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Tuesday 22 January, 2019
In 2017 the Commonwealth Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) established a four year partnership to develop a profile of the health and welfare of Australia’s veteran population. The program is designed to report on the future needs of veterans and their families to inform government decision making.
The report at the link below was released by AIHW in November 2018 and provides the first snap shot of AIHW’s findings.
The report emphasises the importance of data collection (which has been acknowledged by both sides of parliament in SA with support for data collection projects), and identifies gaps that need to be addressed to develop a complete picture of Australia’s veteran population.
As with all reports of this type, statistical analysis is dependent on definition and perspective and should be treated accordingly. Notwithstanding, the report provides a good deal of information that may assist your deliberations of matters that come before the Council this year.
You can view the report here.