample of Australian Defence Force serving and ex-serving members who deployed to East Timor between June 1999 and May 2005 on Operations FABER, SPITFIRE, WARDEN, TANAGER, CITADEL and SPIRE, relative to an appropriate comparison group who were ADF members at the time, but did not deploy on these operations.