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Tuesday, 31 July 2018

DVA online services are joining myGov


As part of the program to modernise and streamline services, DVA has joined all its online services to myGov to expand self-service to enable veterans and their families to access DVA services online. 

Supported by the myGov platform, MyService is being improved to become DVA's online channel providing a simpler and faster way for veterans and their families to interact with DVA online. For the first time, families and students receiving support through the Education Schemes can now also submit claims and lodge supporting documents online.

Using MyService, current and former ADF members and, for some services, their families can:

  • register as a client
  • lodge a claim for compensation
  • access free mental health treatment
  • apply for an increase in their disability pension
  • view an electronic copy of their DVA Health Card and accepted conditions
  • submit claims for Education Allowance through the Education Schemes
  • keep your personal details up to date
  • track the claims that they make online


From 30 July 2018, DVA veterans and their families will need to register with myGov and link to DVA to access DVA services online. They will only need to do this once and can use the same login and password to access myGov and DVA online services.

Over the next 12–18 months, services available through MyAccount will transition to MyService and DVA clients will notice some changes with how MyAccount operates as DVA make this change.

If you require assistance to register for myGov, contact myGov Support on 13 23 07.

If you have a myGov account, log onto myGov and link to DVA (If you're not registered for DVA online services, you will be asked to register for MyService).

You can also contact DVA on the DVA General Enquiry Line on 1800 555 254 with any further queries or concerns on how to access these services.

Monday, 30 July 2018

DVA Media Release - New Practitioner Support Service


The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
27 July 2018

New Practitioner Support Service to assist in veteran mental health treatment

VETERANS in rural and remote areas will have improved access to mental health experts through a Federal Government initiative.
A new Practitioner Support Service (PSS) that will provide expert advice and consultation to doctors and agencies around Australia who are supporting and treating veterans with mental health issues, was launched today by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Darren Chester.
Mr Chester said that these professionals when working with veterans who have complex issues will now be able to gain access to a panel of highly experienced veteran and military mental health specialists.
“This initiative will strengthen the ability of health professionals and ex-service organisations across Australia to provide appropriate support to veterans in need,” Mr Chester said.
“The service can be accessed by calling 1800 VET777 or through the Phoenix Australia website which also provides links to best practice and professional development.
“A general practitioner, for example working with an individual veteran, in a rural or remote setting will be able to get expert specialist advice on how to best treat and support an individual with complex PTSD, pain or other mental health issues.
In 2016, the Australian Government provided $6 million to Phoenix Australia to establish the Centenary of Anzac Centre (the Centre) to target early intervention for mental health treatment for veterans. The Centre comprises a Treatment Research Centre and a PSS.
The Centre will investigate and test new treatments for PTSD and other mental health conditions and provide expert advice and support to mental health practitioners.
“The PSS is the second arm of the Centre and aims to provide a multidisciplinary focus and guidance on the treatment of complex mental health problems in veterans and military personnel.
“The PSS will engage with a network of clinical experts and other leaders in the field to ensure specific advice is matched to practitioners’ needs and will use a variety of communication methods to ensure the service is available to all practitioners.
“Phoenix Australia has been an international leader in veteran and military posttraumatic mental health for over 20 years, and through the Centre, will greatly assist DVA and the Government in developing innovative policy, programs and services to improve mental health services provided to veterans and their families.”

Monday, 23 July 2018

VVCS Webinar


On Wednesday 1 August from 12pm – 1pm AEST, VVCS are hosting a one hour webinar on Healthy Ageing – Wellness for Veterans.

Register at  www.webcasts.com.au/vvcs010818/



Friday, 20 July 2018

Supporting Younger Veterans Grants


Grants are available to assist organisations help younger veterans to transition into civilian life.

Applications are now open for DVA’s Supporting Younger Veterans Grants program.

For further information about the grants and to apply, visit  www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/supporting-younger-veterans


Wednesday, 18 July 2018

VVCS Group Programs Update


VVCS group programs calendar has been updated across both metro and regional Australia.

Group programs provide veterans and their families the opportunity to better understand and address mental health conditions such as depression, relationship issues, anxiety and sleeping disorders.

To find out more and register your interest, call 1800 011 046 (during business hours) or visit bit.ly/2gPiVwL


Thursday, 12 July 2018

ATDP nomination and application process


The process for applying to undertaking ATDP training or RPL is a multi-part process requiring input from a number of parties.
In order for the process to progress each party needs to ensure that they take the action necessary for the application to proceed to the next step. Much of this relies on automated emails be sent by the ATDP system.
The main issues which can cause a hiccup in this process are:

  • Incorrect email addresses being entered into the system.
    Check and double check that the email address that you are entering is correct.
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  • Automated emails going to Junk Mail folder
    Emails sent by the automated system can sometimes end up in your Junk Mail folder. Check this folder regularly to ensure that you have not missed any of these emails

Monday, 9 July 2018

Will ATDP Training affect my Incapacity Payments?


