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Thursday, 30 July 2009

Volunteers required for Memory Loss research

A new study at UniSA’s Nutritional Physiology Research Centre will test the benefits of fish oil on memory and mood in older people.

UniSA researcher Dr Natalie Sinn is looking for volunteers aged 65 or over who are experiencing some memory loss, but do not have dementia, to participate in the study.

Dr Sinn is looking for adults aged over 65 who have been noticing signs of memory loss but who do not have dementia. They can’t currently be taking any fish oil supplements or eat fish more than once a week. For further information phone Dr Sinn on 8302 1757 or Catherine Milte on 8302 1452.

For additional information click here

This study has been endorsed by Dr Simon Spedding, Medical Adviser DVA.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Tribunal Advocacy Course

05-11 September 2009

Potential applicants must complete the application form which includes an endorsement from their authorising ex-service organisation.

Applications will be prioritised by the TIP Chair should there be multiple applications from any State.

TIP Chairs will recommend nominations.

Applications close on Friday 31 July 2009.

Successful applicants will be advised by Friday 7 August 2009.

Application form availaible here

Monday, 6 July 2009

Pension Increases

In line with the July Statutory Increase, certain pensions and allowances will change with effect from 1 July 2009. These changes will be implemented for the payday of 16 July 2009.

The following types of payments and rates will be affected:

-income and assets limits before pension reduces
-income and assets cut-off limits
-gold card income and assets cut-off limits
-deeming thresholds
-MRCA and Defence Act compensation rates


DVA Factsheets containing rates have been updated

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Statements of Principles Updates

At its meeting of 2 June 2009, the RMA -

Determined Statements of Principles for:
- toxic maculopathy (39 & 40 of 2009)


Determined Amendment Statements of Principles for:
- systemic lupus erythematosus (41 & 42 of 2009)
- ischaemic heart disease (43 & 44 of 2009)
- deep vein thrombosis (45 & 46 of 2009)
- eating disorder (47 & 48 of 2009)
- personality disorder (49 & 50 of 2009)
- acquired cataract (51 & 52 of 2009)
- motor neurone disease (53 of 2009)

N.B. – This concludes the previously advertised investigations into:
- toxic maculopathy
- systemic lupus erythematosus
- ischaemic heart disease
- deep vein thrombosis
- eating disorder
- personality disorder
- acquired cataract
- motor neurone disease


Decided to advertise the following investigations:
- diabetes mellitus
- endometriosis
- hypopituitarism
- anxiety disorder – (focussed review)
- depressive disorder – (focussed review)
- Reiter’s syndrome
- symptomatic Epstein-Barr virus infection
- psoriatic arthropathy
- renal artery atherosclerotic disease
- aortic aneurysm
- non-aneurysmal aortic atherosclerotic disease
- varicose veins of the lower limb
- angle-closure glaucoma
- open-angle glaucoma
- adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder
- cluster headache syndrome
- polycythaemia vera

The Investigation Notices for these investigations will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 24 June, 2009.