.

.
.
**
**

Monday, 20 December 2010

"touchbase" pilot program











The touchbase pilot program provides separating and separated ADF members with information on useful topics and links to a range of resources.

The key elements of the touchbase pilot program are the touchbase website and e-newsletter.


touchbase website
The touchbase website is an information portal where you and your family can access information and links to resources on a wide range of topics, from jobs, sports clubs and hobbies through to fitness, wellbeing and counselling.

touchbase is available to all ex-service members, whether you’ve recently separated from the ADF or you’ve been out for some time.
Partners and other family members of ex-service personnel are welcome and encouraged to also access the benefits provided by touchbase.


Visit www.touchbase.gov.au for more information, and to subscribe to the touchbase e-newsletter.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

New fact sheets available

Three new Fact Sheets are now available-

HAC08  The touchbase pilot program
HSV98   At Ease
HSV99   The Right Mix

Fact sheets can be access from the DVA web site Fact Sheet library.  link

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Overseas Travel Vaccinations for Gold Card Holders

Gold Card holders travelling overseas have not been entitled to be vaccinated under current DVA arrangements. While many vaccinations are not compulsory, vaccination is considered to be the most effective method of preventing infectious diseases.
As a whole of Government approach to preventative health and wellness, DVA will pay for overseas travel vaccinations provided within Australia for Gold Card holders from 01 August 2010.

Procedure

Approved medical practitioners administering the overseas travel vaccinations can prescribe the clinically required vaccines on an Authority Script.
The medical practitioner will contact the Veterans’’ Affairs Pharmaceutical Advisory Centre (VAPAC) to obtain prior approval on the 24 hour prior approval free call number 1800 552 580.
Claims for Medical Expenses Privately Incurred (MEPI) for overseas travel vaccinations from 01 August 2010 will be processed through VAPAC as per current arrangements for all pharmaceutical MEPI claims.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Wounded Digger website




The Wounded Digger website, an Army initiative, aims to provide serious casualties and their families with a wide range of information on support organisations and benefits.


The site is a directory of information that seeks to provide education, interaction and networking for injured or ill members, their families and other key stakeholders.

www.army.gov.au/woundeddigger/

Thursday, 9 December 2010

CLIK update

CLIK CD users,


The third CLIK CD update, publish date of 30 Nov, is now available for download from the DVA website:

http://www.dva.gov.au/aboutDVA/publications/corporate/clik/support/Pages/update.aspx


Detailed instructions on downloading and installing the update and amendments incorporated in this release are also available on the above webpage.

Monday, 6 December 2010

The Australian Defence Community Forum
Marriott Hotel Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast 3rd & 4th March 2011


Working together to support the needs of the Australian Defence Community: past, present and future.

Target Community
The Australian Defence Community is a diverse group of people, both in age and experience. It consists of all current serving members of the Australian Defence Force and their families, as well as Australian and Allied ex-service men and women and their families living in Australia. Given the diversity of this Community, it has broad, complex and changing needs.

Inputs to the Forum
The point of difference of this Forum is that members of the Defence Community have the opportunity to shape the agenda. In advance of the Forum in March 2011, the Defence Community across Australia are invited to contribute their views and experiences to our online Case Studies.

This feedback will be collated and distributed to the delegates as pre-reading for the Forum, and will form the basis of the concurrent workshops in during the Forum.

Further information     http://www.defenceforum.com.au/

Sunday, 28 November 2010

TIP Office Closure

The TIP office at Blackburn House will be closed from the 29th of November until 6th of December.



Urgent TIP issues should be referred to the TIP Chairman, Dean Ryan

0421 330 939

reachryan@optusnet.com.au

Thursday, 18 November 2010

GST exemption on motor vehicles and parts

Eligible veterans can purchase a motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts exempt of GST.

Click here for further information from the Australian Tax Office

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Statements of Principles Updates

At the meeting of 6 October the RMA

Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:

-poisoning and toxic reaction from plants and fungi - 84 & 85 of 2010
-schistosomiasis - 86 & 87 of 2010
-strongyloidiasis - 88 & 89 of 2010
-Ross River virus infection - 90 & 91 of 2010
-Morton's metatarsalgia - 92 & 93 of 2010
-labral tear - 94 & 95 of 2010
These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions.

