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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

TIP SA Closure

The TIP SA office will be closed from 25 Dec 2014 to 02 Feb 2015.

During this time, important issues related to TIP should be directed to the TIP Chair, John Cadd
0418 842 228
johncadd@live.com.au

Encouraging Volunteers

DVA has developed an Introductory Information Pack to help Ex-Service Organisations provide information to people who may be interested in volunteering to provide pensions and welfare services . 
 
The Information Pack can be downloaded and printed locally so that it can be made readily available to people who may visit the ESO’s premises or for use in other promotional activities.

You can download these packages here

Monday, 15 December 2014

New On-Line Format for CLIK

CLIK is now available in an easier, simpler format. 

For more information...   http://clik.dva.gov.au/

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

DVA Service Arrangements Over Christmas/New Year Period

All DVA offices, including all Veterans’ Access Network (VAN) and Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) offices will close at close of business on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 and will reopen on Friday, 2 January 2015.
While the offices may be closed, veterans and their families can continue to access many of the key DVA services by:
  • phoning VVCS on 1800 011 046 for 24-hour counselling support;
  • visiting DVA’s At Ease mental health portal; and
  • logging in to MyAccount through the DVA website to manage transport bookings and other services.
Other services that will be available include:
  • transport – if transport is not booked prior to the Christmas period, veterans will need to pay up front and seek reimbursement from DVA later. Alternatively transport can also be booked and modified, and travel expenses can be lodged online through MyAccount-DVA’s online services portal. Veterans who are not registered for MyAccount can arrange this prior to the Christmas-New Year period by phoning DVA on 133 254 or visiting MyAccount
  • hospital admissions – doctors can admit DVA patients into hospital and request admissions approval, where required, when DVA re-opens.
  • urgent medical and/or allied health treatment – should proceed as normal, providers can seek retrospective financial approval when DVA re-opens.
  • Defence Service Homes Insurance – help with policy and claim enquiries is available 24-hours a day on 1300 552 662.
It is also important to note that the last pension payday of the calendar year has been brought forward to Monday, 22 December 2014 to allow payments to be received prior to the Christmas Day public holiday. All other pension pay dates will remain the same.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

TIP Training for 2015

The training program for 2015 has been finalised and details can be downloaded using the links above.

The course information document outlines the content of individual courses and prerequisites.

Refresher training for Welfare and MRCA will continue to utilise the on-line eLearning modules, allowing for this training to be completed at any time and at your own pace.
Enhancement training courses in MRCA, SRCA, GARP and SoPs can also be taken using the on-line eLearning modules.

Training is normally conducted at the DVA office in Adelaide or in regional locations as indicated on the Course Calendar.
Additional training outside of the program may be conducted at other locations within the Adelaide area or a regional location, where time and presenter availability permits.
This can be discussed with the TIP Chair, John Cadd 0418 842 228.

Should a critical need for training exist and no appropriate course is available in the SA/NT program, it may be possible to facilitate attendance at a TIP course interstate.
This would be assessed by the TIP Consultative Committee on a case by case basis. This can be discussed with the TIP Chair, John Cadd 0418 842 228.

A nomination is required to attend all training courses (including eLearning courses).
Completed nomination forms should be forwarded to the TIP Admin Support Officer.


‘The Orderly Room’ will continue to be our primary point of information for TIP SA/NT matters and we encourage you to visit this site on a regular basis.
From here you can download TIP course information and forms, catch up on information relating to welfare, pensions and compensation, and view links to important websites.

We look forward to seeing you at a training course in 2015.

Monday, 10 November 2014

An Update from the TIP Chair

NEWSLETTER FOR 2014

Thought I would put a few words on to the web to let you know what has been happening in the training arena for this year.

Training Program - 2014
The program was approved at the meeting of the TCG and advised to all those who have attended training in the past couple of years and also detailed on the web site (and if you are reading this you are on it now).
We have conducted training not only at Blackburn House but also down at the TPI Assn, Colonel Light Gardens RSL, Port Lincoln and Darwin. We did not get to Mt Gambier or back to the Riverland.
The total number of courses conducted was 11 and total trained 81.
Regretfully there were a number of courses cancelled due to insufficient numbers but maybe next year we will see an influx in volunteers wanting to put themselves forward for Compensation/Pension or Welfare courses.

