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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Welfare and Compensation Refresher training

Welfare and Compensation Refresher training is now conducted as on-line training via the TIP E-Learning modules.
These courses can be completed at any time throughout the year.

Upon successful completion of the on-line modules, you will be deemed to have completed refresher training.

Normal course nomination process applies.

Monday, 7 November 2011

CLIK and 64 bit Compatibility

Has anything been done to make CLIK compatible with Windows 7?

The simple answer is NO.
CLIK in its current form is not compatible with 64 bit versions of Windows XP, Vista and 7.
There are some methods to overcome this with compatibility mode and also virtual machines, however these are typically not methods for the average computer user and hence have not been tested.
For the moment, CLIK will continue in its current form and existing problems in accessing it are unlikely to be resolved.

DVA has put considerable effort into enabling CLIK to be viewed from the DVA internet site and  providing detailed information about doing so. As this version of CLIK uses Citrix technology it is able to be viewed on most typical computing systems.

A project has been initiated to investigate options for converting CLIK to web format, however it is too early to say how that will go, nor when an outcome can be expected.

Updating to 64 bit Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 will mean a lack of compatibility with the latest CLIK disc being circulated.

Further information contact:
Graeme McElligott (Assistant Director, Technical Support, Knowledge and Documentation Online DVA)
02 6289 6048

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Statements of Principles Updates

At the meeting of 4 October, the RMA:
  • Determinded Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
varicose veins of the lower limb  120 of 2011 & 121 of 2011
(These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for this condition).
  • Determined Amendment Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
neoplasm of the pituitary gland  122 of 2011
cerebrovascular accident  123 of 2011 & 124 of 2011
ischaemic heart disease  125 of 2011 & 126 of 2011

These determinations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:
varicose veins of the lower limb
neoplasm of the pituitary gland
cerebrovascular accident
ischaemic heart disease
All of the above SoPs will take effect from 2 November 2011.
  • Determined not to amend Statement of Principles (SoPs) for:
neoplasm of the pituitary gland (RH)  42 of 2004
This decision was made on the grounds that this SoP was amended (46/2010) on 25 February 2010 in similar terms to the above amendment (122/2011).
A Declaration of the decision will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 2 November 2011.

Download the Summary of Changes regarding SoPs 120 - 126 of 2011
(PDF-1026KB)   

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Understanding Carers Workshop

Still some vacancies available on the Understanding Carers Workshop being run by National Carer Support Services on Monday 7th November.

See the post below for more details

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

"PTSD Coach" Mobile App

Do you have an iPad, iPhone, iTouch or an Android phone?
Then you can get a free app that helps manage PTSD.

The PTSD Coach app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that commonly occur after trauma. Features include:
  • Reliable information on PTSD and treatments that work
  • Tools for screening and tracking your symptoms
  • Convenient, easy-to-use skills to help you handle stress symptoms
  • Direct links to support and help
  • Always with you when you need it
PTSD Coach mobile app iconFree PTSD Coach download from:
iTunes and now also onAndroid Market

NOTE:
This app is developed by the United States National Centre for PTSD.
Further information can be found on the US Dept of Veterans Affairs website
http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/PTSDCoach.asp

Monday, 17 October 2011

A to Z Guide - DVA Website

The DVA website has a new A to Z guide to help you find the information you want.

www.dva.gov.au/atoz_guide/Pages/index.aspx

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Understanding Carers Workshop

   



National Carer Support Service


National Carer Support Services is a national program for the veteran and ex-service community aimed at helping carers to enhance their own health and wellbeing while caring for others.

On Monday 7th November, NCSS will be holding a 'Understanding Carers' Workshop for TIP Welfare Officers.

This workshop raises awareness about the impact of caring for someone with an illness or health condition.
Raising awareness enables the Welfare Officer to consider and suggest appropriate services and supports that might be helpful to the carer and person being cared for.