The  ATDP has been provided with the following advice from the DVA policy area in relation to concerns raised in regard to the possible impact on DVA clients undertaking ATDP Training on their Incapability Payments:

The policy under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act (DRCA) and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act (MRCA) in relation to volunteer work has not changed.  DVA recognises that engaging in voluntary work can have significant medical and social rehabilitation advantages for a person. A training course in order to undertake volunteer work, such as those offered by the  Advocacy Training and Development Program (ATDP), is considered volunteer work. If a person does not have capacity for employment, and is not participating in a return to work rehabilitation plan, volunteer work WILL NOT affect their eligibility for payment nor impact the rate of payment.

Undertaking voluntary work (including the ATDP) alone does not indicate a person could return to employment. A person’s payments may change only if their capacity for employment has changed (as indicated by the person’s treating doctor) and subsequently a rehabilitation plan assists the person to return to paid employment.

Therefore participating in volunteer work alone, including a volunteer training course, will not affect a person’s incapacity or SRDP payments.


Friday, 6 July 2018

Statements of Principles Updates


At the meeting of 6 June 2018 the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SOPs) for:
Condition
SOPs
53/2018
54/2018
55/2018
56/2018
57/2018
58/2018
59/2018
60/2018
61/2018
62/2018

These SOPs revoke the SOPs previously determined for these conditions.

Determined New Statements of Principles (SOPs) for:
Condition
SOPs
63/2018
64/2018
65/2018
66/2018

Determined Amendment Statements of Principles (SOPs) for:
Condition
SOPs
67/2018
68/2018
69/2018
70/2018
The above SOPs take effect from 23 July 2018.

Summary of Changes

Completed Investigations
The above determinations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:
New Investigations
Decided to advertise the following investigations:
  • migraine (focussed review - head trauma)
  • acute stress disorder (focussed review - concerning terms 'eye witness' and 'corpse' and 'casualty' in the plural in the definition of "category 1B stressor")
  • adjustment disorder (focussed review - concerning terms 'eye witness' and 'corpse' and 'casualty' in the plural in the definition of "category 1B stressor")
  • alcohol use disorder (focussed review - concerning terms 'eye witness' and 'corpse' and 'casualty' in the plural in the definition of "category 1B stressor")
  • anxiety disorder (focussed review - concerning terms 'eye witness' and 'corpse' and 'casualty' in the plural in the definition of "category 1B stressor")
  • cardiomyopathy (focussed review - concerning terms 'eye witness' and 'corpse' and 'casualty' in the plural in the definition of "category 1B stressor")
  • cerebrovascular accident (focussed review - concerning terms 'eye witness' and 'corpse' and 'casualty' in the plural in the definition of "category 1B stressor")
  • chronic multisymptom illness (focussed review - concerning terms 'eye witness' and 'corpse' and 'casualty' in the plural in the definition of "category 1B stressor")
  • depressive disorder (focussed review - concerning terms 'eye witness' and 'corpse' and 'casualty' in the plural in the definition of "category 1B stressor")
  • eating disorder (focussed review - concerning terms 'eye witness' and 'corpse' and 'casualty' in the plural in the definition of "category 1B stressor")
  • female sexual dysfunction (focussed review - concerning terms 'eye witness' and 'corpse' and 'casualty' in the plural in the definition of "category 1B stressor")
  • gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer (focussed review - concerning terms 'eye witness' and 'corpse' and 'casualty' in the plural in the definition of "category 1B stressor")
  • gingivitis (focussed review - concerning terms 'eye witness' and 'corpse' and 'casualty' in the plural in the definition of "category 1B stressor")
  • inflammatory bowel disease (focussed review - concerning terms 'eye witness' and 'corpse' and 'casualty' in the plural in the definition of "category 1B stressor")
  • ischaemic heart disease (focussed review - concerning terms 'eye witness' and 'corpse' and 'casualty' in the plural in the definition of "category 1B stressor")
  • multiple sclerosis (focussed review - concerning terms 'eye witness' and 'corpse' and 'casualty' in the plural in the definition of "category 1B stressor")
  • personality disorder (focussed review - concerning terms 'eye witness' and 'corpse' and 'casualty' in the plural in the definition of "category 1B stressor")
  • posttraumatic stress disorder (focussed review - expanding current review Gazetted 9 January 2018 - concerning terms 'eye witness' and 'corpse' and 'casualty' in the plural in the definition of "category 1B stressor")
  • psoriasis (focussed review - concerning terms 'eye witness' and 'corpse' and 'casualty' in the plural in the definition of "category 1B stressor")
  • schizophrenia (focussed review - concerning terms 'eye witness' and 'corpse' and 'casualty' in the plural in the definition of "category 1B stressor")
  • substance use disorder (focussed review - concerning terms 'eye witness' and 'corpse' and 'casualty' in the plural in the definition of "category 1B stressor")
  • suicide and attempted suicide (focussed review - concerning terms 'eye witness' and 'corpse' and 'casualty' in the plural in the definition of "category 1B stressor")
The above investigation notices appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 3 July 2018.