Training Team.
TIP Training is currently conducted by a team of ESO personnel, being Dean Ryan, Jeff Yates, Tich Tyson, Alan Hook and myself, with of course Phil Boys doing all the work to ensure we get to the lectern with all the information we need. 
I would like to thank them for all their time and efforts in putting themselves out there in the service of the veteran community, whether they be ex-service, current serving or DVA staff. I would also like to than a couple of visiting lecturers who have supported us along the way.

National Conference of TIP Chairs.
Conducted in Canberra in late October where a number of decisions were made and discussions held in particular:
·         - Review of Welfare Training Packages.
·         - Review of Advocacy Training, being conducted by Bill Rolfe and his draft report should be available to the Ex Service Organisation Round Table meeting which is to be held in November 2014.
·         - Creating a single storage platform for TIP Courses.
·         - SRCA training package now on-line and available to all (nominations through Phil Boys please)
·         - From DVA, the continuation of the development and trialing of the single claim form and the progress with the MRCA Review, in particular the Single Path of Appeals

Other than that we continue to present to the ESOs a program of training that will help them in their endeavours to assist the veteran community.

I, on behalf of the TIP team, wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you sometime next year

John Cadd
TIP Chair

SA/NT

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Statements of Principles Updates

At the meeting of 1 October 2014 the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • osteomyelitis……………..……………………...90/2014 & 91/2014
  • malignant neoplasm of the lung…………...…..92/2014 & 93/2014
  • leptospirosis..……………………..………..……94/2014 & 95/2014
  • malignant neoplasm of the breast………...…...96/2014 & 97/2014
  • osteoporosis………….……………..................98/2014 & 99/2014
  • rotator cuff syndrome……………………..…….100/2014 & 101/2014
  • anxiety disorder………………………………….102/2014 & 103/2014
These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions.
The above SoPs take effect from 17 November 2014.

Download the 'Summary of Changes' regarding SoPs 90 –  103 of 2014.    (pdf – KB) 


DECLARATIONS

The focussed investigations below, related to "a threatening, hostile, hazardous and/or menacing situation and/or environment".
The Authority declared that it did not propose to amend any of the Statements of Principles for the reason that there is either no new sound medical-scientific evidence available or insufficient sound medical-scientific evidence available to justify an amendment to any of these Statements of Principles.

The Declarations to be notified will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 4 November 2014. 

The Declaration and reasons for the decision for 'alcohol use disorder' are available below.
  • alcohol use disorder………….Declaration - (pdf) - reasons for decision - (pdf)
. The other Declarations below, combine the reasons for decision within the Declarations.
  • substance use disorder……….......(pdf)
  • panic disorder……………...…........(pdf)
  • bipolar disorder……………............(pdf)
  • schizophrenia……………..….........(pdf)
  • suicide and attempted suicide…....(pdf)
The above determinations and declarations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:
  • osteomyelitis
  • malignant neoplasm of the lung
  • leptospirosis
  • malignant neoplasm of the breast
  • osteoporosis
  • rotator cuff syndrome
  • anxiety disorder
  • alcohol use disorder
  • substance use disorder
  • panic disorder
  • bipolar disorder
  • schizophrenia
  • suicide and attempted suicide
INVESTIGATIONS 

Decided to advertise the following investigations:
  • x-linked myopathy with excessive autophagy
  • optochiasmatic arachnoiditis
  • discoid lupus erythematosus
The above Declarations and Investigation Notices will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 4 November 2014.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

VVCS Group Programs


Group programs provide a safe and supportive environment in which to learn about issues impacting on mental health and wellbeing, obtain treatment and support for mental health concerns, connect with others with similar experiences and/or develop self-management skills to enhance wellbeing. 
Group programs are an important part of VVCS evidence-based treatment services. Whether they are veterans, partners or other eligible family members, group program participants often report that being in a group helps them understand that others may share their experiences. Others feel more comfortable learning in a group than in counselling. An important benefit of group program treatment is the chance to learn about and address mental health concerns in a supportive environment. All VVCS group programs are conducted by facilitators experienced in working with veterans and their families.
The length of VVCS group programs varies from 2-day workshops to sessional programs run over a number of weeks.
All group programs are provided free to eligible participants.