Details:

Understanding Carers Workshop
Monday 7th November
2pm-4pm
Blackburn House, 199 Grenfell St Adelaide

There are limited positions available for this workshop so let me know asap if you wish to attend.
phil.boys@dva.gov.au      8290 0449

**Please note that there will be NO reimbursement available for travel/accommodation cost to those adding this workshop**

Further information about the National Carer Support Services can be found here www.carersvic.org.au/how-we-help/education/ncss-for-veterans

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

CLIK Update 2011-02

The next CLIK CD update 2011-02, publish date of 04 October 2011, is now available for download from the DVA website.
www.dva.gov.au/aboutDVA/publications/corporate/clik/CD_Downloads/Pages/Updates.aspx

Note that due to the inclusion of CCPS Research Library updates, this CLIK CD update file is much larger than usual and may take a while to download.

Detailed instructions on downloading and installing the update and amendments incorporated in this release are also available from the website
www.dva.gov.au/aboutDVA/publications/corporate/clik/CD_Downloads/Pages/Incorporated_Amendments.aspx

Monday, 10 October 2011

Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week is all about raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing in the wider community.
In 2011 Mental Health Week will run from Sunday 9th October through to Saturday 15th October.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) encourages the veteran and former serving personnel community to look after their own mental health and wellbeing and to provide support to those around them.

Around 20% of Australians will experience a mental health problem at some stage during their lives, and this figure is the same within the veteran community, with 1 in 5 veterans with a gold or white card having at least one accepted mental health condition. Mental health issues have the potential to affect not only the ex-service member themselves, but also their families.

At Ease is the department’s mental health literacy information package. The At Ease mental health suite materials provide information for all veteran cohorts including contemporary veterans and their families about mental health.
Please visit the At Ease website at www.at-ease.dva.gov.au for more information on mental health.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Mental Health and Wellbeing Booklet


This booklet has been designed to provide information and advice for veterans, other former serving personnel, and their families, about mental health and wellbeing following military service.

While the booklet contains information about mental health conditions that will help the reader to recognise any early signs of difficulty and know how to get help, it is also intended for those who are not experiencing mental health difficulties but want to generally improve their mental wellbeing.

To help you maximise your sense of wellbeing, a section is included in this booklet on practical coping strategies that anyone might benefit from if facing difficulties in their lives. This booklet also provides links to other self-help resources, treatment agencies and networks of support for those who recognise they need further help.

It is hoped that the information in this booklet will help you understand the challenges and difficulties you or your family members may be experiencing.

Download the Mental Health & Wellbeing Booklet (4.18MB)
To order a hardcopy of this publication, visit the online order form.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

DVA e-News

DVA e-News   -   Issue 3 is now available here

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Rationalisation of Temporary Incapacity Allowance

The Temporary Incapacity Allowance (TIA) was removed from the Veterans' Entitlement Act 1986 (VEA) from 20 September 2011.
From this date, any veteran or member who has a temporary period of incapacity due to treatment received for a war or defence caused condition will be encouraged to claim the Loss of Earnings (LOE) Allowance.

Loss of Earnings Allowance factsheet

Mental Health Week 2011

Depression and anxiety can affect anyone at any time.
Often people won't talk about how they're feeling because they're worried about what others will think.

Don't let discrimination and stigma stop you, or someone else, getting help.

More about Mental Health Week   here

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Monday, 26 September 2011

Service Delivery Integration (SDI) Grants

Applications for the Service Delivery Integration (SDI) Grant are now open.

SDI Application Kit documents

The key objectives of the SDI grant are to improve the efficiency of delivery of pensions, advocacy and welfare services, to foster a collaborative approach and improve communication between ESOs, and to assist their operations to be sustainable into the future.