N.B. – This concludes the previously advertised investigations into:
-poisoning and toxic reaction from plants [now known as – poisoning and toxic reaction from plants and fungi]
-schistosomiasis
-strongyloidiasis
-Ross River fever [now known as – Ross River virus infection]
-Morton's neuroma [now known as – Morton's metatarsalgia]
-acute labrum tear [now known as – labral tear]

Determined Amendment Statement of Principles (SoPs) for:
-ischaemic heart disease - 96 & 97 of 2010

N.B. – This concludes the previously advertised investigation into:
-ischaemic heart disease

All of the above SoPs will take effect from 10 November, 2010.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Statements of Principles Updates

At the meeting of 6 October, the RMA

Decided to advertise the following investigations:

inguinal hernia
solar keratosis
chronic lymphoid leukaemia
gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
sleep apnoea
erectile dysfunction
malignant neoplasm of the oral cavity, oropharynx & hypopharynx
seborrhoeic dermatitis
asbestosis
ankylosing spondylitis
malignant neoplasm of the prostate
malignant neoplasm of the stomach (broadened, previously advertised focussed review)
chronic myeloid leukaemia (broadened, previously advertised focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of unknown primary site (broadened, previously advertised focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the salivary gland (broadened, previously advertised focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the thyroid gland (broadened, previously advertised focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the breast (broadened, previously advertised focussed review)
acute myeloid leukaemia (broadened, previously advertised focussed review)
myelodysplastic disorder (broadened, previously advertised focussed review)
non-melanotic malignant neoplasm of the skin (broadened, previously advertised focussed review)
cirrhosis of the liver (broadened, previously advertised focussed review)
benign neoplasm of the eye and adnexa (broadened, previously advertised focussed review)
acquired cataract (broadened, previously advertised focussed review)
schizophrenia (broadened, previously advertised focussed review)
cerebral meningioma (broadened, previously advertised focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the cerebral meninges (broadened, previously advertised focussed review)
fibrosing interstitial lung disease (broadened, previously advertised focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the ovary (broadened, previously advertised focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the colorectum (broadened, previously advertised focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the bladder (broadened, previously advertised focussed review)
soft tissue sarcoma (broadened, previously advertised focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the lung (broadened, previously advertised focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the brain (broadened, previously advertised focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the urethra (focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the oesophagus (focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the endometrium (focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the bile duct (focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the gall bladder (focussed review)
acute sprain and acute strain
chronic sprain and chronic strain
patellar tendinopathy
acute rheumatic fever

The Investigation Notices for these investigations will appear in the Government Notices Gazette 3 November, 2010.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

DVA Media Release

VETERANS WARNED OF POTENTIAL SCAMS

Veterans have been targeted by scam-artists claiming to represent the Australian Government, Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Mr Ian Campbell said today.

Mr Campbell said the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) had been made aware of several approaches to members of the veteran community asking for personal information in exchange for new government services such as free electricity or pension benefits. In some cases these people posed as officers from DVA.

“These ‘offers’ are false and my Department is investigating these incidents,” he said.

“Veterans in Queensland and Victoria have been most recently targeted however veterans across the country should be aware of the potential scams.

“I urge the veteran community to exercise caution when asked to release personal details.

- Be cautious about when and to whom you release your personal information.

- If you receive a phone call or letter asking for personal information such as your DVA client number or banking details, do not answer straight away. Contact your nearest DVA office on 133 254 (for metropolitan callers) or 1800 555 254 (for non-metropolitan callers) to confirm the source is legitimate.

“It is disappointing that our veterans are being targeted by these cowardly scams and I encourage members of the veteran community to contact DVA if they have any concerns,” Mr Campbell said.

The Government’s Scamwatch website – http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/ – contains useful information on how to protect your privacy.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Statements of Principles Updates

At the meeting of 4 August 2010 the RMA


Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:

blepharitis - 63 & 64 of 2010
renal stone disease - 65 & 66 of 2010
subarachnoid haemorrhage - 67 & 68 of 2010
acute sprain and acute strain - 69 & 70 of 2010
pilonidal sinus - 71 & 72 of 2010
anal fissure - 73 & 74 of 2010
chronic pruritus ani - 75 & 76 of 2010
heel bursitis - 77 & 78 of 2010
chondromalacia patella - 79 & 80 of 2010
rapidly progressive crescentic glomerulonephritis - 81 & 82 of 2010
These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions.

