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Thursday, 19 February 2015

Resignation of CEO RSL SA/NT

It is with great sadness that I advise our CEO, Sam Jackman, has resigned from her position.  Sam has made an enormous contribution to the re-shaping and modernisation of RSL SA/NT.
We are extremely pleased that Sam will be taking what she has learnt onto the national stage where she will assume the role of National CEO of the RSL.

The Board will undertake an assessment of our future needs and commence the recruiting process forthwith.
Until a new CEO is appointed Julia Langrehr will assume the role of Interim CEO with effect Monday, 30 March 2015.

Tim Hanna
President RSL SA/NT

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Easier Access to Mental Health Support for Veterans

Media Release VA004    29 Jan 2015

EASIER ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR VETERANS

The Abbott Government has made it easier for veterans to access mental health support under new arrangements announced today. 
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson said tackling the mental health challenges for veterans and their families was a key priority in the Abbott Government’s plan for improving services for Australia’s service men and women.
"Currently, veterans and eligible current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) are able to access treatment for psychiatrically-diagnosed PTSD, depression and anxiety disorders, whatever the cause."
“Under these arrangements, known as non-liability health care, there does not have to be any link between the mental health condition and military service for the individual to access these services.”
“I am pleased to announce that under the new arrangements, veterans and eligible current and former members of the ADF who are diagnosed with these conditions by vocationally registered general practitioners and clinical psychologists will also be able to access these non-liability health care arrangements.”
“By extending access to non-liability health care to those who are diagnosed by a GP or psychologist we can make sure people are given access to these services as quickly as possible. Early treatment is vitally important in addressing conditions such as these,” Senator Ronaldson said.
Senator Ronaldson said the extension of the non-liability health care built on the Abbott Government’s strong record in providing better services to Australia’s veterans.
“The Government also previously expanded these services to include treatment for alcohol use disorder and substance use disorder and made changes to allow a greater number of people with peacetime service to be eligible for these treatments.”
“The key to good mental health is to take action early and I encourage all veterans and veterans’ representatives to familiarise themselves with the revised arrangements and when required, to seek help that is available,” Senator Ronaldson said.
A psychiatrist's diagnosis is still required for compensation claims relating to mental-health conditions.
For any further information on mental health support for veterans and their families, contact DVA or visit the At Ease website.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Statements of Principles Update

At the meeting of 9 December 2014 the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • malignant neoplasm of the small intestine………………......…1/2015 & 2/2015
  • malignant neoplasm of the testis and paratesticular tissues…3/2015 & 4/2015
  • soft tissue sarcoma..………………………..………....…….……5/2015 & 6/2015
  • epicondylitis………………………………………....….....……….7/2015 & 8/2015
  • shin splints………………………………………..........….……....9/2015 & 10/2015
  • tinea………………………………………………….........…….....11/2015 & 12/2015
  • decompression sickness………………………….......…..…..…13/2015 & 14/2015
  • pulmonary barotrauma……………………………...…....….…...15/2015 & 16/2015
  • dysbaric osteonecrosis……………………………...…....………17/2015 & 18/2015
  • albinism……………………………………………….........……...19/2015 & 20/2015
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease………………………......……..…21/2015 & 22/2015
  • haemophilia……………………………………....…….....……….23/2015 & 24/2015
  • Marfan syndrome………………………………....……….....……25/2015 & 26/2015
  • Gaucher’s disease…………………………………….…....……..27/2015 & 28/2015
  • alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency……………………….......……….29/2015 & 30/2015
  • horseshoe kidney…………………………………….......……….31/2015 & 32/2015
  • Wilson’s disease…………………………………….......…….….33/2015 & 34/2015
  • osteogenesis imperfecta……………………………......………..35/2015 & 36/2015
  • Huntington’s chorea………………………………….......……….37/2015 & 38/2015
  • autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease………..….…. 39/2015 & 40/2015
  • von Willebrand's disease......................................................41/2015 & 42/2015
  • multiple osteochondromatosis..............................................43/2015 & 44/2015
These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions.

Determined new Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • trochanteric bursitis and gluteal tendinopathy…................... .45/2015 & 46/2015
The above SoPs take effect from 27 January 2015.

The above determinations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:
  • malignant neoplasm of the small intestine
  • malignant neoplasm of the testis and paratesticular tissues
  • soft tissue sarcoma
  • epicondylitis
  • shin splints
  • tinea of the skin (now known as: tinea)
  • decompression sickness
  • pulmonary barotrauma
  • dysbaric osteonecrosis
  • albinism
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  • haemophilia
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Gaucher’s disease
  • alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
  • horseshoe kidney
  • Wilson’s disease
  • osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Huntington’s chorea
  • autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease
  • von Willebrand’s disease
  • multiple osteochondromatosis
  • trochanteric bursitis of the hip (now known as: trochanteric bursitis and gluteal tendinopathy)
Download the 'Summary of Changes' regarding SoPs 1 – 46/2015   (pdf – 72 KB)


INVESTIGATIONS 

Decided to advertise the following investigation:
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (focussed review – dust and recurrent lower respiratory tract infection)
The above Investigation Notice will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 13 January 2015