03 July 2012

Follow-up on Australian Gulf War Veterans Health Study

In 2011 the Monash University Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health (MonCOEH) is undertaking an important follow-up study of the health and well-being of all people who participated in the 2000-2003 Australian Gulf War Veterans’ Health Study. The 2000-2003 baseline study aimed to determine whether the physical and psychological health of Australian veterans of the 1990/1991 Gulf War differed from a comparison group of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel who were not deployed to the Gulf War. That study’s significant findings have been published and presented internationally and have influenced veteran and defence health policy and services.

(Refer to the Australian 2003 Gulf War Veterans' Study Report and Publications List)

The 2011 Follow-up Study aims to assess the longer term physical, psychological and social health and well-being of Gulf War veterans and the comparison group members. The study started on 19th October 2011. Invitation packages are currently being mailed to 3,000 potential participants at a rate of 300 per week until early December, and a remaining 600 invitation packages will be mailed on the 18th January 2012.

To ensure that the research team have up-to-date address details, all participants from the 2000-2003 baseline study are encouraged to contact MonCOEH by email at moncoeh-veteranstudy@monash.edu or phone freecall 1800 729 913. Please provide your full name and date of birth, current mailing address, current phone numbers and email address if available.

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