N.B. – This concludes the previously advertised investigations into:

acute blepharitis [now known as – blepharitis]
chronic blepharitis [now known as – blepharitis]
nephrolithiasis [now known as – renal stone disease]
ureteric calculus [now known as – rental stone disease]
subarachnoid haemorrhage
acute sprain and acute strain
pilonidal sinus
anal fissure
pruritus ani [now known as – chronic pruritus ani]
posterior adventitial heel bursitis [now known as – heel bursitis]
chondromalacia patellae [now known as – chondromalacia patella]
rapidly progressive crescentic glomerulonephritis

Determined Amendment Statement of Principles (SoPs) for:
Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism - 83 of 2010
All of the above SoPs will take effect from 1 September, 2010.



DECLARATIONS

◦ Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism

The RMA decided to publish a Declaration concerning a focussed investigation into "pesticides" with respect to Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism. The Declaration will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 1 September 2010.

N.B. - The publication of this declaration finalises the focussed investigation previously advertised and confirms no change to the existing Statement of Principles concerning Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism, Instrument No. 66 of 2007, determined pursuant to subsection 196B(3) of the VEA. An amendment has been made to Instrument No. 65 of 2007 (Amendment SoP 83 of 2010).

◦ Sarcoidosis

The RMA decided to publish a Declaration concerning a focussed investigation into "dioxins" with respect to sarcoidosis. The Declaration will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 1 September 2010.

N.B. - The publication of this Declaration finalises the focussed investigation previously advertised and confirms no change to the existing Statements of Principles concerning sarcoidosis, Instrument Nos. 115 and 116 of 2007.

Decided to advertise the following investigations:
anosmia
malignant neoplasm of the colorectum (focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the bladder (focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the small intestine (focussed review)
soft tissue sarcoma (focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the stomach (focussed review)
chronic myeloid leukaemia (focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of unknown primary site (focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the salivary gland (focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the thyroid (focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the lung (focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the breast (focussed review)
acute myeloid leukaemia (focussed review)
myelodysplastic disorder (focussed review)
non-melanotic malignant neoplasm of the skin (focussed review)
cirrhosis of the liver (focussed review)
benign neoplasm of the eye and adnexa (focussed review)
acquired cataract (focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the brain (focussed review)
schizophrenia (focussed review)
cerebral meningioma (focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the cerebral meninges (focussed review)
fibrosing interstitial lung disease (focussed review)
malignant neoplasm of the ovary (focussed review)
anxiety disorder (focussed review)
The Investigation Notices for these investigations will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 1 September, 2010.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

TIP Office Closure

The TIP office at Blackburn House will be closed from 16 to 29 August.

Urgent TIP issues should be referred to the TIP Deputy Chairman, Jeff Yates
0412 391 000

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Veterans Service Centres Now Open

Veterans in Victor Harbor, Port Pirie and Port Lincoln in South Australia will benefit from new Veterans Service Centres opened recently in Centrelink offices.

Sites will provide local veterans with easier access to veteran specific information, on the support and entitlements available to them, where a stand-alone DVA office is not viable.

Centres have DVA trained staff and provide access to DVA information. Staff will handle basic inquiries, provide information on benefits and services and accept DVA claims forms. More complex matters will be referred to DVA.

Location details are available on the DVA Website .

An Alice Springs Service Centre is due to open shortly.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Statements of Principles Updates

At the meeting of 2 June 2010, the RMA

determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:

- methaemoglobinaemia (47 & 48 of 2010)
- sinus barotrauma (49 & 50 of 2010)
- internal derangement of the knee (51 & 52 of 2010)
- acute articular cartilage tear (53 & 54 of 2010)
- acute meniscal tear of the knee (55 & 56 of 2010)
- Dupuytren's disease (57 & 58 of 2010)
These SoPs revoke any previously determined SoPs for these conditions.