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

CLIK Update

CLIK CD users,

CLIK CD update 2014-02, publish date of 3 October 2014, is now available for download from the DVA website:  www.dva.gov.au/clik/update


This 2014-02 release is a major version and (only) the full CD is available to download.
Detailed instructions on downloading and installing the update are available from the above website.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Statements of Principles Update

At the meeting of 6 August 2014 the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • peripheral neuropathy..................................................................74/2014 & 75/2014
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease............................................................76/2014 & 77/2014
  • vascular dementia.......................................................................78/2014 & 79/2014
  • malignant neoplasm of unknown primary site.................................80/2014 & 81/2014
  • posttraumatic stress disorder.......................................................82/2014 & 83/2014
  • chronic lymphocytic leukaemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma........84/2014 & 85/2014
These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions.

Determined Amendment SoPs for:
  • non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.............................................................86/2014 & 87/2014
  • diabetes mellitus.........................................................................88/2014 & 89/2014
The above determinations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:
  • peripheral neuropathy
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
  • vascular dementia
  • malignant neoplasm of unknown primary site
  • posttraumatic stress disorder
  • chronic lymphoid leukaemia [now known as – chronic lymphocytic leukaemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma]
  • non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • diabetes mellitus
 The above SoPs take effect from 22 September 2014.

Download the 'Summary of Changes' regarding SoPs 74 – 89/2014     (pdf – 711KB)  


Decided to advertise the following investigation:
  • neoplasm of the pituitary gland
The Investigation Notice for this investigation will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 19 September 2014.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Proof of Identity

Media Release VA062   21 Aug 2014

CUTTING RED TAPE FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Current serving ADF members, including Reservists, who hold a purple ADF ID card will benefit from a new DVA and Defence move to reduce red tape in the claims application process, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson announced today.
Senator Ronaldson said that from 1 September 2014, ADF members will be able use their purple ADF ID Card to prove their identity for the purposes of making a DVA claim.
“The new arrangement means a claim can commence from the point of first contact. It will streamline the current 100 point identity verification process, speeding up the process for both clients and staff.”
“This initiative recognises the unique nature of military service and demonstrates the Government's ongoing efforts to cut red tape for veterans and their families.”
Senator Ronaldson said the new arrangement was made possible through DVA and Defence’s existing information sharing arrangement and would ensure current serving members and Reservists could get help quickly without the need for initial paperwork.
“The ability for ADF members to talk to a DVA staff member at over 35 bases across the country as part of the On Base Advisory Service, or attend a DVA office in person and lodge a claim on the spot, will ensure they get faster access to the support they need.
Senator Ronaldson said this arrangement is one of many actions the Government is taking to reduce red tape and the time taken to process claims.
“Work will continue to improve claims processing times including reviewing and improving business processes, redeveloping IT systems, and improving communication with clients.”
“DVA is making many positive steps in the right direction and I will update the defence and veteran communities as this work progresses.”

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Welfare Information Networking Day

RSL State Headquarters will be holding a Welfare Information Networking Day on Tuesday 16 September at Torrens Parade Ground.

All ESOs are welcome to extend this invitation to anyone involved in the care and welfare of the community.

For further info, download the flyer here

Monday, 18 August 2014

VVCS Facebook Page

Media Release VA060   (18 August)

GREATER ACCESS TO HEALTH AND WELLBEING SERVICES FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES THROUGH FACEBOOK

As part of the Abbott Government’s ongoing commitment to increasing the accessibility of veteran mental health support, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson today launched an integrated social media presence for the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS).
"The VVCS is at the frontline of mental health and wellbeing support for the veteran community and provides counselling and group programs for veterans and their family members," Senator Ronaldson said.
Combined with the recently launched VVCS Website, a VVCS Facebook presence provides an additional pathway for members of the veteran community and their families to connect to this important support service. 
"The VVCS Facebook page will enable the veteran community to learn more about VVCS group programs and other services.  It will also provide an avenue for community questions to be answered as an online VVCS veteran support community is established."
“VVCS online tools can be accessed on mobile platforms, ensuring instant and simplified access to information and support details when it’s needed.”
Announcing the launch on Vietnam Veterans Day, Senator Ronaldson said that online tools can support existing services in an important way.   
"The VVCS online presence is part of a wider initiative by my Department to increase on-line and social media presence." 
The overwhelmingly positive response to the recent mental health support campaign sponsored by the DVAAus Facebook page has shown that there is a real desire to learn more about veteran mental health via online and social media channels. 
The VVCS provides free and confidential, nation-wide counselling and support for war and service-related mental health conditions, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance and anger.  The VVCS also provides relationship and family counselling to address issues that can arise due to the unique nature of military service.  

