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Friday, 12 December 2008

Changes to Eligibility for Partner Service Pension

Legislation regarding the changes to eligibility for the partner service pension (PSP)
has now been passed by Parliament.

What Does This Mean?
- The changes will not be implemented until 1 July 2009, NOT 1 January 2009 as
previously advised.

- From 1 July 2009, eligibility for PSP for a separated spouse will be paid for a
maximum of 12 months from the date of separation unless you have been assessed
as a member of an illness separated couple or special domestic circumstances
apply. In those cases, PSP will continue to be paid.

- Separated partners will have a full 12 month period from the date of their
separation from the veteran to make alternative financial arrangements, unless they
divorce or enter into a de facto relationship.

- Those who are Age Pension age at the end of the 12 month period will remain
eligible for the partner service pension.

- As is the current situation, couples who are considered to be illness separated will
continue to receive partner service pension.

- Partners in special domestic circumstances also retain the partner service pension.
Special domestic circumstances are where the couple have separated and the
veteran has a psychological or mental health condition recognised by the
Department and there was an unsafe domestic environment for the partner and/or
children prior to separation.
* In order to establish whether special domestic circumstances apply, the
partner (only) will be asked to complete a questionnaire. Where there is
supporting information, this should be included and may include documents
such as police reports or advice from medical practitioners.


- Please note that if the partner and veteran divorce or the partner enters into a
de facto relationship with another person, the partner will lose eligibility and their
payment will be cancelled. If the partner is the de facto partner of the veteran and
they separate, they will lose eligibility for the partner service pension immediately.
This is the current situation and has not been affected by this legislative change.

- The Department of Veterans’ Affairs wrote to all affected partners on 4 December
2008, advising of the new changes to partner service pension.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

2009 Courses

The 2009 program for courses has been approved by the Consultative Committee and is now available. Course Program and Course Nomination Forms are accessible via the links on the right hand side of this page in the Important Links section.

Friday, 7 November 2008

Statements of Principles Updates

At its meeting of 7 October 2008, the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles for:
- rheumatoid arthritis (68 & 69 of 2008)
- personality disorder (70 & 71 of 2008)
- idiopathic thrombocytopaenic purpura (72 & 73 of 2008)
- deep vein thrombosis (74 & 75 of 2008)

Determined Amendment Statements of Principles for:
- cervical spondylosis (76 & 77 of 2008)
- lumbar spondylosis (78 & 79 of 2008)
- intervertebral disc prolapse (80 & 81 of 2008)

Declared not to amend existing Statements of Principles for:
- chronic bronchitis and emphysema (refer to website for copy of declaration)

This concludes the previously advertised investigations into:
» rheumatoid arthritis
» personality disorder
» idiopathic thrombocytopaenic purpura (now know as ‘immune thrombocytopaenic purpura’)
» deep vein thrombosis
» cervical spondylosis
» lumbar spondylosis
» intervertebral disc prolapse
» chronic bronchitis and emphysema

Decided to advertise the following investigations:
- systemic lupus erythematosus (focussed review)
- retinal vascular occlusive disease
- bipolar disorder

The Investigation Notices for these investigations will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 5 November, 2008.

Friday, 10 October 2008

Outreach Forums in Nov / Dec

The Outreach program in South Australia provides information on Department of Veterans' Affairs benefits and entitlements to assist the veteran community in accessing health and other community services. The aim of the program is to promote and maintain self-sufficiency, well-being and quality of life amongst members of the veteran community.
Outreach will be conducting the following forums in November / December:

November 3rd, Naracoorte RSL
11am to 12:30pm- Individual Booked Appointments
2pm to 3pm- Information Session: Planning Ahead
3.30pm to 4:30pm- Individual Booked Appointments

November 4th, Penola RSL
10:30am to 1pm- Individual Booked Appointments

November 5th, Mt Gambier -St Pauls Church Hall, 26 Penola Rd
10am to 11am- Information Session: Home But Not Alone
11:30am to 5pm- Individual Booked Appointments

