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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.