The SDI grant provides an opportunity for organisations, regardless of the number and size, which have a common goal in helping veterans and serving members, to avail themselves of this assistance. It will provide an opportunity to review their current arrangements and identify improvements and efficiencies that will ultimately assist them to meet the reduced funding available for BEST Round 14.
The grant is also available to ESOs that are already operating collaboratively as a centre or similar, as well as individual ESOs in regional or remote locations that wish to investigate opportunities for reducing costs and achieving efficiencies in their services.

It is NOT compulsory to apply for an SDI grant.

The Department has written to all BEST Round 13 applicants and National ESO Presidents, providing them with information about the SDI Grants.

More information on the Service Delivery Integration (SDI) Grant is available on this link.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Former POWs receive recognition payment

Special recognition for Australians who experienced the harsh conditions of captivity during the Second World War and Korean War will be provided from today.

http://minister.dva.gov.au/media_releases/2011/sep/va080.htm

Increase to Veteran Pension Rates

From today, some 320,000 veterans, partners and war widows and widowers will now receive increased pensions and income support payments.

http://minister.dva.gov.au/media_releases/2011/sep/va078.htm

Friday, 16 September 2011

Carers

Being a carer can be both physically and mentally demanding.
There are many things a carer can do to maintain their health and avoid injury...

www.dva.gov.au/health_and_wellbeing/Pages/caring.aspx

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

R U OK? Day

Thursday 15 September, 2011 is R U OK?Day.

It’s a national day of action which aims to prevent suicide by encouraging Australians to connect with someone they care about and help stop little problems turning into big ones.

On that day we want everyone across the country, from all backgrounds and walks of life, to ask family, friends and colleagues: "Are you OK?".
Staying connected with others is crucial to our general health and wellbeing. Feeling isolated or hopeless can contribute to depression and other mental illnesses, which can ultimately result in suicide. Regular, meaningful conversations can protect those we know and love.

It's so simple. In the time it takes to have a coffee, you can start a conversation that could change a life.

www.ruokday.com.au

Monday, 12 September 2011

Veterans' Health Week

Veterans' Health Week is from 24-31 October.
See how you can get involved at www.dva.gov.au/health_and_wellbeing/vhw/Pages/index.aspx

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Statement of Principles Update

At the meeting of 2 & 3 August the RMA:
Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
• sprain and strain……………………..……………........ 94/2011 & 95/2011
• malignant neoplasm of the bladder……..…….….…... 96/2011 & 97/2011
• malignant neoplasm of the renal pelvis and ureter...... 98/2011 & 99/2011
• multiple sclerosis…….……………………………..……100/2011 & 101/2011
• renal artery atherosclerotic disease..…………...........102/2011 & 103/2011
• chronic pancreatitis……………………………………...104/2011 & 105/2011
• malignant neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage....106/2011 & 107/2011
• photocontact dermatitis…………………...…………….108/2011 & 109/2011
• irritant contact dermatitis…………………………….….110/2011 & 111/2011
• allergic contact dermatitis………………………….……112/2011 & 113/2011
(These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions)

Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
• patellar tendinopathy…………………………….…114/2011 & 115/2011
• spinal adhesive arachnoiditis…………..………….116/2011 & 117/2011
• anosmia…………………...…………………......…118/2011 & 119/2011

These determinations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:
• acute sprain and acute strain (now known as sprain and strain)
• chronic sprain and chronic strain (now known as sprain and strain)
• malignant neoplasm of the bladder
• malignant neoplasm of the renal pelvis and ureter
• multiple sclerosis
• renal artery atherosclerotic disease
• chronic pancreatitis
• malignant neoplasm of the bone or articular cartilage (now known as malignant neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage)
• photocontact dermatitis
• contact dermatitis (now known as irritant contact dermatitis)
• contact dermatitis (now known as allergic contact dermatitis)
• patellar tendinopathy
• arachnoiditis
• anosmia

All of the above SoPs will take effect from 31 August 2011.
Download the Summary of Changes regarding SoPs 94 - 119 of 2011 (PDF-1.04MB)

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

CLIK Update

The next CLIK update 2011-01-05 (publish date 17 Aug 2011) is now available for download from the DVA website

http://www.dva.gov.au/aboutDVA/publications/corporate/clik/CD_Downloads/Pages/Updates.aspx

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Statements of Principles Update

At the meeting of 14  & 15 June the RMA:
Determined Statements of Principles for:
(These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions).