November 7th, Millicent RSL
9am to 12:30pm- Individual Booked Appointments

December 2nd, Broken Hill RSL
9am to 4:30pm- Individual Booked Appointments

December 3rd, Broken Hill -Anzac Hall, 2 Crystal St
10am to 11am- Information Session: Home But Not Alone


Bookings are essential for the individual interviews.
Please refer to Cathy Key 8290 0363 or Carolyn Conroy 8290 0375.
For further information on Outreach activities click on this link

Friday, 26 September 2008

Changes Ahead for Partner Service Pension

Subject to the passage of legislation, eligibility for the partner service pension will change next year, affecting married recipients below age pension age who are separated, but not divorced from their veteran spouses.
This change will not affect you if you are over pension age. Age pension age is 65 years for males and currently 63 years and 6 months for females.

From 1 January 2009, eligibility for partner service pension will cease 12 months after the date of separation, or the veteran commences a new marriage-like relationship.
A spouse who is a member of an illness separated couple remains the partner of a veteran and therefore does not lose eligibility for partner service pension. Certain assessment criteria need to be met. A couple who are illness separated must be unable to live together in a matrimonial home because of the illness or infirmity of either or both of them. They must continue to have a married or marriage–like relationship, even though they may be living in separate accommodation. For example, if one partner is in residential care, or if separation is as a result of the veteran’s medical condition.
If a spouse and the veteran believe they should be assessed as an illness separated couple, please contact DVA as soon as possible to request a D9157 ‘Statement of Relationship – Couple living separately due to illness’ form

Friday, 19 September 2008

Pension Increases

Pension rates increase effective 20 September 2008. To view a summary of the changes click here

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Statements of Principles Updates

At its meeting of 5 August 2008, the RMA:
determined Statements of Principles for:
- hepatitis B (52 & 53 of 2008)
- hepatitis C (54 & 55 of 2008)
- hepatitis D (56 & 57 of 2008)
- malignant neoplasm of the brain (58 & 59 of 2008)
- fibromuscular dysplasia (60 & 61 of 2008)
- ascariasis (62 & 63 of 2008)
- ancylostomiasis (64 & 65 of 2008)
- animal envenomation (66 & 67 of 2008)

N.B. – This concludes the previously advertised investigations into:
- hepatitis B
- hepatitis C
- hepatitis D
- malignant neoplasm of the brain
- fibromuscular dysplasia
- ascariasis
- ancylostomiasis (now known as 'hookworm disease')
- animal envenomation


Decided to advertise the following investigations:
1. drug dependence and drug abuse
2. ischaemic heart disease (focussed review)
3. multiple sclerosis
4. scleroderma
5. epileptic seizures (focussed review)

The Investigation Notices for these investigations will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 27 August 2008.

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Military Rehabilitation & Compensation Handbook

A new information resource is now available to assist with Military Compensation enquiries.
While there are limited printed copies at DVA offices the most practical way to access the information booklet is through this link;
http://internet-mirror/adf/docs/mcra_booklet_21Jun08.pdf

Mike Armitage
Director Compensation Training
Compensation Policy Group
Department of Veterans' Affairs

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

VRB Contact Details

From Monday 14 July 2008 the administration of South Australia and Northern Territory applications will be done in the Brisbane Registry of the Board. However, local VRB hearings will continue to be held in Adelaide at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Contact details are as follows:
Telephone:
City------ 1300 550 460
Country --1800 550 460
Fax ------07 3220 0041

