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Monday, 30 March 2015

TIP SA Facebook page

As part of our process of improving our passage of information to TIP practitioners in SA/NT, we will be trialing a Facebook page. 
It is hoped that this will provide another level of communication to those who engage with the page as well as providing a networking/discussion opportunity across the TIP SA/NT community.
The Orderly Room will remain your ‘go to’ location for TIP information with the Facebook page complementing this, as well as providing an opportunity to make comments and constructively discuss issues. 
It is expected that all comments and discussion made on the page will follow the rules of common sense and decency. Post that are deemed to be inappropriate or detrimental to the aims of the TIP/ESO community will be deleted. 

You can find us here 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/TIP-SA/658687707570804



Thursday, 26 March 2015

Veterans and ADF members exempt from changes to SRCA

Media Release VA021   Wednesday, 25 March 2015
VETERANS AND ADF MEMBERS EXEMPT FROM CHANGES TO WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LEGISLATION
In recognition of the unique nature of military services, ADF Members and veterans will be exempt from changes to the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA) announced in Parliament today.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson and Assistant Minister for Defence today revealed that ADF members and veterans will be exempt from all but two of the proposed changes.
Senator Ronaldson said the two exempt amendments relate to changes in the calculation of Permanent Impairment Compensation.
“These exemptions will ensure that current and former ADF members will benefit from the proposed increase in the maximum statutory permanent impairment compensation payable,” Senator Ronaldson said.
“They also mean that veterans and current defence personnel will be able to combine multiple injuries that arise from a single incident in order to meet minimum permanent impairment threshold requirements.”
The proposed changes to the SRCA build on the 2012 review of the Act, undertaken by Mr Peter Hanks QC and Dr Allan Hawke AC. The review aimed to address legislative anomalies as well as issues relating to the performance and financial framework of the Act.
Currently all Australian Government employees are covered by the SRCA, including current and former ADF members who are covered under Part XI of the Act, for any injuries which relate to service prior to 1 July 2004.
Mr Robert said the Prime Minister had given approval for excision of Part XI of the SRCA into a separate Act.
“This arrangement recognises the unique nature of military service and will ensure the best possible outcome for all current and former ADF members,” Mr Robert said.
“The excision of Part XI from the SRCA will allow more time for consultation with the veteran and defence community and allow for closer alignment of Part XI clients with contemporary military compensation legislation.”
Current and former ADF members with service related injuries or illness arising from events that occurred on or after July 1 2004 will continue to be provided compensation coverage under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.

The changes to SRCA build on the 2012 review of the ACT undertaken by Mr Peter Hanks QC and Dr Allan Hawke AC. For more information on the proposed amendments to the SRCA visit www.employment.gov.au/SRCActChanges.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

New Mental Health App for Past and Present Military Personnel

A new mobile phone app to help serving and ex-serving ADF personnel manage stress and build their psychological resilience is available to download for free from the iOS app store and Android Google Play.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson and Assistant Minister for Defence, the Hon Stuart Robert MP, officially launched the High Res app saying it was part of the Australian Government’s innovative approach to improving mental health outcomes for defence personnel and younger veterans.
“We recognise the unique nature of military service, which is why we are developing these specifically designed resources for the Defence and veteran community,” Senator Ronaldson said.
“We also recognise the current generation of Defence personnel and younger veterans generally engage with support services differently to older veterans. That is why we are actively developing new products such as High Res.”

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Statement of Principles Update

At the meeting of 11 February 2015 the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • herpes zoster…………………………….………………........…47/2015 & 48/2015
  • Paget’s disease of bone…………………………………....……49/2015 & 50/2015
  • plantar fasciitis……..…………………………………….….......51/2015 & 52/2015
  • neoplasm of the pituitary gland…………………………....……53/2015 & 54/2015
  • seborrhoeic keratosis…..…………………………..….…..……55/2015 & 56/2015
  • malignant neoplasm of the salivary gland..…………….…..….57/2015 & 58/2015
  • spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis…………………………..59/2015 & 60/2015
These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions.
The above SoPs take effect from 30 March 2015.

Download the 'Summary of Changes' regarding SoPs 47 – 60 of 2015.   (pdf – 64KB)

Finalised Declarations

The RMA declared that its does not propose to amend the contents of the current SoPs concerning 'migraine' following a focussed review examining anxiety disorder, depressive disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder as possible causal factors of migraine.  The Authority concluded that the sound medical-scientific evidence available is not sufficient to justify an amendment to these SoPs.
  • migraine - focussed review........................................Declaration - (pdf) - Reasons for decision - (pdf)
In addition, the Authority declared that it does not propose to determine SoPs concerning ‘x-linked myopathy with excessive autophagy’.
  • x-linked myopathy with excessive autophagy.............Declaration - (pdf) - Reasons for decision - (pdf)
The above Declaration Notices will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 10 March 2015.

The above determinations and declarations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:
  • herpes zoster
  • Paget's disease of bone
  • plantar fasciitis
  • neoplasm of the pituitary gland
  • seborrhoeic keratosis
  • malignant neoplasm of the salivary gland
  • spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis
  • migraine (focussed) - anxiety disorder, depressive disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder
  • x-linked myopathy with excessive autophagy

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

CLIK Accessibility


Just how *accessible* is CLIK now?
Access this self paced Orientation to find out features, including accessibility of CLIK


Monday, 2 March 2015

Veterans' Health Cards

The health card arrangements are the main way the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), on behalf of the Australian Government, provides convenient access to health and other care services for veterans, war widows and eligible dependents.
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.

For more information on veteran health cards, click here