15 June 2010

ADF launches $12 million health study

Today the Australian Department of Defence launched the Military Health Outcomes Program, or MilHOP, which is said to be the most extensive health study ever undertaken by DoD in its Deployment Health Surveillance Program.

Costing $12 million over five years, the four MilHOP studies include the Prospective Study, Census Study, the Health and Wellbeing Study and a Mortality and Cancer Incidence Study.

"For the first time, the government and Defence will have the information needed to support the development of evidence-based policy and targeted health programs designed to support Australian Defence Force members and their families cope with the impact of operational deployments," said Minister for Defence Personnel Alan Griffin (who is also Minister for Veterans' Affairs).

In addition to personnel who will be deploying as part of current operations in the Middle East in 2010 and 2011, more than 25,000 veterans will be invited to participate in the study. Participation in the studies will in no way affect entitlements or benefits now or at any point in the future.

MilHOP is a partnership between Defence and the Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health (CMVH), a consortium of the University of Queensland, the University of Adelaide and Charles Darwin University, and is funded by the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs.

The study is scheduled to be completed by 30 June 2012. For further information on the study go here.

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