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Thursday, 24 December 2015

TIP SA Closure

The TIP SA office will be closed until 01 February 2016.

Important issues related to TIP should be directed to the TIP Chair, John Cadd


0418 842 228
johncadd@live.com.au

Monday, 14 December 2015

Dental and Allied Health Services Review

Arrangements for a major review of the dental and allied health services provided to veterans have been announced.
"The review will assess currently available services in relation to the current and future needs of veterans, as well as considering contemporary trends in the delivery of dental and allied health services in Australia."

Thursday, 10 December 2015

DVA Christmas-New Year Shut Down

From Friday, 25 December to Monday, 4 January all DVA offices will be closed and DVA staff will not be available by phone, email, or social media.
However, please be aware that the @Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) will be available 24/7 throughout this period on 1800 011 046.
VVCS offers support to veterans of all conflicts, and their families. This service is free, and completely confidential. You can also get in touch through their Facebook page.
In addition to the support offered by VVCS, standard services such as hospital admissions, transport bookings and pension payments will continue during this time. 

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Moral Injury Seminar






















10 December  -  1900
RSL - Tea Tree Gully Sub Branch
18 Memorial Drive, Tea Tree Gully, South Australia 5091


This seminar will provide a presentation on moral injury within the Australian military context and afterwards ex-military veterans can volunteer, if they wish, to fill in an anonymous military moral injury questionnaire to contribute to benchmark empirical research.

It is likely that moral injury is one of the key reasons for the increased number of suicides within our military veteran community because of its possible relationship to PTSD. An ancient concept, ‘moral injury’ has only been empirically studied recently in the United States. This study and your involvement will be a first for Australia. Moral injury is an experience caused when a person either witnesses, unable to prevent, or causes an event that upsets their moral belief of what is right from wrong. Examples are betrayal (by peers or leaders in the chain of command), witnessing, causing, or unable to prevent, the injury or death of fellow service members or civilians. This seminar is focused on moral injury among Australian ex-military veterans and it intends to begin the discussion about moral injury within the Australian context. It also intends to establish an empirical benchmark about the extent of moral injury within our military veteran community and its possible affects. As an ex-military veteran your help is needed.


If you require a carer at the seminar, they are more than welcome to attend.


Research Supported by The University Of Queensland

Monday, 7 December 2015

Aged Rights Advocacy Service fact sheets

The Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS), in conjunction with other member agencies of the ‘Alliance for the Prevention of Elder Abuse’ (APEA), has developed new Fact Sheets covering information regarding Enduring Power of Attorney and Advanced Care Directives. 

The new Fact Sheets are available here: www.apea.org.au/#!news/c146e

MHPE Magazine

The latest issue of the Men's Health Peer Education Magazine is now available on online.
The theme for this issue is 'The Family'.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

DVA Xmas shutdown arrangements

DVA will have a reduced services period from Friday, 25 December to Monday, 4 January.
During this time all DVA offices will be closed, and DVA staff will not be available by phone, email, or social media.
However, many services will still be available if you require them:
- The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) offers 24/7 crisis counselling, available for free on 1800 011 046 to veterans of all conflicts and their families.
- Transport can be booked and reviewed through MyAccount –https://myaccount.dva.gov.au/ If you do not use MyAccount and require transport during this period, you can seek reimbursement once DVA offices reopen.
- Doctors can admit DVA patients into hospital and request retrospective approval for admission, where required, when DVA re-opens.
- Defence Service Homes Insurance support is available 24/7 on 1300 552 662. Payments can be made on 1300 304 989 or via the DSH websitewww.dsh.gov.au.
- Pension payments that would normally be paid on Thursday, 24 December will be paid into bank accounts on Wednesday, 23 December 2015. The first pension payment in 2016 will be made on schedule on 7 January 2016.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Lifeline Service Finder App

The Lifeline Service Finder is a tool available for people to search for local and national low or no cost support services within Australia listing results to keyword searches or browsing by category. This tool will show users a description and contact details of search results as well as other useful information.
The Lifeline Service Finder is powered by Infoxchange Service Seeker, which was developed to allow people to access up to date, accurate information on health and welfare support services at any time of the day and night.