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

SRCA On-Line Training

SRCA training is now available via the on-line training modules.
The normal nomination process is to be used for those wishing to do this training.
Once the nomination form has been received, login and password details will be advised.

Nomination forms can be downloaded using the link to the right under the Important Links heading

Monday, 7 July 2014

New VVCS Website

Media Release  VA047  (05 July)

NEW WEBSITE LINKS VETERANS TO SUPPORT WHEN THEY NEED IT
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson has officially launched a new dedicated website for the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) at the South Australian RSL Congress in Adelaide today.
VVCS is a free and confidential service that offers eligible veterans counselling, group programs, and after-hours crisis support 24 hours a day.
"Tackling the mental health challenges facing veterans and their families is a key pillar of the Government’s plan for veterans’ affairs. The Government’s priority is to ensure that we have in place the mental health services and supports that are needed for veterans and their families."
"VVCS is at the frontline of mental health and wellbeing support for the Australian veteran and ex-service community. The services provided by VVCS are particularly important as they also support the families, who significantly support veterans."
The launch of a new dedicated website for VVCS builds on the Minister’s recent announcements to improve access to mental health treatment, including access to counselling and support.
From 1 July 2014, former serving members who have border protection service, served in a disaster zone either in Australia or overseas, served as a submariner, were involved in training accidents resulting in serious injury or were medically discharged can access VVCS services.
VVCS services are also available to partners and their dependent children, up to the age of 26, of these newly eligible service men and women.  Along with the partners, dependent children, aged up to 26, and parents of members killed in service-related incidents.
"The Government spends around $166 million a year on meeting the mental health needs of Veterans and their families.  The funding for treatment is demand driven, and it is not capped - if treatment is needed, it is funded."
 "This Government is determined not to repeat the mistakes of the past. This means we need to develop a strong understanding of the issues and challenges faced by veteran and defence communities including their families, and to have a robust evidence base to inform efforts to reduce stigma around mental illness and to keep improving our services." Senator Ronaldson said.
A mobile version of the new VVCS website has also been developed  to ensure that veterans and their families can access information and support details when they need to.
The new VVCS dedicated website can be accessed at: www.vvcs.gov.au

Mental Health Support for Former ADF Members and Families

Media Release VA041

STRENGTHENING ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR FORMER ADF MEMBERS AND FAMILIES
Today the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson, announced three major initiatives which expand existing mental health services for veterans and their families.
From today, eligible veterans will have access to treatment for alcohol and substance use disorders and be able to access treatment for certain conditions without the need to make a claim for compensation from the Australian Government.  Counselling services will also be expanded to more veterans and family members.
"Tackling the mental health challenges facing veterans and their families is a key pillar of the Government’s plan for Veterans’ Affairs.  The funding for treatment is demand driven, and it is not capped." Senator Ronaldson said.
Firstly, there will be greater access to DVA’s payment for mental health treatment, whether or not the mental health condition is related to service.
Currently, these arrangements cover diagnosed posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression.  DVA will now also pay for treatment for diagnosed alcohol and substance use disorders, and an increased number of individuals with peacetime service only will also become eligible. 
Secondly, the Government has broadened the accessibility of counselling and support services provided by the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) with an expansion to client eligibility.
In addition to those already eligible for support, current and former serving members who have border protection service, served in a disaster zone either in Australia or overseas, served as a submariner, were involved in training accidents resulting in serious injury or were medically discharged are now eligible for VVCS.
Access to VVCS services are also available to partners and their dependent children, up to the age of 26, of these newly eligible service men and women. Additionally, the partners, dependent children aged up to 26, and parents of members killed in service-related incidents are eligible for VVCS support.
Finally, in an effort to promote early intervention and prevention, all former serving personnel are now able to access a comprehensive health assessment from their GP. A Medicare rebate is available for this health assessment. 
"This comprehensive health assessment will help your GP to diagnose and identify early any mental or physical health conditions you may be experiencing. Your GP will then be able to treat you or refer you to other services," said Senator Ronaldson.
Over the next four years, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs will spend more than four times the amount on mental health than it will on commemorating the Anzac Centenary. That is $145 million on the Centenary programme for 2014-2018, compared with the more than an estimated $664 million to be spent on mental health services over this same period.
"With over 72,500 men and women having served this nation oversees since 1999, we must ensure that this nation does not repeat the mistakes it made post Vietnam."
If you identify a member of the veteran and ex-serving community who you think may benefit from VVCS services, please encourage them to call 1800 011 046 to discuss their eligibility and support options.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Statements of Principles Update