Address:
GPO Box 349
BRISBANE QLD 4001

Level 8
259 Queen Street
BRISBANE QLD 4000

Monday, 7 July 2008

Statements of Principles Updates

At its meeting of 3 June 2008, the RMA:
determined Statements of Principles for:
- adjustment disorder (37 & 38 of 2008)
- acquired cataract (39 & 40 of 2008)
- haemorrhoids (41 & 42 of 2008)
- sickle-cell disorder (43 & 44 of 2008)
- relapsing polychondritis (45 & 46 of 2008)
- eating disorder (47 & 48 of 2008)

determined Amendment Statements of Principles for:
- cut, stab, abrasion and laceration (49 of 2008)
- bipolar disorder (50 of 2008)
- diverticular disease of the colon (51 of 2008)

N.B. – This concludes the previously advertised investigations into:
- adjustment disorder
- acquired cataract
- haemorrhoids
- sickle-cell disease (now known as sickle-cell disorder)
- relapsing polychondritis
- eating disorders (now known as eating disorder)
- binge eating disorder (now known as eating disorder)

Decided to advertise the following investigations:-
1. acute blepharitis
2. chronic blepharitis
3. anal fissure
4. human immunodeficiency virus
5. conductive hearing loss
6. sensorineural hearing loss
7. metatarsalgia
8. pruritus ani
9. human T-cell lymphotropic virus type-1
10. posterior adventitial heel bursitis
11. acoustic neuroma
12. obstructive nephropathy
13. irritable bowel syndrome
14. conjunctivitis
15. varicocele
16. polyarteritis nodosa
17. Kaposi’s sarcoma
18. malignant neoplasm of the nasopharynx
19. haemochromatosis
20. coeliac disease
21. malignant neoplasm of the cervix
22. acute pancreatitis
23. extrinsic allergic alveolitis
24. internal derangement of the knee
25. photocontact dermatitis
26. contact dermatitis
27. Ross River fever
28. lumbar spondylosis
29. intervertebral disc prolapse
30. alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse

The Investigation Notices for these investigations appeared in the Government Notices Gazette of 25 June 2008.

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Pension Increases

Pension rates increased effective 01 July 2008. To view a summary of the changes click here

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Change in Course Date

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the scheduled dates of the next Mental Health- The Basics course have had to be changed.
This course will now be held on the 19-20 August. Nominations for this course are still open.
Course nomination forms can be downloaded using this link

Thursday, 29 May 2008

VVCS Heart Health Program

Want to improve your fitness and meet new people?

The VVCS Heart Health Program can give you the support you need to make healthy living part of your everyday routine.

The 12 month course will give you skills to:

  • Enjoy regular exercise
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Manage your stress
  • Maintain a healthier and happier lifestyle


The Heart Health Group Program is facilitated by qualified and experienced health professionals. Participants undertake a structured and supervised fitness schedule.

The Modbury program needs a top up of a couple of participants to commence a program and Western, Eastern and Southern areas of Adelaide need more expressions of interest before a program can be requested.

The programs are provided at no cost and are available to all veterans and peacekeepers who meet the medical screening requirements.

Call VVCS to register now!--------1800 011 046*
*Free local call, Mobile phones charged at mobile rates.

Friday, 23 May 2008

CLIK issues with Vista

Numerous compatibility issues with Vista have been reported for the Feb 2008 release of the CLIK CD.
The information provided below may provide some assistance / guidance.
Alternatively, ESO representatives may wish to contact the CLIK Administrator to further investigate installation issues:

National CLIK Administrator
Phone: (02) 6225 4641
Email: CLIK@dva.gov.au

Generally, Vista and CLIK compatibility issues fall into three categories:

1.----64 bit Operating Systems
Vista are now releasing operating systems that are 64 bit.
DVAs IT Support have informed that CLIK (which is a 16 bit program) will not work on PCs that have 64 bit operating systems.
Although not ideal for some, the internet version of CLIK should work on PCs with 64 bit Operating Systems. The internet version also has the advantage of containing more up-to-date information than the CD releases of CLIK.