Download the app here


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Women's Symposium

FRIDAY...
ADELAIDE...
FREE... 
Women veterans have their chance to discuss their unique needs, hear key speakers, network and connect.
Please TAG or SHARE with women veterans in SA.


Thursday, 12 November 2015

TIP Training 2016

Information regarding TIP SA/NT training for 2016 is now available and can be viewed using the links above.
At this point in time, courses have only been programmed to the end of June pending further clarification of the future of the TIP training process as a result of the proposed implementation of the Advocacy Training & Development Blueprint in July 2016.

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 Non Liability Health Care can also be taken using eLearning modules.
Training is normally conducted at the DVA office in Adelaide or in regional locations.
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 johncadd@live.com.au
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 Group on a case by case basis.
This can be discussed with the TIP Chair, John Cadd 0418 842 228 johncadd@live.com.au
A nomination is required to attend all training courses (including the eLearning courses).
For the 2016 course program, nominations can now be made on-line and can be accessed using the link above.
This is now our preferred method of receiving nominations.
(Paper nominations will still be accepted and can be downloaded here. Completed nomination forms are to be forwarded to the TIP Admin Support Officer.)
‘The Orderly Room’ continues to be the primary point of information for TIP SA/NT matters and we encourage you to visit this website on a regular basis.
Our Facebook page provides additional information, the opportunity to comment and network with other Pension/Welfare Officers, and provide feedback on pension and welfare matters.   www.facebook.com/TIPSouthAustralia
We look forward to seeing you at a training course in 2016.

Monday, 9 November 2015

VVCS

Current and former serving members of the Australian Army, Royal Australian Air Force and Royal Australian Navy.
Did you know you are entitled to VVCS services if you:
· have served in disaster relief or border protection operations;
· have been involved in one of Australia's peacekeeping or peacemaking operations;
· are a reservist with operational service; 
· have served as a submariner;
· have been medically discharged;
· were involved in serious training accident,


This also includes the partners and dependent children (up to age 26) of these members; and the partners, dependant children and parents of members killed in service-related incidents.
Call VVCS on 1800 011 046 to see how they can help you or your family.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Statements of Principles Updates

Click here to review the latest Statements of Principles updates.

RMA Website

The RMA website has been redesigned. The website has a range of improvements – a cleaner, less cluttered and more modern feel; improved and updated content and enhanced facilities to make navigation and finding exact information easier. These facilities include a comprehensive site map in the footer and a far more precise search facility at the top of each page. The new website is also easier to access and view from smart phones and tablets.
The site features significantly improved capacity to search and find Statements of Principles (SOPs) – and other information. You can search by SOP number, year, the name of the condition or ICD code, and now hundreds of commonly used names of medical conditions can be entered in the search field to identify the applicable SOP. All information relating to a condition (the current SOPs, past SOPs, historical documents such as declarations or reasons for decision, and the most recent Explanatory Statements tabled in Parliament) are now available together in a single page relating to each condition.
There is more information about how the RMA undertakes investigations, searches for relevant literature and assesses the medical-science. Requests for the RMA to undertake an investigation or review the contents of an existing SOP can now be lodged on-line, with the capacity to upload supporting documentation and print a copy of the completed request for your records.


Wednesday, 28 October 2015

MedicAlert

Are you a DVA Gold Card holder? 
Did you know the Department of Veterans' Affairs will pay your annual MedicAlert membership fee as well as the full cost of a stainless steel medical ID. 
Call 1800 822 222, provide your DVA Gold Card number and MedicAlert will take care of the rest.
Learn about the many benefits of becoming a MedicAlert member at  www.medicalert.org.au

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Moral Injury Seminar

The Soldier On team in South Australia will be hosting an important seminar on Moral injury in the lives of Australian Military Veterans at 6pm – 7:30pm on 4th November 2015. 

“Moral Injury is the damage done to one’s conscience or moral compass when one perpetrates, witnesses, or fails to prevent acts that transgress one’s own moral / ethical values.”
This free seminar will provide guests with information on moral injury within the Australian military, followed with an anonymous invitation to be the first in Australia to contribute to establishing an empirical benchmark in this area. 