At the meeting of 4 June 2014 the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • malignant neoplasm of the stomach…..…58/2014 & 59/2014
  • melioidosis……………………………..……60/2014 & 61/2014
  • lumbar spondylosis……………………..….62/2014 & 63/2014
  • thoracic spondylosis………………….……64/2014 & 65/2014
  • cervical spondylosis……….……………....66/2014 & 67/2014
  • hiatus hernia..………….…………………...68/2014 & 69/2014
These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions.

Determined New SoPs for:
  • warts……………………………..………….70/2014 & 71/2014
The above determinations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:
  • malignant neoplasm of the stomach
  • melioidosis
  • lumbar spondylosis
  • thoracic spondylosis
  • cervical spondylosis
  • hiatus hernia
  • plantar warts [now known as – warts]
 The above SoPs take effect from 2 July 2014.

Determined Amendment SoPs for:
  • myeloma…..……..…………………………72/2014 & 73/2014
These Amendment SoPs concerning myeloma have effect from 13 May 2014 and are made in accordance with the direction of the Specialist Medical Review Council, Declaration No. 23. 

Download the 'Summary of Changes' regarding SoPs 58 – 73/2014       (pdf)    (Word)



Decided to advertise the following investigations:
  • trochanteric bursitis of the hip
  • migraine – restricted to (i) posttraumatic stress disorder, (ii) depressive disorder and (iii) anxiety disorder, as causal factors of migraine
The Investigation Notices for these investigations appeared in the Government Notices Gazette of 1 July 2014.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Changes to DVA Cards

New cards will be distributed to all current card holders during the month of June 2014.

More info and images of the new cards can be found here

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

BEST Grant Applications

Applications for Round 16 of the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) Grants program opened on Monday 26 May 2014 and close on Monday 23 June 2014.

'At Ease' Goes Mobile


DVA’s mental health portal At Ease is now available in mobile format for use on smart phones

The At Ease website helps veterans and their families to recognise the signs of poor mental health, access self-help advice and tools, learn when and where to find professional support and learn from the stories of other veterans.

With more than 50% of visitors accessing the At Ease portal via a mobile site, DVA has developed this mobile version to deliver quick information to people on the go.

Visit the At Ease portal on any device at www.at-ease.dva.gov.au

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Statements of Principles Updates

The following Statements of Principles (SoPs) are now available for viewing:
  • malignant neoplasm of the prostate….….…53/2014 & 54/2014

These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for this condition.
  • chronic multisymptom illness………....……55/2014 & 56/2014


The above determinations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:
  • malignant neoplasm of the prostate
  • Gulf War syndrome
The above SoPs take effect from 14 May 2014. 

The reasons for decision for malignant neoplasm of the prostate are available here.

The reasons for decision for chronic multisymptom illness are available here.

