This grant application to the Defence Health Foundation Grants for Medical Research 2017 was for a Booster Grant for funding over a 1 year period and the grant application was approved for funding.
Monash University, with its collaborators, undertook the Australian Gulf War Veterans’ Health Study in 2001-02 (baseline) and 2011-2012 (follow up). Both studies were funded by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA),1-4 and have established a comprehensive physical and psychological health data set that will be used in the data analysis for this project.
The overall aim of this Booster Grant is to investigate longitudinal pathways in the development of physical and psychological disorders in a military/veteran population and interrelationships of physical and psychological health that are of particular importance in defence force and veteran personnel.
The objectives are to investigate whether physical and psychological disorders/conditions at baseline (including musculoskeletal disorders, hypertension, cardiovascular disorders, respiratory conditions, gastrointestinal disorders, chronic fatigue, and psychological disorders (depression, PTSD, and alcohol use disorders) are predictive of the incidence of physical and psychological disorders/conditions at follow up (including other conditions such as sleep disorders and irritable bowel syndrome that were only assessed at follow up).
The research team includes the major investigators on the baseline and follow up studies of the Australian Gulf War Veterans’ Health Study cohort. Additional investigators will provide further expertise in psychiatry in military and veteran personnel and CVD relevant to the physical and psychological outcomes to be investigated.