For updates on this event go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1698132940418290/

Monday, 26 October 2015

Managing Your Pension

Managing Your Pension
'You and Your Pension' is a guide provided to income support pensioners including service pensioners, social security age pensioners (paid by DVA), and war widows and widowers who receive the income support supplement. The guide contains information about your benefits, rights and obligations.
As well as being available in an electronic version, 'You and Your Pension' is produced as a booklet and an audio version is available on Compact Disc.
The internet version of 'You and Your Pension' was reviewed for 20 September 2015. Other minor updates occur at various intervals throughout the year. Over time this may mean the internet version and the printed edition of 'You and Your Pension' may differ.
NB: Always check the Factsheets for recent information or changes that are yet to be included in 'You and Your Pension'.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

RSL Women's Symposium

RSL WOMEN’S SYMPOSIUM 20/11/15. 
Key speakers discuss topics tailored to women who are serving, have served in Defence, partners or are associated with Defence. 
9am – 4pm Torrens Parade Ground, Adelaide, Friday 20th November. 
Register attendance: communications@rslsa.org.au; 8100 7300


Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Free Legal Help

Free legal advice and minor assistance is available from the Legal Services Commission of South Australia through its telephone advice line and face-to-face appointments.
1300 366 424   Mon-Fri    9am - 4:30pm



Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Elder Abuse

No older person should be subjected to any form of abuse, often referred to as ‘Elder abuse’. Elder abuse can take various forms such as physical, psychological or emotional, sexual or financial abuse. It can also be the result of intentional or unintentional neglect.
Elder abuse can be defined as “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person” (World Health Organization).
If you are concerned about elder abuse you may want information about the issue, or the opportunity to talk to someone independently about your concerns and the options for getting help.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

eLearning Log In

For those of you who are doing training on-line, there is now a link to the eLearning Login page here on The Orderly Room.
You can find it on the right hand side of the page under 'Important Links'.

Happy learning!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Veterans' Health Cards

The health card arrangements are the main way DVA, on behalf of the Australian Government, provides convenient access to health and other care services for veterans, war widows and eligible dependents.
Arrangements are based on providing access to clinically appropriate and required treatment, which is evidence-based.
The DVA health card allows card holders a streamlined administrative process, whereby the health card holder only has to present their card when receiving treatment and not worry about seeking reimbursement or obtaining receipts and invoices for payment.
Click here if you want to know more about DVA health cards.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Advocacy, Training & Development Programme Blueprint

The Minister for Veterans' Affairs has agreed to the Advocacy, Training and Development Programme (ATDP) Blueprint to the response to the Rolfe Review

The ATDP features:

  • Improved DVA and ESO partnership arrangements;
  • A Capability Management Framework which is the centrepiece of the learning and development programme. This includes clear training & development pathways and the application of accreditation and adult learning principles across the whole spectrum of the programme;
  • A significant role for contracted expert assistance from a Registered Training Organisation; and
  • A three-tiered governance structure representing the ESO community, Defence and DVA.

The vision of the ATDP is to train and develop selected practitioners to provide high quality advocacy services to current and former ADF members, and their dependants, covering rehabilitation, compensation, appeals and welfare.

A Working Party, made up of members from the ESO community (with nominees provided by the ESORT), TIP, Defence and DVA, including Brig. Rolfe, held its initial meeting in March 2015 and from their deliberations the Blueprint for the ATDP was developed.

The Blueprint can be viewed/downloaded here

Tuesday, 22 September 2015


Seniors Information Services offers a range of sessions on iPad, Android and Internet Security.

Book for a one-on-one session or a group seminar.
Call 8168 8776 for more information.


Veterans Health Week

10-18 October

Veterans' Health Week is an opportunity for veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families to make positive changes to the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends.

Monday, 21 September 2015

'The Right Mix' Website Update

The Right Mix website has been enhanced to provide better support for veterans and serving ADF members in order to help them manage their alcohol consumption.
The Right Mix has been updated based on the latest research into the effects of alcohol consumption. It also provides information on the best ways to gain online support for people who want to change their behaviour.

The redeveloped site provides people with the option to develop a self-help action plan to reduce their alcohol consumption with the help of their medical professional. It also has a range of interactive tools, allowing them to quickly measure how much they drink, and compare their drinking habits against low risk levels.