Determined Amendment Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • malignant neoplasm of the endometrium (RH)....91/ 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the urethra (RH).............92/2011
  • schizophrenia (RH)…….…....…..………….........93/2011
All of the above SoPs will take effect from 13 July 2011.

Determined not to amend Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • malignant neoplasm of the endometrium (BoP)....100/2007
  • malignant neoplasm of the urethra (BoP)…..........2/2008
  • schizophrenia (BoP..…………………..................16/2009
These decisions were made on the grounds that there is no sound medical-scientific evidence available to justify an amendment. A Declaration of the decisions will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 13 July 2011.

These determinations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:
  • retinal vascular occlusive disease
  • acute pancreatitis
  • extrinsic allergic alveolitis
  • diabetes mellitus
  • malignant neoplasm of the endometrium
  • malignant neoplasm of the urethra
  • schizophrenia
Decided to advertise the following investigation:
  • lipodermatosclerosis
The Investigation Notice for this investigation will appear in the Government Notices Gazette 13 July 2011.

Download the Summary of Changes regarding SoPs 83 - 93/2011
(PDF - 1.01MB) (RTF - 104KB)

Introduction to Community Support Advisor's role

Good afternoon

I am writing to introduce myself as the Community Support Advisor within the Department of Veterans' Affairs

My role is to help members of the DVA community to achieve greater access to health and other care services that promote and maintain self sufficiency, well being and quality of life. Part of this role is the
establishment and ongoing care of Day Clubs and Men's Health Programs.

Day Clubs are a community based, weekly program providing social interaction and a range of activities for older people in the community. They are open to both Veterans and non veterans who are generally socially isolated and unable to participate in other activities in their community. They are organised by volunteers who oversee the activities and operation and supported by Ex Service Organisations. They are not for profit organisations.

From time to time we get enquiries fro people living within these areas who would like to avail themself of any programs that may be open to them. Currently within the Western suburbs of Adelaide there are no Day Clubs that DVA are aware of and I would be very interested in speaking to anyone who may think there was a chance of establishing one.

If you would like some more general information about the Day Club program please refer to the following website  www.dva.gov.au/HEALTH_AND_WELLBEING/ACTIVITIES/DAY_CLUBS/Pages/details.aspx

If this is something that you would be keen to pursue or chat about the
possibilities of further please feel free to email or call me.

Kind regards

Linsey Hart
Community Support Advisor
Department of Veterans' Affairs
GPO Box 9998, Adelaide SA 5001
T 8290 0478 1800 555254
E: linsey.hart@dva.gov.au

Monday, 11 July 2011

CLIK CD Update

The next CLIK CD update (2011-04) is now available for download from the DVA website.  here

Friday, 8 July 2011

Vetaffairs June edition

June edition of Vetaffairs is now available for download here

Thursday, 7 July 2011

DAN - Defence Alumni Network

the Defence Alumni Network, a social networking platform for ex-personnel was launched on July 4.

Share stories, pictures and news with those you understand. Keep informed of Defence issues and news through the DAN media centre. Engage with old friends, plan a reunion through groups or learn more about others.

www.dan.gov.au

Friday, 1 July 2011

Men's Health Peer Education

The June 2011 edition of the Men's Health Peer Education magazine is available here

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Bonus scheme offers further incentives for working veterans

From 1 July 2011 additional incentives will apply for veterans, war widows and widowers over the relevant pension age to remain in the work force.