2. ----User must be logged in with an "Administrator Account"
The following is a report from DVAs IT Support in regards to testing the CLIK CD on a PC that has Vista:

The CLIK CD install worked as I expected on Vista, there are no problems that I could detect. This is what I did:
Installed CLIK on MS Vista with an Administrators account...
1. Ran setup.exe without error, CLIK installed and placed icon on desktop.
2. Ran CLIK from icon and it opened without error.
3. Provided I had a browser open (in this case IE7), the external web links worked.
4. I also ran through many menu items and functions, no errors or problems found... data was displayed as expected.
Installed CLIK on MS Vista with a Standard (i.e., no install privileges) account...
The only difference in this install & test was that when I ran setup.exe, I was asked to run the program as an administrator, which I did. All tests were successful. If I had not opted to run the setup.exe as an administrator, I would not have been able to install CLIK.
My conclusion is that if users are experiencing problems it will be due to their not being administrators on Vista.
The internet version will behave in the same way, as it requires the user to install the Citrix Client the first time they try to access CLIK. All PCs & Laptops with Vista come with an inbuilt administrators account, it's just a matter of the user knowing what it is... and the password.


3. ----Unknown compatibility issues
Several ESO representatives have reported issues with installing CLIK onto a Vista PC, particularly laptops that have Vista. Some of these issues have not been resolved. The following note will be included in the System Requirements part of the CLIK CD Installation Instructions for the next release:
Compatibility issues with Vista have been reported and CLIK may not correctly install on all versions of Vista.

Technical Implications in Producing CLIK for External Use
CLIK is produced primarily for departmental staff. While we do endeavour to produce the CLIK application so that ESO represtatives and the veteran community have access, it is becoming increasingly, technically difficult to produce CLIK to be compatible with all types of PCs and operating systems.

The CLIK team are investigating options for transforming CLIK to be html based which means there will not be compatibility issues with operating systems in the future. However, this project will not be complete for some time.

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

VRB Submission Templates

The VRB's submission templates are a new initiative to be trialled in conjunction with the proposed case appraisal process. It is anticipated that the templates will assist veterans and their representatives to clarify issues of diagnosis, kind of death, medical and other evidentiary matters, thereby expediting the hearing of applications.
These templates will assist all persons preparing cases to go before the board. They will save time and ensure that all relevant information is included.

Click here to go to the Submissions Template web page.

Friday, 16 May 2008

Outreach Forums in June

The Outreach program in South Australia provides information on Department of Veterans' Affairs benefits and entitlements to assist the veteran community in accessing health and other community services. The aim of the program is to promote and maintain self-sufficiency, well-being and quality of life amongst members of the veteran community.

Outreach will be conducting the following forums in June:

June 4th, Yorketown RSL
10am- Information Session: Planning Ahead for Bereavement
11am to 12:30pm- Individual Booked Appointments

June 5th, Moonta RSL
2pm to 4pm- Individual Booked Appointments

June 6th, Wallaroo RSL
10am- Information Session: Services Available to Support Independent Living
11am to 2:30pm- Individual Booked Appointments

June 17th, West Lakes Bowling Club Lakes Sports & Community Club
10am
- Information Session: Planning Ahead for Bereavement
11:30am to 1pm- Individual Booked Appointments

Bookings are essential for the individual interviews please refer to Cathy Key 8290 0363 or Carolyn Conroy 8290 0375.
For further information on Outreach activities click on this link

Monday, 12 May 2008

New Mental Health Website Launch

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has a website dedicated to maximising mental health.
Targeting veterans, their partners, carers, sons and daughters, and current serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, www.at-ease.dva.gov.au enables the user to find:
Information on common mental health conditions, as well as information that takes into account the uniqueness of the veteran experience;
Services that are available to help cope with a mental illness;
DVA mental health news and event information; and
Links to other mental health resources.
Visit www.at-ease.dva.gov.au to find out more.

