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Thursday, 15 January 2009

BEST Grants

Ex-service organisations are advised that applications for the 2009-10 Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grant funding will be accepted from 15 January to 28 February 2009.
BEST is part of the government’s commitment to support the ex-service organisations’ (ESO) pensions and welfare practitioners and advocates and national ESOs that provide administrative and representational support within the veteran and service community. The BEST program provides monetary support to ESO practitioners.
The 2009-10 BEST Application Form, the Guide to Completing the Application Form and the BEST guidelines are now available

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Statements of Principles Updates

At its meeting of 9 December 2008, the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles for:
- alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse (1 & 2 of 2009)
- drug dependence and drug abuse (3 & 4 of 2009)
- accommodation disorder (5 & 6 of 2009)
- Buerger’s disease (7 & 8 of 2009)
- chilblains (9 & 10 of 2009)
- cardiac myxoma (11 & 12 of 2009)

N.B. – This concludes the previously advertised investigations into:
» alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse
» drug dependence and drug abuse
» accommodation disorder
» Buerger’s disease (now known as: thromboangiitis obliterans)
» chilblains
» cardiac myxoma

Decided to advertise the following investigations:
- toxic maculopathy
- eating disorder (focussed review)
- personality disorder (focussed review)
- Gulf War syndrome
- atherosclerotic peripheral vascular disease- carotid arterial disease

The Investigation Notices for these investigations will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 14 January, 2009.

Friday, 9 January 2009

Enhanced Medicare Teen Dental Plan

Expanded Eligibility from 1 January 2009

The Medicare Teen Dental Plan was introduced on 1 July 2008 and delivers on the Government’s election commitment to provide financial assistance to families to encourage teenagers to care for their teeth by having annual check-ups and to maintain good oral health habits once they leave home. Under the program, Medicare Australia provides eligible teenagers (aged between 12 and 17) with a voucher for an annual preventative dental check valued at over $150 per person, per calendar year, indexed annually.

Eligibility for this program was expanded from 1 January 2009 to include teenagers aged 16 to 17 who receive assistance under the Veterans’ Children Education Scheme (VCES) and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme (MRCAETS) clients.

For further information click here