Declared that the Repatriation Medical Authority (the Authority) does not propose to determine Statements of Principles concerning "Gulf War syndrome". The Authority concluded it is not a 'disease' or 'injury' within the meaning of the VEA. The Declaration will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 30 June 2010.
N.B. – This concludes the previously advertised investigations into:

» methaemoglobinaemia
» sinus barotrauma
» internal derangement of the knee
» acute articular cartilage tear
» acute meniscal tear
» Dupuytren's contracture
» Gulf War syndrome

determined Amendment Statement of Principles (SoPs) for:

- fibrosing interstitial lung disease (59 & 60 of 2010)
- vascular dementia (61 & 62 of 2010)

N.B. – This concludes the previously advertised investigations into:

» fibrosing interstitial lung disease
» vascular dementia

All of the above SoPs will take effect from 30 June, 2010.

decided to advertise the following investigations:
Morton's neuroma
arachnoiditis
dementia pugilistica
physical injury to munitions discharge
chloracne
goitre
aplastic anaemia
dengue fever
porphyria cutanea tarda
inflammatory bowel disease
tinnitus
otitic barotrauma
chronic pancreatitis
pes planus
mesangial igA glomerulonephritis
giant cell arteritis
otitis externa
chronic gastritis
acute lymphoid leukaemia
asthma
adenocarcinoma of the kidney
carpal tunnel syndrome
periodontitis
gingivitis
malignant neoplasm of the anal canal
malignant neoplasm of the bone or articular cartilage
aortic stenosis
psoriasis
familial adenomatous polyposis
colorectal adenoma
artial flutter
dental pulp disease

The Investigation Notices for these investigations will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 30 June, 2010.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

TIP Office Closure

The TIP office at Blackburn House will be closed from the 21st of June until the 4th of July.

Urgent TIP issues should be referred to the TIP Chairman, Dean Ryan  

0421 330 939

reachryan@optusnet.com.au

Monday, 17 May 2010

Statements of Principles Updates

At the meeting of 14 April the RMA:
**determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
- cluster headache (20 & 21 of 2010)
- Alzheimer-type dementia (22 & 23 of 2010)
- dislocation (24 & 25 of 2010)
- reactive arthritis (26 & 27 of 2010)
- non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (28 & 29 of 2010)
- gout (30 & 31 of 2010)
- joint instability (32 & 33 of 2010)
- iliotibial band syndrome (34 & 35 of 2010)

These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions.

N.B. – This concludes the previously advertised investigations into:
» cluster headache syndrome [now known as – cluster headache]
» Alzheimer's disease [now known as – Alzheimer-type dementia]
» dislocation
» Reiter's syndrome [now known as – reactive arthritis]
» non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
» gout
» joint instability
» iliotibial band syndrome


**determined Amendment Statement of Principles (SoPs) for:
- lumbar spondylosis (36 & 37 of 2010)
- intervertebral disc prolapse (38 & 39 of 2010)
- depressive disorder (40 & 41 of 2010)
- anxiety disorder (42 & 43 of 2010)
- spondylolisthesis & spondylolysis (44 & 45 of 2010)

All of the above SoPs will take effect from 12 May, 2010.

- neoplasm of the pituitary gland (46 of 2010)
This amendment, neoplasm of the pituitary gland was determined in accordance with the Specialist Medical Review Council Declaration No.13 dated 25 February 2010. Pursuant to section 196B(13) of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act (1986) the date of effect for this Instrument 46 of 2010 is 10 March 2010.



**decided to advertise the following investigations:
- subdural haematoma
- acute labrum tear
- sarcoidosis (focussed review)
- neoplasm of the pituitary gland (focussed review)


The Investigation Notices for these investigations will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 12 May, 2010.

Friday, 23 April 2010

TAC Refresher

A TAC Refresher course will be held in the Sydney DVA office on 3 June and we are seeking your nominations for course participants.

Your nominees should:
* have undertaken TAC within the period 2003-2007;
* preferably be undertaking matters at the AAT; and
* Have an open and flexible mind.

Nomination form for the 2010 Refresher course

Copy of last year's Refresher program.
While it is expected that this year's course will be similar in content, the Coordinator may make some adjustments depending on who will be attending.