Thursday, 8 May 2008

Statements of Principles Updates

At its meeting of 18 March 2008, the RMA:
Determined Statements of Principles:
- analgesic nephropathy (29 & 30 of 2008)
- smallpox (31 & 32 of 2008)
- benign neoplasm of the eye and adnexa (33 & 34 of 2008)

determined Amendment Statements of Principles for:
- soft tissue sarcoma (35 & 36 of 2008)

declared not to amend the existing Statements of Principles to:
- chronic lymphoid leukaemia

This concludes the previously advertised investigations into:
- analgesic nephropathy
- smallpox
- benign neoplasm of the eye (now known as 'benign neoplasm of the eye and adnexa')
- soft tissue sarcoma
- chronic lymphoid leukaemia

Decided to advertise an investigations as follows:
1. bronchiolitis obliterans organising pneumonia
2. tension-type headache
3. trigeminal neuropathy
4. malignant neoplasm of the eye

The Investigation Notice for this investigation will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 30 April 2008.

Thursday, 1 May 2008

DVA Fact Sheet Updates

The following DVA Fact Sheets have been updated. To ensure that your Pensions & Welfare Handbooks have the latest information, the existing Fact Sheets should be removed and replaced with copies of the latest version.
Fact Sheets can be accessed and printed from the DVA web site. ( click here )
The Fact Sheets that have been update are:
DVA 06 / FIP 02 / HSV 69 / HAC 05 / MCS 01 / DVA 10 / DVA 11

Thursday, 17 April 2008

VVCS National Newsletter and Group Program Calendars

As part of a national communications strategy, the VVCS has now produced a national newsletter informing about VVCS programs and services.
The first of these quarterly publications is now available. Click Here

In addition to the newsletter there is a calendar of groups and programs available to veterans and families. The Program calendars provide specific information about the various groups.
This information may help you to understand the range of group program services that VVCS offers.
If you have any questions about the information and group programs do not hesitate to contact the VVCS centre through which the program is available. Click Here

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

March Newsletter

The March edition of our newsletter has just be released.
To view the newsletter click here

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Pension Increases

Pensions increased effective 20 March 2008.
To view a summary of the changes click here

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

CLIK CD

The latest copy of the CLIK cd is currently being packaged for mailing.
Pensions Officers should receive their copy by mid April.
If you do not receive a copy, please contact your ESO or TIP.

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Proof of Identity Changes

There are additional requirements that apply to individuals who are certifying copies of documents supplied for proof of identity purposes when making a claim for DVA pensions.

The person who is a certifying the copies must now also provide:
Their business hours address and their business hours telephone contact number.

JPs and Commissioners for Declarations are exempt from the requirement to provide their business address and business phone contact providing that they provide their registration number and the State in which they are registered.

The new requirement is effective immediately.

A full list of individuals who can certify copies of proof of identity documents is available on the CommLaw website: http://www.comlaw.gov.au/ComLaw/Legislation/LegislativeInstrumentCompilation1.nsf/0/5EF7660E40DDD979CA25716B001EE85D/$file/StatutoryDeclar1993.pdf

The most important points for a person certifying copies of documents are:
-the person certifying must be on the list attached to the claim form
-the wording “CERTIFIED TRUE COPY” must be used
-the copy must be signed and dated
-their name and profession or qualification must be recorded
-their business hours address must be recorded
-their business hours contact telephone number must be recorded

You’ll find reference to the complete requirements for certifying copies of proof of identity documents in the DVA Fact Sheet DVA06, Please take time to read this carefully.

DVA Fact Sheets - click here

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Outreach Forums

Outreach and Ian Kelly (DVA Deputy Commissioner) will be holding forums on Tuesday 18th March 2008 on services available to support independent living.