From 1 July 2011, changes to the Work Bonus Scheme will mean that the first $250 per fortnight of income earned by eligible service pensioners, income support supplement recipients and age pensioners paid by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, will be excluded from the income test.
Any unused amounts of the $250 exemption will accrue in a Work Bonus Bank, up to a maximum of $6,500, which can then be used to offset future employment income.
“This Scheme is about supporting members of the veteran community to take-up some paid work or return to the work force, if they choose to, and alleviating concerns about how the extra income will affect their pension,” Mr Snowdon said.
To be eligible, an income support pensioner must be of relevant pension age or over and be receiving employment income. Work can be casual or permanent, part time or full-time or any variation.
Mr Snowdon said the Australian Government is committed to supporting initiatives that improve the financial welfare of Australia’s veteran community.
“The Work Bonus Scheme was one of the improvements the Government made as part of its Secure and Sustainable Pension Reform package introduced in 2009,” he said.
“Paid work is a great way to supplement the pension and also has knock-on social benefits – helping veterans to get out and about and meet new people. I encourage veterans thinking of taking up some paid work, to learn more about how this Scheme can benefit them.”
For more information on the Work Bonus Scheme or the Work Bonus Bank visit the factsheets page on the DVA website

Thursday, 16 June 2011

MEC Health Manual

Defence have released the new 'Health Manual Vol 3 Retention Standards'.

This gives an in depth view of recent changes to the Medical Employment Classification System (MECS) and explains the new MEC codes. This will be of interest to those of you processing MRCA claims.

It can be viewed/downloaded from the Downloads page. (click the Downloads link above)

Monday, 30 May 2011

Dementia Care website

Dementia Care Australia (DCA) is an independent dementia information and education organisation specialising in supporting both people with dementia and their carers; be they family members, professional carers, employers or friends.

Veterans' Health Week 2011









Veterans' Health Week will be held the week of 24 - 30 October 2011 this year.

This year’s theme is building on the strengths of the veteran community – mental wellness. DVA are working in partnership with ex-service and community groups to develop and fund a program of activities.

Like previous years, Veterans' Health Week will encourage the veteran community to consider their health needs and provide suggestions for positive changes to live stronger, healthier and happier lives.

More information available here

Thursday, 26 May 2011

CLIK Update

The next CLIK CD compilation and update, May v.2011-03 available now!
Detailed instructions on downloading and installing the update and amendments incorporated in this release are also available on the web page.

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

More Support for Palliative Care Patients, Their Families and Carers

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler today marked National Palliative Care Week 2011 by announcing an $8.6 million boost to improve palliative care support and services for patients, their families and carers.

National Palliative Care Week (22-28 May 2011) aims to raise awareness about palliative care and the services available to Australians of all ages.

The theme of National Palliative Care Week this year is ‘Let’s chat about dying’ to encourage people to talk to their loved ones about their preferences for end-of-life care and raise community awareness of available services.   more...

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Statement of Principles Updates

At the meeting of 5 & 6 April the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • malignant neoplasm of the nasopharynx….25 & 26 of 2011
  • irritable bowel syndrome…………..…....….27 & 28 of 2011
  • acoustic neuroma…………………..…...….29 & 30 of 2011
  • obstructive and reflux nephropathy...……..31 & 32 of 2011
(These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions).

  • subdural haematoma………………….…….33 & 34 of 2011
(These SoPs are a new condition).

