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released: 30 Nov 1999 author: Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs & AIHW

This report examines the health issues facing Vietnam veterans and their families. It reports on the medical validation of a number of selected conditions found to have a high prevalence in veterans and their children. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare coordinated the medical validation through disease registers and clinicians with the consent of veterans and their children. This report describes the aims, the methods and the results of this validation process and compares the results with the levels expected within the Australian community. The report also recommends further action in following up the patterns of disease and death in veterans and their children.

ISBN 978 1 74024 018 5; Cat. no. PHE 20; 121pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (203K PDF)
    • Title page and verso
    • Letter of transmittal
    • Contents
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Executive summary (138K PDF)
  • Sections
    • Purpose, organisation and management (139K PDF)
      1. Introduction and background
      2. Purpose of the Validation Study
      3. Study organisation and administration
        1. The Study Advisory Committee
        2. Ethics Committees
        3. Medical Advisory Panel
      4. Structure of this report
    • Design and implementation (209K PDF)
      1. Study design
        1. Data considerations
        2. Selecting the Validation Study population
        3. Conditions selected for the Validation Study
        4. Validation procedures
      2. Survey methods
        1. The survey components
        2. Advertising the Validation Study
      3. Validation methodology
        1. Methodology for validation of conditions and causes of death
        2. Issues relating to the validation of specific conditions
        3. 'New veterans' and 'new conditions'
        4. 'Extra conditions'
        5. Non-respondents and 'not able to be validated' responses
    • Results (162K PDF)
      1. Survey response
        1. Veterans' conditions
        2. Children's conditions
        3. Doctors' response
      2. Validation of conditions
        1. Veterans' conditions
        2. Veterans' deaths since 1997
        3. Children's conditions
        4. Children's deaths
        5. 'New conditions' and 'new veterans'
    • Discussion, conclusions and recommendations (213K PDF)
      1. The Morbidity Study
        1. Data from the Morbidity Study
        2. Community standards
      2. Responses from veterans, their children and validation sources
        1. Veterans
        2. Deaths in veterans
        3. Veterans' children
      3. Validation by sources/technique
        1. The record linkage process
        2. NCSCH and State and Territory cancer registries
        3. Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages and the National Death Index
        4. Clinicians
      4. Non-respondents and 'not able to be validated' responses
      5. Conclusions
      6. Recommendations
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix 1: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Project team (369K PDF)
      • Appendix 2: Study Advisory Committee
      • Appendix 3: Medical Advisory Panel
      • Appendix 4: Initial mail-out package to veterans
      • Appendix 5: First reminder mail-out package to veterans
      • Appendix 6: Second reminder mail-out package to veterans
      • Appendix 7: Apology letter to veterans
      • Appendix 8: Initial mail-out package to veterans' children
      • Appendix 9: Reminder mail out package to veterans' children
      • Appendix 10: Telephone prompting protocol for veterans and children
      • Appendix 11: Doctor mail-out package (324K PDF)
      • Appendix 12: Reminder mail-out package to doctors
      • Appendix 14: Mail-out packages for self-validation by veterans and veterans' children with help from their doctors
      • Appendix 15: Telephone protocol for veterans not reporting all conditions from the Morbidity Study
      • Appendix 16: Calculation of the Australian community standard for colorectal cancer
      • Appendix 17: 'Other cancers' in veterans
      • Appendix 18: 'Other cancers' in veterans' children
      • Appendix 19: Extra body parts in veterans children
    • Abbreviations ( 172K PDF)
    • Glossary
    • References

Recommended citation

Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs & AIHW 1999. Morbidity of Vietnam veterans: a study of the health of Australia's Vietnam veteran community. Cat. no. PHE 20. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 22 August 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467094>.

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