Conclusively presumed conditions

There are certain conditions that we may automatically accept as being related to your Qualifying Service.

Whether we automatically accept the condition depends on:

  • when and where you served, and
  • what the condition is.

There are four types of service that have conditions covered by a Presumptive List. 

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Those who served in the Gulf Conflict

If you served in the Gulf Conflict between 20 December 1990 and 13 April 1991 we'll accept as service-related:

  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • fibromyalgia, or
  • irritable bowel syndrome.

For these to be accepted as service-related you must have had them for over six months.

Those who served in Viet Nam

If you served in Viet Nam between 29 May 1964 and March 1975 we'll automatically accept as service-related:

  • AL-type primary amyloidosis
  • chloracne
  • type 2 diabetes
  • Ischaemic Heart Disease
  • hodgkin’s disease
  • hypertension
  • non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, including hairy-cell leukaemia and other chronic B–Cell leukaemia’s
  • multiple myeloma
  • acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • porphyria cutanea tarda
  • prostate cancer
  • respiratory cancers in the lung, bronchus, larynx, trachea.
  • soft-tissue sarcoma
  • stroke.
Those exposed to nuclear radiation

We accept that you may have unfortunately been exposed to nuclear radiation if you served:

  • as part of the British Occupation Force of Japan between 1946 and 1952 (J Force)
  • on HMNZS Rotoiti as part of Operation Grapple from 15 May 1957 to 8 November 1957
  • on HMNZS Pukaki from 15 May 1957 to 8 November 1957
  • on HMNZS Pukaki from 28 April 1958 to 23 September 1958
  • on HMNZS Otago on 22 July 1973 near Mururoa
  • on HMNZS Canterbury on 28 July 1973.

If you have been exposed to nuclear radiation, we'll automatically accept as service-related:

  • all forms of leukaemia—except for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia
  • lymphomas—other than Hodgkin’s disease
  • multiple myeloma
  • primary liver cancer—except if cirrhosis or hepatitis B is indicated.

We'll also automatically accept—as service-related—cancer of the:

  • bile ducts
  • brain
  • breast
  • bone
  • colon
  • lung
  • bronchioloalveolar carcinoma
  • gall bladder
  • oesophagus
  • ovary
  • pancreas
  • pharynx
  • salivary gland
  • small intestine
  • stomach
  • thyroid
  • urinary tract—renal, ureter, urinary bladder, or urethra.
Former prisoners of war

If you were a prisoner of war—for any length of time—during the Second World War we'll automatically accept as service-related:

  • any of the anxiety states
  • beriberi
  • chronic dysentery
  • cirrhosis of the liver
  • dysthymia
  • heart disease or hypertensive vascular disease and their complications
  • helminthiasis (intestinal vermiform parasites)
  • hypovitaminosis
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • malnutrition (including optic atrophy)
  • organic residual of frostbite or trench foot
  • pellagra and/or other nutritional deficiencies
  • peptic ulcer disease
  • peripheral neuropathy
  • post-traumatic osteoarthritis
  • psychosis
  • stroke and residuals of stroke.