These determinations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:
  • malignant neoplasm of the nasopharynx
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • acoustic neuroma
  • obstructive nephropathy (now known as: obstructive and reflux nephropathy)
  • subdural haematoma
Determined Amendment Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • osteoarthritis……………………………....…..............35 & 36 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the brain…………….....….....37 & 38 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the colorectum……....….......39 & 40 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the lung…………..…............41 & 42 of 2011
  • acute myeloid leukaemia………………….........….....43 & 44 of 2011
  • myelodysplastic disorder………………….........….....45 & 46 of 2011
  • chronic myeloid leukaemia……………………............47 & 48 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the bile duct………................49 & 50 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the gallbladder……................51 & 52 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the breast…………….............53 & 54 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the oesophagus….....….........55 & 56 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the cerebral meninges.…........57 & 58 of 2011
  • cerebral meningioma……………………..…… ............59 & 60 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the ovary……………...............61 & 62 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the salivary gland…............... 63 & 64 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the stomach……….......….......65 & 66 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of the thyroid gland……...............67 & 68 of 2011
  • malignant neoplasm of unknown primary site…. ........ 69 & 70 of 2011
  • non-melanotic malignant neoplasm of the skin.............71 & 72 of 2011
  • soft tissue sarcoma…………………………..….............73 & 74 of 2011
  • benign neoplasm of the eye and adnexa………............75 & 76 of 2011
  • acquired cataract……………………………...................77 & 78 of 2011
  • fibrosing interstitial lung disease…………….................79 & 80 of 2011
  • cirrhosis of the liver………………………….…...............81 & 82 of 2011
All of the above SoPs will take effect from 25 May2011.

Determined NOT to amend Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • malignant neoplasm of the small intestine…...… 40 of 2004 (as amended by 19 of 2010) & 41 of 2004.
This decision was made on the grounds that there is no sound medical-scientific evidence available to justify an amendment. A Declaration of the decision will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 18 May 2011.


These determinations conclude the previously advertised ‘focussed reviews’ of each of the conditions. A summary outlining the RMA’s consideration of ionising radiation can be accessed here. (PDF -414KB)

Decided to advertise the following investigations:
  • fibrosing interstitial lung disease (focussed review)
  • otitis media
  • allergic rhinitis
  • malignant neoplasm of the stomach
  • mitral valve prolapse
  • atrial fibrillation
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • melioidosis
  • morbid obesity
  • restless legs syndrome
  • pleural plaque
  • malignant neoplasm of the colorectum
  • osteomyelitis
  • tinea of the skin
  • malignant neoplasm of the testis and paratesticular tissues
  • hiatus hernia
  • Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • chronic bronchitis and emphysema
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
  • malignant neoplasm of the small intestine
  • malignant neoplasm of unknown primary site
  • malignant neoplasm of the salivary gland
  • leptospirosis
  • epicondylitis
  • cervical spondylosis
  • thoracic spondylosis
  • lumbar spondylosis
  • solvent related chronic encephalopathy
  • peripheral neuropathy
  • sudden unexpected death
  • malignant neoplasm of the pancreas
  • epileptic seizure
  • epilepsy
  • dermatomyositis
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • steatohepatitis
  • narcolepsy
  • malignant neoplasm of the larynx
  • heart block
  • spondylolisthesis & spondylolysis
  • malignant neoplasm of the thyroid gland
The Investigation Notices for these investigations appeared in the Government Notices Gazette of 18 May 2011. A copy of the Gazette notifications can be located here.

Download the Summary of Changes regarding SoPs 25 - 82 of 2011. (PDF-1104KB)

Friday, 20 May 2011

Course cancellation

Please note that the Mental Health Seminar scheduled for 07-08 June has been cancelled.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Scams

The little black book of scams highlights popular scams that regularly target Australian consumers, such as fake lotteries, internet shopping, mobile phones, online banking, employment and investment opportunities. It offers consumers tips on how to protect themselves from scams, how to minimise damage if they do get scammed and how they can report a scam.
Issued by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission


The Little Black Book of Scams

Friday, 6 May 2011

Prisoner of War Recognition Supplement

A new Prisoner of War (POW) Recognition Supplement will provide former POWs with an extra $500 per fortnight in recognition of their special service and sacrifice.

The new supplement will apply from September 2011 and is in addition to current benefits available to former POWs.    more...