Expenses will be covered by DVA.

Nominations of suitable candidates are to be received at the TIP office by no later than 30th April 2010.
Please note that only nominations accompanied by a completed Nomination Form will be considered.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

The Right Mix: Your Health & Alcohol


In the lead up to Anzac Day, DVA has launched a health promotion campaign in selected local newspapers, encouraging veterans to visit The Right Mix website to identify and manage their level of drinking.

www.therightmix.gov.au

Monday, 12 April 2010

Tribunal Advocacy Course

03 -09 July 2010

We are now seeking ESO nominations for participation in the Tribunal Advocacy Course this year.

The Tribunal Advocacy Course (TAC) is held annually at the University of Canberra. The aim of this tertiary level, live-in course is to train participants in the preparation and presentation of cases before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).
Previous graduates from the course have found that their course preparation and presentation skills have been significantly enhanced by their participation in the course.

Presenters at the course include Professor Hugh Selby from the Australian National University and members of the AAT.
The course coordinator is Ted Harrison, Director Litigation, Business Integrity and Legal Services.

A maximum of 16 participants is selected each year, ideally with a mix of DVA staff and ESO Pension Officers. Accommodation and meals for the duration of the course will be provided at the Pavillion on Northbourne and at the University of Canberra.

Eligibility criteria are clearly outlined on the attached nomination form and the TIP Consultative Committee considers each applicant carefully in light of these criteria.
The selection of participants will be made by the Course Director based on the information given on nomination forms.
All ESO applicants are to be approved by their State TIP Committee.
Where there are multiple nominations from one state, the Committee will rank the applicants in order of merit.

Successful applicants will be notified during May. Course material and prior reading material will be distributed in June.

Nominations of suitable candidates are to be received at the TIP office by no later than 20th April 2010.
Please note that only nominations accompanied by a completed Nomination Form will be considered.

NOMINATION FORM

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Pension Increases

From 20 March, pensions for veterans, war widows and widowers will further rise. This is in addition to the September increases and changes to the indexation system. Single service pensioners will receive an extra $29.20 per fortnight and couples an extra $44 a fortnight. TPI pensions will also go up $47.20 a fortnight.

The changes take effect from pension payday on 25 March 2010 with the first full increase from payday 8 April.

To access the new rates click here

Friday, 19 February 2010

RED TAPE CUT FOR VETERANS AND ADF PERSONNEL

The red tape facing Australia’s most disabled ex-serving personnel accessing income support has been cut in new changes announced today by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Alan Griffin.
Minister Griffin said that from March 2010, veteran pensioners assessed as Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) would be exempt from Centrelink medical reviews to access a Disability Support Pension.
“Since coming to Government we have sought to reduce the barriers facing veterans and injured ex-serving personnel seeking compensation and income support,” the Minister said.
“We established an Interdepartmental Working Group to simplify the bureaucratic maze facing veterans and ex-serving personnel, making it easier for them to access their entitlements and streamlining arrangements across agencies.
“Today’s announcement immediately assists around 1100 veterans on a Centrelink Disability Support Pension and has the potential to benefit many more into the future.
“Currently TPI pensioners undergo repeated Job Capacity Assessments to access and retain their Disability Support Pension. Our TPI pensioners have already been through a rigorous assessment process to access their DVA benefits so making them go through a similar process to access Centrelink benefits is unreasonable.”

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Statements of Principles Updates

At the meeting of 9 December 2009, the RMA determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
- tension-type headache (1 & 2 of 2010)
- herpes simplex (3 & 4 of 2010)
- human immunodeficiency virus (5 & 6 of 2010)
- human t-cell lymphotropic virus type-1 (7 & 8 of 2010)

These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions.
All of the above SoPs will take effect from 13 January, 2010.

N.B. – This concludes the previously advertised investigations into:
- tension-type headache
- herpes simplex
- human immunodeficiency virus
- human t-cell lymphotropic virus type-1


decided to advertise the following investigations:
- rapidly progressive crescentic glomerulonephritis
- myeloma
- spondylolisthesis & spondylolysis (focussed review)

The Investigation Notices for these investigations will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 13 January, 2010.