Where: Victor Harbor Town Hall - Coral Street, Victor Harbor
Time: 10am
AND
Where: Goolwa RSL - 1 Cutting Road, Goolwa
Time: 2pm


BOOKED INTERVIEWS
Outreach will also be trialling individual interviews on Friday 28th March

Where: Goolwa RSL - 1 Cutting Rd, Goolwa
Time: 9am - 12pm
AND
Where: Victor Harbor RSL - 7 Flinders Pde, Victor Harbor
Time: 1.30pm - 4.30pm


Bookings are essential for the individual interviews please refer to Cathy Key 8290 0363 or Carolyn Conroy 8290 0375.

For further information on Outreach activities click on this link

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Statements of Principles Updates

At its meeting of 5 February 2008, the RMA:
Determined Statements of Principles:
- diverticular disease of the colon (13 & 14 of 2008)
- drug dependence and drug abuse (15 & 16 of 2008)
- alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse (17 & 18 of 2008)
- benign prostatic hyperplasia (19 & 20 of 2008)
- spasmodic torticollis (21 & 22 of 2008)
- polymyalgia rheumatica (23 & 24 of 2008)
- bipolar disorder (25 & 26 of 2008)
- depressive disorder(27 & 28 of 2008)

N.B. – This concludes the previously advertised investigations into:
- diverticular disease of the colon
- drug dependence or drug abuse (now known as ‘drug dependence and drug abuse’)
- alcohol dependence or alcohol abuse (now known as ‘alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse’)
- benign prostatic hypertrophy (now known as ‘benign prostatic hyperplasia’)
- spasmodic torticollis
- polymyalgia rheumatica
- bipolar disorder
- depressive disorder
- substance induced mood disorder (incorporated into bipolar disorder and depressive disorder SOPs).

Decided to advertise investigations as follows:
-1. chronic bronchitis and emphysema

The Investigation Notices for these investigations will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 5 March 2008.

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Changed Arrangements for DVA Front Office

If you have visited DVA recently you will have noticed some changes to the DVA front office and the ground floor.

The latest stage in these changes is an improvement to the way that DVA deals with enquiries to the front counter. The front counter is the Veterans’ Service Centre and to provide a better service to those making enquiries there is an important new option. This is especially attractive if you don’t like waiting in a queue to see somebody.

From now, you can ring DVA and request a booked appointment time. DVA will accommodate the requested time as best as possible. This system of booked appointments has been high on the list of requested changes from customer feedback.

Friday, 8 February 2008

DVA Minute: Definition of Voluntary Work

Important information regarding voluntary work and Special Rate pension has been released. Please read below.

SUBJECT: CLARIFYING THE DEFINITION OF VOLUNTARY WORK FOR POLICY PURPOSES AND ITS IMPACT ON THE SPECIAL RATE PENSION

Purpose

To clarify the nature of voluntary work and the effect on Special Rate Pension.

Voluntary Work: Definition

The agreed definitition of voluntary work for policy purposes is ‘unpaid work for a recognised community or welfare organisation’. Unpaid work for family, friends, or a business enterprise formed for the purposes of making a financial profit is not classified as voluntary work.

Voluntary Work: Policy

Under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA), the Repatriation Commission has a general policy approach that voluntary work does not have the same pressure or stress that is inherent in paid employment and should therefore be discounted when assessing a person’s eligiblity for the Special Rate Pension.
Unpaid work for a not-for-profit organisation or ex-service organisation will generally constitute voluntary work.
However, in each case, the Delegate must be satisfied that the work is voluntary and does not affect the Delegate’s assessment of the veteran’s incapacity for paid work. Circumstances that may indicate that the case warrants further investigation include:
· The work shows characteristics of remunerative work, such as:
· It involves set hours and workload: Voluntary work usually allows the person to work flexible hours at their own pace. When a person is performing remunerative work, the employer sets time and pace parameters that the person must meet;
· Profit is being made from the work undertaken from the veteran (even if the veteran isn’t being paid);
· Work of that kind would usually be paid (eg there are other people working in the same position and being paid).
· The work appears to indicate that the veteran may be able to undertake remunerative work. Indicators may include:
· The veteran is working excessive hours1 in the voluntary work;
· The voluntary work involves duties that would have been undertaken in the veteran’s last paid work.