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Coordinated Veterans' Care Program (Gold Card holders)










The Coordinated Veterans' Care Program is an enhanced primary and community care initiative that will provide additional support to Gold Card holders with chronic conditions, complex care needs, and who are at risk of hospitalisation.
Through improved community based care, the Program is intended to improve the health of participants by:
  • Providing ongoing planned and coordinated care from your GP and a nurse.
  • Educating and empowering participants to self manage their conditions.
  • Encouraging the most socially isolated to participate in community activities.

 Click here for more information.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Darwin training

The planned training in Darwin for October has been cancelled and a new suite of training is now scheduled for November.
This will incorporate training occurring during the weekend to facilitate those who are unable to attend courses scheduled during the week.
The following training courses will be offered:

18 November - Pension Refresher / MRCA overview
19 November - Welfare Refresher
20 November - Pension Refresher / MRCA overview
21 November - Welfare Refresher

Nomination form for these courses can be downloaded here

Course date change

Please note that the Income Support Seminar scheduled for 19 May has been rescheduled for 26 May.
Places are still available on this course if you wish to nominate.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

'Dents in the Soul' - Dealing with PTSD

Army, in conjunction with the Directorate of Mental Health, Defence Publishing Service and Singer Songwriter Mr John Schumann have produced a DVD designed to address stigma, offer support and raise awareness of the issues surrounding PTSD for Army personnel and their families. Featuring Army members who share their own experiences with PTSD, the DVD supports the important message of ‘look after yourself, your mates and your family.’ 

Find out more

View the video

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Arthritis Accessibility Booklet

Compiled by Arthritis Australia, the Arthritis Accessibility Booklet is a fantastic little information booklet not only for those suffering Arthritis, but also for the older frail members of the community. It has some simple hints about how to go about everyday things with the least exertion on the body.

A pdf copy of the booklet can viewed/downloaded here.

A limited number of printed versions of the booklet are available for distribution amongst the ESO network.
Contact Wendy Rydon at RSL State HQ to obtain copies.  8232 0322

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Statements of Principles Updates

At the meeting of 22 & 23 February the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • dental malocclusion                   (17 & 18 of 2011)
  • rheumatic heart disease             (19 & 20 of 2011)
  • malignant neoplasm of the liver   (21 & 22 of 2011)
These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions.


Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • acute rheumatic fever                  (23 & 24 of 2011)  (new condition)

Determined to revoke and not reissue Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • metatarsalgia                              (39 & 40 of 1996)
A Declaration relating to this decision will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 23 March 2011.


N.B. – This concludes the previously advertised investigations into:
  • dental malocclusion
  • rheumatic heart disease
  • malignant neoplasm of the liver
  • acute rheumatic fever
  • metatarsalgia 
All of the above SoPs and decisions will take effect from 30 March 2011.


Decided to advertise the following investigations:
  • ischaemic heart disease
  • cerebrovascular accident
  • hypertension
  • JAK-related myeloproliferative disorders
  • chronic myeloid leukemia
The Investigation Notices for these investigations will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of  23 March 2011.


Summary of Changes regarding SoPs 17 - 24 of 2011

Monday, 28 March 2011

Radio discussion on PTSD - Web links

For those that may have missed the radio discussion on PTSD mentioned below, the audio files of the interviews can be listened to/downloaded from this link

http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2011/03/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-and-our-soldiers-the-story-from-all-angles.html?site=brisbane&program=612_morning

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Radio discussion on PTSD

Info sent by Bill Watts in Mount Gambier regarding an upcoming radio discussion on PTSD.

Dear colleagues, supporters, family and critics,
I am writing to inform you of a special to be aired live this Thursday, March 24th on 612ABC (Mornings with Madonna King) from 8:30  - 10:30am in which you will hear Ms Louise Ryan, Prof Mark Creamer, other experts and myself discuss the impacts of military service on our families and society in general.
As many of you will know I have been researching this very issue for several years and representing it at State and Federal levels through our research initiatives, training programs, community work and political lobbying. My PhD is a result of this effort.

For those unable to recieve the signal, the podcast will be available via their website on www.abc.net.au
I urge you all to listen in one form or another.