The Right Mix website, together with its companion mobile app, allows a new generation of serving members and veterans to use their smart phones and tablets to monitor their drinking habits. It supports the ADF’s Alcohol Management Strategy which promotes harm minimisation, and focuses on incentives like improvements in physical wellbeing and work performance.

The Right Mix can be accessed through the At Ease Portal via www.at-ease.dva.gov.au/therightmix

Pension Rate Increases

Veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia will see an increase to their pensions from today, 20 September 2015, as part of the bi-annual indexation process.
As pension rates are calculated on a daily basis, the next pension paid after the 20 September increase (on payday 1 October 2015) will be paid partly at the old rate and partly at the new rate. The first full payment at the new pension rates will be 15 October 2015.
You can view the new rates here.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

TIP Office Closure

The TIP office will be closed from 14 Sep until 20 Sep.
Urgent matters regarding TIP should be directed the TIP Chair, John Cadd

0418 842 228
johncadd@live.com.au

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Non Liability Health Care


DVA pays for treatment for certain mental and physical health conditions without the need for the conditions to be accepted as related to service.
This is known as non-liability health care (NLHC).
What is non-liability health care?
Non-liability health care allows former and current ADF personnel, depending on their eligibility, to receive treatment for the following conditions:
- Cancer (Malignant Neoplasm)
- Pulmonary Tuberculosis
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Depressive disorder
- Anxiety disorder
- Alcohol Use Disorder; and
- Substance Use Disorder
There is no need to establish that these conditions were caused by defence service. However, the specific conditions for which someone may be eligible to receive treatment depends on the period in which they served or, in some cases, the nature of their service (e.g service on operational deployments).
Online Non-Liability Health Care Training
Non-Liability Health Care eLearning course has been designed to provide information about NLHC eligibility, the conditions covered and how to apply for NLHC or assist others to do so. The course contains eight modules you can complete at your own pace.
You can nominate for this course by downloading a nomination form using the link above.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

 
Are you interested in Accessing Home Care...Are you aware of the changes that came in from July?
Seniors Information Service are holding a seminar on Accessing Home Care - Navigating the CHSP (Commonwealth Home Support Program).
Monday Oct 19th 1 - 2:30pm.
Phone 8168 8776 to book a place






































 
   

Monday, 7 September 2015

Statements of Principles Updates

At the meeting of 5 August 2015 the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:

fracture…….…………………….……..94/2015 & 95/2015
Achilles tendinopathy and bursitis…..96/2015 & 97/2015
hallux valgus……………….…………..98/2015 & 99/2015
lipoma…………………………………..100/2015 & 101/2015
malignant melanoma of the skin…….102/2015 & 103/2015
mesothelioma………………………….104/2015 & 105/2015
ingrowing nail…………………………..106/2015 & 107/2015
Meniere’s disease……………………..108/2015 & 109/2015
external burn…………………………...110/2015 & 111/2015
hepatitis E……………………………...112/2015 & 113/2015

These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions.
The above determinations conclude the previously advertised reviews of the contents of these SoPs.
The above SoPs take effect from 21 September 2015.


After registering the Statements of Principles concerning lipoma (Nos. 100 & 101 of 2015), a clerical error was identified and the following Amendment SoPs were prepared and registered to correct the error - Amendment Statements of Principles concerning lipoma Nos. 114/2015 & 115/2015. 
These Amendment SoPs also take effect from 21 September 2015.

Download the 'Summary of Changes' regarding SoPs 94 - 115 of 2015    (pdf – 192KB)


Decided to advertise the following investigations:
malignant neoplasm of the brain
malignant neoplasm of the prostate (focussed review – dieldrin)
acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (focussed review – benzene definition)
aplastic anaemia (focussed review – benzene definition)
chronic lymphocytic leukaemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (focussed review – benzene definition)
myeloma (focussed review – benzene definition)
non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (focussed review – benzene definition)
Barrett’s oesophagus
antiphospholipid syndrome

The Investigation Notices for these investigations will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 1 September 2015.

Thursday, 3 September 2015


The Australian Veteran’s Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) is a national independent charity helping the children and grandchildren of ex-service men and women to a better future through higher education. 
Applications for 2016 scholarships open on 18 August 2015 and strictly close on 31 October 2015.

www.avcat.org.au

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

National Standards for Volunteer Involvement - Workshops

If you coordinate or manage volunteers, have management or governance responsibility in organisations that work with volunteers, the 2015 National Standards for Volunteer Involvement will be a useful tool for your organisation. 

