Assessment of revised recruitment standards for asthma in the Australian Defence Force

Ireland, Renee, Waller, Michael, Mackenzie, Alison, Peake, Jonathan, & Nasveld, Peter (2014) Assessment of revised recruitment standards for asthma in the Australian Defence Force. Military Medicine: international journal of AMSUS, 179(11), pp. 1384-1390.

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To assess the impact of relaxed asthma recruitment standards adopted by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in 2007.


A retrospective audit was conducted on clinical and administrative data for recruits, with and without mild asthma, in their first year of service.


There was no evidence that mild asthmatics experienced worse outcomes than nonasthmatic recruits. Mild asthmatics had fewer illnesses and restricted duty days and were less costly compared to other recruits. There was no difference in the rate of discharge (attrition) between those with and without mild asthma.


The revised recruitment standards for asthma in the ADF have not resulted in unanticipated medical or administrative costs to the organisation. Health and administrative outcomes differed little between mild asthmatics and non-asthmatic recruits in their first twelve months of service.

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ID Code: 73410
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00009
ISSN: 0026-4075
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S.
Deposited On: 07 Jul 2014 22:45
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2017 07:11

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