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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)