NOTE: There is no defined upper limit to the hours of voluntary work a person may undertake, and the hours worked in voluntary work are not linked at all to the eight-hour limit imposed on remunerative work. A high number of hours in voluntary work is not on its own an indication that the veteran is able to work in remunerative work.

Contact
Any queries regarding policy on voluntary work under the VEA should be directed to Veterans’ Compensation Policy Section in the ACT location.

SIGNED
Sean Farrelly, National Manager, Compensation Policy
31 January 2008

Friday, 25 January 2008

Annotated SRCA Edition

ESOs may receive a letter from SoftLaw Community Projects offering an 'Annotated SRCA 8th Edition' for $99.
Unless you have someone specialising in SRCA / MCRA & doing a lot of claims, it is suggested that you hold off buying this publication.
The next update of CLIK will meet the needs of most.

Monday, 14 January 2008

Statements of Principles Updates

At its meeting of 11 December 2007, the RMA:
Determined Statements of Principles:
- malignant neoplasm of the urethra (1 & 2 of 2008)
- cut, stab, abrasion and laceration (3 & 4 of 2008)
- posttraumatic stress disorder (5 & 6 of 2008)
- cholelithiasis (7 & 8 of 2008)

Determined Amendment Statements of Principles:
- diabetes mellitus (9 & 10 of 2008)
- hypertension (11 & 12 of 2008)

N.B. – This concludes the previously advertised investigations into:
- malignant neoplasm of the urethra
- cuts, stabs, abrasions or lacerations (now known as 'cut, stab, abrasion and laceration')
- post traumatic stress disorder (now known as 'posttraumatic stress disorder')
- cholelithiasis
- diabetes mellitus
- hypertension

Decided to advertise investigations as follows:
1. gout
2. subarachnoid haemorrhage

The Investigation Notices for these investigations will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 9 January 2008.

SoPs can be viewed by clicking on this link

Thursday, 10 January 2008

Mental Health - The Basics

Our first course for 2008, Mental Health - The Basics, will be run on 30-31 January.
Vacancies still exist for this course if you wish to nominate. Click here for a nomination form.

** Mental Health - The Basics **
Essential mental health skills are provided with sessions covering mental health & wellbeing, the impact of military service on mental health, transition & adjustment issues, choosing the right mix (drugs & alcohol), grief loss & bereavement, and stress management.
The VVCS provides expert presenters for this course.

Friday, 4 January 2008

New Dates for BEST Grants

The lodgement dates for the 2008-09 round of BEST grants have changed. Applications will now be open from 1 February to 15 March 2008.

For more information click on this link

Thursday, 3 January 2008

Statement of Principle Changes

At its meeting of 16 October 2007, the RMA:
Determined Statements of Principles:
- cirrhosis of the liver (107 & 108 of 2007)
- external bruise (109 & 110 of 2007)
- opisthorchiasis (111 & 112 of 2007)
- clonorchiasis (113 & 114 of 2007)
- sarcoidosis (115 & 116 of 2007)
- presbyopia (117 & 118 of 2007)
- otosclerosis (119 & 120 of 2007)
Determined Amendment Statements of Principles:
- loss of teeth (121 & 122 of 2007)

N.B. – This concludes the previously advertised investigations into:
- cirrhosis of the liver
- external bruises & external contusions (now known as 'external bruise')
- opisthorchiasis
- clonorchiasis
- sarcoidosis
- presbyopia
- otosclerosis

Decided to advertise investigations as follows:-
1. chronic rhinosinusitis
2. chronic sinusitis
3. eating disorders
4. cervical spondylosis (focussed review)
5. fibrosing alveolitis
6. soft tissue sarcoma (focussed review)

The Investigation Notices for these investigations appeared in the Government Notices Gazette of 14 November 2007.

SoPs can be viewed by clicking on this link