An Australian Veteran is a person (or deceased person) who has:
In relation to service pension eligibility, 'veterans' includes those that are a commonwealth veteran, an allied veteran or an allied mariner. While veterans are uniquely positioned in that they have funded access to many health care services depending on their ‘white’ or ‘gold’ card status, they still experience complex health issues that have an effect on their access to palliative care.
Although less likely than the general Australian population to have cancer and chronic conditions, veterans are also affected. Importantly, rates of these conditions can vary depending on deployment history e.g. Vietnam war veterans have higher rates of some cancers and neurological conditions compared to the Australian general population. Trauma associated with being a veteran can also influence access to palliative care. This may include social and mental health issues such as PTSD as well as physical injuries that have occurred in service.
Barriers to accessing palliative care services may arise due to the complex nature of their trauma. Further complexities may arise when a veteran identifies with other oppressed groups. This overlapping may cause unique barriers leading to more complex issues.
To find out more about Veterans and palliative care visit the ELDAC website and the Australian Government Department of Health Exploratory Analysis of Barriers to Palliative Care - Issues Report on Veterans.
This information was drawn from the following resources:
Last updated 02 August 2021