Download the 'Summary of Changes' regarding SoPs 53 – 56 of 2014    (pdf – 43KB)  


Monday, 12 May 2014

Statements of Principles Update

At the meeting of 9 April 2014 the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • Hodgkin's lymphoma………..………….…...35/2014 & 36/2014
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease……37/2014 & 38/2014
  • malignant neoplasm of the thyroid gland….39/2014 & 40/2014
  • acute stress disorder…………………..……41/2014 & 42/2014
  • mitral valve prolapse…………………...…....43/2014 & 44/2014
  • pleural plaque…………………………..........45/2014 & 46/2014
  • chronic myeloid leukaemia……………...….47/2014 & 48/2014
  • arial fibrillation and atrial flutter……….....…49/2014 & 50/2014
  • otitis media………………………………......51/2014 & 52/2014
  • malignant neoplasm of the prostate……….53 & 54/2014
These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions.

Determined New Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • chronic multisymptom illness…55 & 56/2014

Determined an Amendment SoP for:
  • non-Hodgkin's lymphoma……..……………57/2014 (RH)
DECLARATION concerning non-Hodgkin's lymphoma…. 30/2014 (BoP)

The Repatriation Medical Authority declared that its does not propose to amend the contents of the current SoP concerning 'non-Hodgkin's lymphoma'.  The Authority concluded that the sound medical-scientific evidence available is not sufficient to justify an amendment to this SoP.

The Declaration will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 7 May 2014 and can be viewed here.
  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma declaration.......(pdf)


The above determinations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:
  • Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • chronic bronchitis and emphysema [now known as – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease]
  • malignant neoplasm of the thyroid gland
  • acute stress disorder
  • mitral valve prolapse
  • pleural plaque
  • chronic myeloid leukaemia
  • atrial fibrillation [now incorporated into SoPs for  – atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter]
  • atrial flutter [now incorporated into SoPs for  – atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter]
  • otitis media
  • non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
 The above SoPs take effect from 7 May 2014.


The following SoPs will take effect from 14 May 2014.  The SoPs, and reasons for decision, will be available from that date.
  • malignant neoplasm of the prostate
  • chronic multisymptom illness
Download the 'Summary of Changes' regarding SoPs 35 – 52/2014 and 57/2014  (pdf – 116KB) 

Monday, 28 April 2014

CLIK Update

The next CLIK CD update 2014-1 (publish date of 22 Apr 14) is now available for download from the DVA website.   www.dva.gov.au/clik/update

This release is a major version and only the full CD is available to download.
Detailed instructions on downloading and installing the update are available from the above website.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Statements of Principles Updates



At the meeting of 19 February 2014 the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • restless legs syndrome………..……20/2014 & 21/2014
  • allergic rhinitis…………………....….22/2014 & 23/2014
These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions.

Determined New SoPs for:
  • somatic symptom disorder…………24/2014 & 25/2014
  • periodic limb movement disorder…..26/2014 & 27/2014
Determined Amendment SoPs for:
  • alcohol use disorder……..…….……29/2014 & 30/2014
  • substance use disorder……….…….31/2014 & 32/2014
  • ischaemic heart disease………..…..33/2014 & 34/2014
These determinations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:
  • restless legs syndrome
  • allergic rhinitis
  • undifferentiated somatoform disorder – [refer to: somatic symptom disorder]
  • periodic limb movement disorder
  • alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse – [now known as: alcohol use disorder]
  • drug dependence and drug abuse – [now known as: substance use disorder]
  • ischaemic heart disease
 All of the above SoPs take effect from 26 March 2014.

Determined Amendment SoP for:
  • chronic lymphoid leukaemia…....…..28/2014
This Amendment SoP concerning CHRONIC LYMPHOID LEUKAEMIA is made in accordance with the direction of the Specialist Medical Review Council, Declaration No. 22 and will take effect from 26 November 2013.

Download the Summary of Changes regarding SoPs 20 – 34 of 2014 - (pdf – 95KB)


Decided to advertise the following investigations:
  • depressive disorder
  • eating disorder
  • adjustment disorder
  • alcohol use disorder (focussed review – perception of threat and/or harm)
  • substance use disorder (focussed review – perception of threat and/or harm)
  • bipolar disorder (focussed review – perception of threat and/or harm)
  • panic disorder (focussed review – perception of threat and/or harm)
  • schizophrenia (focussed review – perception of threat and/or harm)
  • suicide and attempted suicide (focussed review – perception of threat and/or harm)
The Investigation Notices for these investigations appeared in the Government Notices Gazette of 26 March 2014.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Men's Health Peer Education magazine


Men's Health Peer Education (MHPE) aims to raise the veteran community's awareness of men's health issues by encouraging members of the veteran and ex-service community to share the responsibility for managing their own health and wellbeing.