The Families After Trauma Foundation has expressed an intense concern over the lack of acknowledgement from government and military services regarding the impacts military service has on families, particularly the children being raised in these environments and contexts. We have written to the ABC and this special radio discussion is a result. I am highly confident the information broadcast will be of immense interest and benefit to most families with a military history.
Kind regards,


Ken O'Brien
CEO: Families After Trauma Foundation
Principal: Children & Grandchildren of Vietnam Veterans Network (AU)
Consultative Forum Member (VVFHS - DVA) PhD Researcher: Queensland University of Technology
0410 452 836
ceo@familiesaftertrauma.org
www.familiesaftertrauma.org

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

New Online Health Assistance for Ex-Service Personnel

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Wellbeing Toolbox

A new website to provide the ex-service community with access to important health and wellbeing resources.
Confidential online mental health support is now available to ex-service men and women, their families and friends through the Wellbeing Toolbox pilot. The Wellbeing Toolbox is an online self-care resource that has been specially designed to cater for the needs of the ex-service community.

The Wellbeing Toolbox aims to facilitate early intervention for those who may not be travelling too well by providing educative material on six key topics:
- problem solving,
- building support,
- helpful thinking,
- getting active,
- keeping calm, and
- sleeping better.
Each topic is covered in a learning module that contains a series of informative panels and allows users to complete interactive tasks and worksheets. Visitors can choose to work through all six modules or can pick individual modules that are of particular interest to them.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Most people thinking about suicide signal their pain and intentions––they offer us opportunities to respond. This is the prevention opportunity.
Suicide first aid learned in ASIST can help all of us see, hear and respond to these invitations. It prepares us to work with people at risk to increase their immediate safety and get further help.

ASIST applies in everyday situations with family, friends, co-workers or teammates and in professional roles or volunteering.
Become better prepared to:
- recognise when someone may be thinking of suicide
- respond in ways that clarify and address suicide risk
- understand why suicide thoughts are present
- work together to review risk and increase safety
- facilitate links with further help.

Interactive learning is stimulated by teaching and audiovisuals. Small groups increase opportunities for discussion and skills practice. Attendance at both days is essential.


An ASIST workshop is being conducted in Adelaide on 29-30 March.
For further information contact the VVCS on 1800 011 046

Monday, 28 February 2011

Pension Basic course

There are still some vacancies on the Pension Basic course being held 22-24 March.
Get your nominations in if you wish to be on this course.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

BEST Grants

Applications for 2011-12 Round 13 BEST funding

Applications for BEST Round 13 are now open will close on 11 March 2011. It is still expected that the funding for approved grants will be paid in early July 2011.

The 2011-12 BEST Application Form and the BEST Guidelines, which now includes the Guide to Completing the Application Form, can both be downloaded by clicking here.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

CLIK update

CLIK CD users,

The fourth CLIK CD update, publish date of 12 Jan 2011, is now available for download from the DVA website:  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, 31 January 2011

Statements of Principles Updates

At the meeting of 30 November, 2010 the RMA

Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:

coeliac disease.......................1 & 2 of 2011
varicocele................................3 & 4 of 2011
sensorineural hearing loss........5 & 6 of 2011
conductive hearing loss ...........7 & 8 of 2011
Kaposi's sarcoma....................9 & 10 of 2011
polyarteritis nodosa.................11 & 12 of 2011
These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions.

Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
microscopic polyangiitis...........13 & 14 of 2011 - Determination from investigation into polyarteritis nodosa

N.B. – This concludes the previously advertised investigations into:
coeliac disease
varicocele
sensorineural hearing loss
conductive hearing loss
Kaposi's sarcoma
polyarteritis nodosa


Determined Amendment Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
Anxiety disorder............15 & 16 of 2011


All of the above SoPs will take effect from 5 January 2011
A Summary of Changes: SoPs 1 - 16 of 2011 is available to be downloaded.