A landmark study of the health of Australian Vietnam Veterans has confirmed they and their children suffer higher rates of serious illness and disease than the rest of the population.
The study, conducted for the Federal Government, has found higher than normal rates of melanoma, prostate cancer, multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease among veterans.
It also found thereis a higher prevalence of spina bifida and cleft lip and palate among veterans' children.
The Veterans Affairs Minister Bruce Scott says he is conscious the report could heighten concerns among the Vietnam veterans community.
The Government has established telephone hotline numbers to counsel any veterans wanting further information about the study.
The numbers are 1800 019 332 for north Queensland, 1800 043 503 for New South Wales and 1800 011 046 for elsewhere.