What are the most important issues for and about men? Visit the MHPE website at www.dva.gov.au/mhpe.htm to read the latest issue of the MHPE magazine.

The theme of the March issue is 'The Most'.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Changes to Privacy Laws

Australia’s privacy laws will change on 12 March 2014.
The new laws will apply to Australian Government agencies, private sector businesses and not-for profit organisations covered by the Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act).

The changes to the Privacy Act include a set of new, harmonised, privacy principles that will regulate the handling of personal information by both Australian government agencies and businesses.
These 13 new principles are called the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs). They will replace the existing Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) that currently apply to Australian Government agencies and the National Privacy Principles (NPPs) that currently apply to businesses.


What’s changing?

Under the new laws, from 12 March 2014, it will be easier for Australians to:
  • find out if their personal information will be sent overseas
  •  request access to their personal information held by an organisation or agency
  • request a correction to their personal information held by an organisation or agency
  • access an organisation or agency’s Privacy Policy for more information about how that entity manages personal information.

How to get more information 
 
For more information about how DVA manages personal information  and to access their Privacy Policy please visit www.dva.gov.au/privacy.htm.

Monday, 3 March 2014

The ON TRACK with The Right Mix App has been UPDATED!
The mobile app designed specifically for current and ex-serving ADF personnel now offers improved features. ON TRACK lets you track your drinking and spending and the impact it's having on your wellbeing and fitness.

Use the App to:
        • Track your drinking and spending in real time or add drinks to previous sessions,
        • Set a budget for a night out and get a reminder when you've reached your budget,
        • Get a personalised wellbeing score based on the amount you drink,
        • Track your drinking, wellbeing and spending through  weekly and monthly graphs,
        • Learn how much exercise you need to do to burn off the alcohol you've consumed,
        • Find out where to get professional help if alcohol is impacting on your daily life.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Tribunal Advocacy Course (TAC)

It is planned to conduct the Tribunal Advocacy Course (TAC) in early July 2014.
Nominations close 30 May 2014.
TAC Nomination Form which provides course detail can be downloaded here 
 

TAC Refresher Course
Planning of the TAC Refresher course requires the details of Level 4 Advocates who want to attend.
The basis of where the refresher course would be conducted, to attain the best economical use of funding, the course would be held in the state where most of the nominees come from and others would be transported and accommodated in the chosen state.
Nominations close 30 May 2014.
TAC Refresher Course Nomination Form can be downloaded here

All completed nomination forms are to be forwarded to:
John Cadd
TIP Chair
c/- DVA
199 Grenfell St
Adelaide SA 5000
 

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Statements of Principles Update

In an out of session decision, the RMA:
Determined Amendment Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • posttraumatic stress disorder....................19/2014
The decision is in accordance with the Direction of the Specialist Medical Review Council and has effect from 19 December 2013.
This decision amends SoP No. 5/2008 concerning posttraumatic stress disorder.



At the meeting of 11 December 2013 the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • heart block……..………..........................1/2014 & 2/2014
  • dental pulp and apical disease….............3/2014 & 4/2014
  • morbid obesity………….......................…5/2014 & 6/2014
  • narcolepsy….…………...........................7/2014 & 8/2014
  • dermatomyositis…….......................……9/2014 & 10/2014
  • chronic fatigue syndrome…................….11/2014 & 12/2014
These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions.

Determined new Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • fibromyalgia……..….....................………13/2014 & 14/2014
  • sick sinus syndrome…...........................15/2014 & 16/2014
Determined Amendment Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • Alzheimer-type dementia……..…..………17/2014 & 18/2014
These determinations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:
  • heart block
  • dental pulp disease - [now known as: dental pulp and apical disease]
  • morbid obesity
  • narcolepsy
  • dermatomyositis
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • fibromyalgia
  • sick sinus syndrome
  • Alzheimer-type dementia
 All of the above SoPs take effect from 15 January 2014.

Download the Summary of Changes regarding SoPs 1 – 18 of 2014
            (pdf - 65KB)    (Word - 167KB)