Veterans—current or former serving members of the Australian Defence Force—and their families are an important population group for health and welfare monitoring. The unique nature of Australian Defence Force service promotes protective factors that can lead to improved health outcomes but also exposes members to risk factors that may lead to poor health during and after their military service.

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Ex-serving males who separate for involuntary medical have higher rates of suicide than males who separate voluntarily

Ex-serving males are around 24% more likely to die by suicide than Australian males

Ex-serving males who separate voluntarily have a similar rate of suicide to Australian males

In 2015–16, 9% of DVA hospitalisations for male patients aged 55 and over were for anxiety disorders

As at 30 June 2017 there were an estimated 165,000 veterans who were DVA clients

In 2009–2010, one-quarter of former ADF peacekeepers reported being very socially isolated while deployed