Register for one of the National Standards Workshops scheduled for next week.
www.volunteeringsa.org.au


Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Soldier On - Australian Business Academy

The next round of registrations for Soldier On's Australian Business Academy: RTO Code 88201 courses are now open! 

Veterans and their partners can access free qualifications in Accounting, Business Administration, Management, HR, IT and Graphic Design.
These qualifications can be completed over a year of studying online, and will tool you with skills relevant to a range of positions in the civilian workforce.

For more information, head to http://bit.ly/ABA-Course-Info or email julie.jaensch@soldieron.org.au.

Monday, 31 August 2015

RESILIENCE AND STRESS MANAGEMENT TOOLS FOR VETERANS AND ADF MEMBERS NOW ONLINE

DVA’s new High Res website is an eToolbox to help you cope with stress, build resilience and bounce back.
The High Res website, helps veterans and serving members of the Australian Defence Force manage the unique mental stresses of military service.
Along with the High Res mobile phone app, this resource forms part of the Australian Government’s suite of resources focused on the prevention and early detection of mental health conditions.

The website provides interactive tools... and videos to help users build resilience and manage stress. It will also feature case studies about overcoming challenges during training, deployment and adjusting to life post-service, as well as a goal setting plan to help users improve resilience over time.
The High Res website is available on DVA’s At Ease mental health portal at www.at-ease.dva.gov.au/highres.
The High Res app is free to download from the iOS App Store and Android Google Play.




Thursday, 27 August 2015

Reporting Fraud

Suspect Fraud?

It is everyone’s responsibility to report fraud and non-compliance. We all have a role in ensuring that suspected staff, contractor, client or provider fraudulent behaviour is brought to the attention of DVA. Referrals of suspected incidents of fraud and non-compliance come from a variety of sources, including tip-offs.
DVA encourages all staff, contractors, clients, providers and members of the wider community to report suspected incidents of fraud and non-compliance. DVA takes all allegations of fraud and non-compliance seriously and investigates these allegations to maintain the integrity of the repatriation system. DVA respects your privacy and reports can be made anonymously.
  
If you suspect fraudulent or non-compliant activity please report it to DVA by emailing fraudallegation@dva.gov.au or telephoning 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia. For reports by post, address to -
People Services Branch
Department of Veterans’ Affairs
GPO Box 9998
YOUR CAPITAL CITY
POSTCODE.

VVCS - Beating the Blues

Around 1 in 5 Australians experience depression at least once in their lifetime. Counselling can make a difference.
VVCS also offers the Beating the Blues group programme that can help participants to better understand depression and to develop strategies to more effectively manage symptoms.
To learn more visit http://www.vvcs.gov.au/…/GroupPrograms/beating-the-blues.htm or call VVCS during business hours on 1800 011 046.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

MyAccount - Nominated Representatives


MyAccount for nominated representatives enables representatives of DVA clients to access Department services online.
A ‘Nominated Representative’ is a third party authorised to represent a DVA client in their dealings with the department. 
Apply online to become a representative or to nominate a representative.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Is your partner a veteran? Partners are usually the first to notice telltale behavioral changes in a veteran, so a supportive and mentally healthy partner can often assist in the recovery of a veteran with mental health concerns.

VVCS has a range of counselling and group programs that can support you to maintain a positive relationship with your military partner and equip you with the skills to cope with the challenges of the military lifestyle. VVCS is available 24/7, by phoning 1800 011 046.

http://www.vvcs.gov.au/Clients/veterans-families.htm

Monday, 24 August 2015

ACAT Finder

If you need to meet with a member of an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) to help work out what types of care and services you need, you can search for ACATs using the ACAT Finder on the 'myagedcare' website

www.myagedcare.gov.au/service-finder?tab=assessment-team

Thursday, 20 August 2015

VVCS Group Programs

VVCS offers a range of group programs across each state throughout the calendar year.
To register your interest in attending a program in 2015, please phone VVCS on 1800 011 046.


