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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Online Travel Claims

Eligible MyAccount clients can submit their travel claims online - it is simple, quick and easy.
You can submit up to 10 trips at a time.
For more information visit https://myaccount.dva.gov.au/

Monday, 10 September 2012

DVA Service Coordinator

Younger widows/widowers and dependent children, who have experienced the death of a serving member (or former member)  of the Defence Forces, are able to be assisted by a DVA service coordinator.  Service coordinators provide a single point of contact for accessing support and entitlements through DVA as quickly and easily as possible. Coordinators are also able to assist in liaising with other organisations if required including superannuation companies and Centrelink to name a few. 
 
The South Australian Service Coordinator is Cathy Key who encourages you to contact her on 8290 0432 if you have any queries or know of a family who maybe interested in accessing this service.  Cathy is also able to make contact with families, in cases where a death is imminent and there is likely to be a claim for death related to service.

Further info can be read in this article appearing in the Spring 2011 edition of Vetaffairs.   here

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Veterans Health Week


Veterans' Health Week 2012

Veterans’ Health Week will be held on 22–28 October 2012 and provides an opportunity for veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families to participate, connect and influence the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends.
DVA is partnering with ex-service organisations (ESOs) and community groups to develop a program of fun and interactive VHW activities at a local level.
This year’s focus is on social inclusion—encouraging members of the veteran community to think about the importance of social inclusiveness on their health and wellbeing and consider making positive changes to their lifestyle to live a stronger, healthier and happier life.
For veterans, social inclusion is about welcoming, accepting and including people into social groups and activities.


What is the theme of this years Veterans' Health Week?

This year’s theme is social inclusion—participate, connect and influence. VHW will help to raise awareness of the benefits of social inclusion and promote DVA programs and other types of activities that veterans can participate in to stay connected, while helping others to connect and participate in veteran life.

Can anyone participate?

All members of the veteran and service communities, their friends, carers and families are welcome to participate. This year DVA is hoping that members of the veteran community will make a special effort to come along with friends, family and acquaintances who don’t normally get involved in veteran activities.

How can I get involved?

Invite friends, family and acquaintances and come along to events planned in your local area and take part in the fun. Contact your local VAN office for event details.

Can my organisation host its own event?

DVA encourages ESOs, Day Clubs, Men’s Health Peer Education volunteers and community groups to organise activities throughout VHW.

What resources are currently available to promote VHW?

A VHW logo has been developed, and can be downloaded from this page. This can be included on any materials or information that you develop for your VHW event or activity.

Where can I go for more information?

For more information on planning an event, or to find out what events may be taking place in your area, contact the VHW team at vhw@dva.gov.au or call your local VAN office.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Statements of Principles Updates

At the meeting of 7 & 8 August 2012 the RMA

Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • physical injury due to munitions discharge…......48/2012 & 49/2012
  • aplastic anaemia…..………………… …….…......50/2012 & 51/2012
  • mesangial IgA glomerulonephritis…...................52/2012 & 53/2012
  • deep vein thrombosis..……..…….....……..……...54/2012 & 55/2012
  • pulmonary thromboembolism……….....….……...56/2012 & 57/2012
  • otitis externa…………………………..……...…….58/2012 & 59/2012
  • asthma………………………………….....………...60/2012 & 61/2012
These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions
Determined SoPs for:
  • moderate to severe traumatic brain injury…..……62/2012 & 63/2012
  • concussion………………………………............…64/2012 & 65/2012
Determined Amendment SoPs for:
  • fibrosing interstitial lung disease……….....………66/2012 & 67/2012
These determinations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:
  • physical injury due to munitions discharge
  • aplastic anaemia
  • mesangial IgA glomerulonephritis
  • deep vein thrombosis
  • pulmonary thromboembolism
  • otitis externa
  • asthma
  • traumatic brain injury – this investigation has resulted in the determination of SoPs concerning:
    -moderate to severe traumatic injury
    -concussion
  • fibrosing interstitial lung disease (focussed reviews on (1) smoking & (2) gastro-oesophageal reflux disease)
All of the above SoPs will take effect from 5 September 2012Determined an Amendment SoP for:
  • macular degeneration…………68/2012 - to comply with the direction of the Specialist Medical Review Council (Declaration No. 16)
The Amendment SoP for macular degeneration takes effect from 4 April 2012


Declared that the Repatriation Medical Authority (the Authority) does not propose to determine SoPs concerning:
  • postconcussion syndrome
The Authority concluded 'postconcussion syndrome' is not a 'disease' or 'injury' within the meaning of the VEA. A Declaration will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 5 September 2012 and can be viewed here.

Decided to advertise the following investigations:
  • fibrosing interstitial lung disease 
  • trigeminal neuropathy
  • trigeminal neuralgia
The Investigation Notices for these investigations will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 5 September 2012.

Download the Summary of Changes regarding SoPs 48-68 of 2012 - (pdf-1070KB)