Monday, 10 August 2015

Soldier On SA - Peace Education Program

Soldier On - SA are hosting a 10 part Peace Education Program which conducted by volunteers of the Prem Rawat Foundation. This is a no cost event to all Veterans and their families to attend. After the successful information night that was held on 6 Aug, it was decided that this would be of great benefit to veterans and their families for understanding the PEP and what mechanisms it can assist with understanding day to day issues you maybe facing. This is in no way a cure for these issues, it is an education program.
You can attend the modules that are related to you or attend all 10 of them.
1.Peace
2.Appreciation
3.Inner Strength
4.Self-Awareness
5.Clarity
6.Understanding
7.Dignity
8.Choice
9.Hope
10.Contentment
More information can be found here
Light refreshments, tea & coffee will be available on the night

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Changes to CLIK

There have recently been some changes made to CLIK. 

The main changes users will notice are:
·       the pages are in an easier to read format;
·       the ‘CCPS Medical Research Library’ is now titled ‘SOP   Information Library’;
·       there is a disclaimer advising readers to check the latest Statement of Principle (SOP), with a link to the corresponding alphabetical listing on the Repatriation Medical Authority (RMA) website; and
·       forms for assessing conditions are now available in PDF and Word format.

If you are having difficulty accessing CLIK, or have identified any issues with the published content, please email CLIK@dva.gov.au, and the issues will be followed up.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Residential Aged Care

Helpful short video on the residential aged care entry process and costs. 
Senior Information Service's next seminar on aged care fees and charges is on the 26th August at 10am at SIS, 149 Currie Street. 
A Centrelink Financial Information Service Officer will be presenting. 
If you would like to attend please call SIS on 8168 8776.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgbUCRBG5hk

Monday, 27 July 2015

Soldier On - Job Ready Program

One of the services Soldier On can connect veterans and their families to is their Job Ready program, run in conjunction with partners at Frontier People. 
If you have been affected by your service and are looking for meaningful employment, they can offer assistance with CV development, career coaching and interview advice. 
This service is available through online teleconferencing anywhere in Australia. 
For more information email   julie.jaensch@soldieron.org.au

Monday, 20 July 2015

Deputy Commissioner Appointment

Ms Leanne Cameron commenced as the new Deputy Commissioner, South Australia, on 30 June. 
Ms Cameron has been with DVA since 2001 in a number of client contact and health related roles, including Deputy Commissioner, Northern Territory, since August 2013. 
She brings significant experience in stakeholder engagement and a passion for delivering quality to her new role in South Australia.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

VVCS - Mastering Anxiety

Adelaide dates: 25-26 August
To register your interest, call 1800 011 046 during business hours.

Anxiety is a normal part of life and can be useful when it alerts you to danger. However, when anxiety interferes with normal life activities such as work or sleep it can disrupt relationships and the enjoyment of life, and over time can lead to poor health and other problems. 
VVCS can assist you to manage your anxiety more effectively through both the Mastering Anxiety Group Program and counselling.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Australian Defence Force Assistance Trust

If you know someone in the Defence community who is struggling to meet financial commitments as a result of incapacity, death or injury, the Australian Defence Force Assistance Trust may be able to help.

The Australian Defence Force Assistance Trust is a charity helping current and former members of the Australian Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as their families following the death or severe injury of their loved one as a result of service with the ADF, particularly in recent conflicts.

www.adfassistancetrust.org.au

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Carers Booklet

This booklet has been developed to assist carers. It provides information about specific services available through DVA as well as general information about services available in the community.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Statements of Principles Updates

At the meeting of 3 June 2015 the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • acute myeloid leukaemia…….……………………71/2015 & 72/2015
  • myelodysplastic syndrome…..……………………73/2015 & 74/2015
  • myasthenia gravis……..……...…………….….....75/2015 & 76/2015
  • trigeminal neuralgia….………………………….….77/2015 & 78/2015
  • trigeminal neuropathy…………….………………..79/2015 & 80/2015
  • tuberculosis…………………………………………81/2015 & 82/2015
  • depressive disorder…………………………………83/2015 & 84/2015
  • cardiomyopathy…………………………….……....85/2015 & 86/2015
  • chickenpox……………………………………........87/2015 & 88/2015
  • malignant neoplasm of the gallbladder……...……89/2015 & 90/2015
These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions.


Determined new SoPs for:
  • arachnoid cyst……………………………………..91/2015 & 92/2015
The above determinations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:
  • acute myeloid leukaemia
  • myelodysplastic disorder [now known as myelodysplastic syndrome]
  • myasthenia gravis
  • trigeminal neuralgia
  • trigeminal neuropathy
  • tuberculosis
  • depressive disorder
  • cardiomyopathy
  • chicken pox [now known as chickenpox]
  • malignant neoplasm of the gallbladder
  • arachnoid cyst of the brain [now known as arachnoid cyst]
The above SoPs take effect from 20 July 2015.


Determined an Amendment SoP for:
  • non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma…………………………….93/2015
This Amendment SoP concerning non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma has effect from 27 April 2015 and is made in accordance with the direction of the Specialist Medical Review Council. 



Decided to advertise the following investigations
  • schizophrenia
  • suicide and attempted suicide
  • panic disorder (focussed review – definition of panic disorder & mefloquine)
  • anxiety disorder (focussed review – definition of anxiety disorder & mefloquine)
The Investigation Notices for these investigations will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 30 June 2015.

The RMA has introduced significant change to the format of the Statements of Principles determined by it under the VEA.  The changes were introduced to make the relationship between the provisions of the SoPs and the legislative framework for their creation and use clearer, and to make the SoPs more accessible to users. A 'User Guide to the RMA Statement of Principles' is available on the RMA website and can be accessed here.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Congratulations

Congratulations to Paul Coppock on being awarded the OAM


Monday, 1 June 2015

PTSD Coach


DVA’s PTSD Coach Australia is a free mobile app developed specifically for Australian service men and women.
The app is used by thousands of current and former Australian Defence Force members around the world, and receives excellent feedback about how it assists people with the management of their PTSD.

To download from the App Store or Google Play go to
http://at-ease.dva.gov.au/veterans/resources/mobile-apps/ptsd-coach/

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

VVCS Group Programs

VVCS offers a range of group programs that provide a safe and supportive environment in which to learn about issues impacting on mental health and wellbeing.
All VVCS group programs are conducted by facilitators experienced in working with veterans and their families and are provided free to eligible participants. 
To register your interest in attending a program in 2015, phone VVCS on 
1800 011 046


Thursday, 21 May 2015

Planning Ahead

Planning Ahead is a publication designed to help veterans and their families prepare for bereavement


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Advanced Care Directive and Enduring Power of Attorney

Do you know what is required to get an advanced care directive in place? 
If you don't check out the information from Seniors Information Service   here

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

At the meeting of 15 April 2015 the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
- gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer……………………61/2015 & 62/2015
- hepatitis A…..…………………………….…........…63/2015 & 64/2015
- cerebrovascular accident……...…………….…..….65/2015 & 66/2015
- hereditary spherocytosis…………………………….67/2015 & 68/2015
- malignant neoplasm of the bile duct………………..69/2015 & 70/2015

These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions.

Determined to revoke and not reissue SoPs for the following:

                      Declaration (pdf) (Word)
                      Reasons for Decision (pdf) (Word)

- congenital cataract   49/2007 – Revocation & 50/2007 – Revocation
                                Declaration (pdf) (Word)
                                Reasons for Decision (pdf) (Word)

                     Declaration (pdf) (Word)
                     Reasons for Decision (pdf) (Word)
Declarations relating to these decisions will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 12 May 2015.  
The above SoPs and Revocations take effect from 1 June 2015.
The above determinations and revocations conclude the previously advertised investigations.


NEW INVESTIGATIONS

Decided to advertise the following investigations:
- Lyme disease
- diabetes mellitus (focussed review – androgen deprivation therapy)
- cirrhosis of the liver
- external bruise
- opisthorchiasis
- clonorchiasis
- sarcoidosis
- presbyopia
- otosclerosis
- malignant neoplasm of the urethra
- cut, stab, abrasion and laceration
- cholelithiasis
- diverticular disease of the colon
- benign prostatic hyperplasia
- spasmodic torticollis
- polymyalgia rheumatica
- ascariasis
- hookworm disease

The Investigation Notices for these investigations will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 12 May 2015