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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Statements of Principles Update

At the meeting of 8 August 2018 the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SOPs) for:

ConditionSOPs
adrenal insufficiency71/201872/2018
sinusitis73/201874/2018
reactive arthritis75/201876/2018
scrub typhus77/201878/2018
bronchiolitis obliterans organising pneumonia79/201880/2018
These SOPs revoke the SOPs previously determined for these conditions.

Determined Amendment Statements of Principles (SOPs) for:

ConditionSOPs
malignant neoplasm of the breast81/201882/2018
loss of teeth83/201884/2018
tooth wear85/201886/2018
acute stress disorder87/201887/2018
adjustment disorder87/201887/2018
alcohol use disorder87/201887/2018
anxiety disorder87/201887/2018
cardiomyopathy87/201887/2018
cerebrovascular accident87/2018
chronic multisymptom illness87/2018
depressive disorder87/201887/2018
eating disorder87/201887/2018
female sexual dysfunction87/201887/2018
gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer87/2018
gingivitis87/201887/2018
inflammatory bowel disease87/2018
ischaemic heart disease87/201887/2018
multiple sclerosis87/201887/2018
personality disorder87/201887/2018
posttraumatic stress disorder87/201887/2018
psoriasis87/2018
schizophrenia87/201887/2018
substance use disorder87/201887/2018
suicide and attempted suicide87/201887/2018
The above SOPs take effect from 24 September 2018.
An amendment was determined for the Reasonable Hypothesis SOP concerning motor neurone disease. This SOP takes effect from 21 June 2018, and was made under s196B(10) of the VEA at the direction of the Specialist Medical Review Council.

Summary of Changes

Completed Investigations

The above determinations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:
-adrenal insufficiency
-sinusitis
-reactive arthritis
-scrub typhus
-bronchiolitis obliterans organising pneumonia
-malignant neoplasm of the breast (focussed review - breastfeeding)
-loss of teeth (focussed review - tooth wear)
-tooth wear (focussed review - vomiting)
-motor neurone disease (focussed review - (a) traumatic brain injury (b) blows to the head)
-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")

New Investigations

Decided to advertise the following investigations:
The above investigation notices appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 4th September 2018.

Decided to Undertake Consultation regarding:

ConditionReasons for DecisionDate for Final Decision
hypopituitarismIntention to remove one or more factors4/12/2018

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

ASO3 Phone Number


Note that the phone number for the ATDP ASO3, Philip Boys, has changed.

The new number is   0459 286 537


Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Veteran Payment - Update to Special Circumstances Policy


The Repatriation Commission recently endorsed the section of Veteran Payment policy which allows for the extension of the payment period under ‘special circumstances’.

Veteran Payment provides interim income support to eligible veterans who have lodged a claim for a mental health condition under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA) or the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 (DRCA).

Veteran Payment is payable up to 14 days prior to lodgement of a MRCA or DRCA liability claim for a mental health condition, and initially for 42 days following the liability determination.  However, the 42 day period can be extended under ‘special circumstances’.

Under the ‘special circumstances’ policy endorsed by the Repatriation Commission, delegates should continue payment of Veteran Payment after the liability decision until such time as the veteran has transitioned to another income support payment, or has returned to the workforce.  The policy places the onus on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) to ensure that the eligible veteran has another means of financial support in place before ceasing Veteran Payment.

The special circumstances policy has been published on DVA’s CLIK website, at:
http://clik.dva.gov.au/compensation-and-support-policy-library/part-3a-veteran-payment/determination-claim-mental-health-condition/extension-veteran-payment-special-circumstances

Veterans' Health Week 2018




This year Veterans' Health Week (VHW) will be held from Saturday 22 September to Sunday 30 September. The theme is Nutrition.

DVA will partner with ex-service organisations and community groups to organise and participate in fun events that highlight the importance of improving and maintaining good health.

Events based on this year's theme of Nutrition will help veterans and current serving Australian Defence Force members and their families to eat better and smarter. Good nutrition is essential for an individual's health at all ages. Eating well plays a key role in reducing the risk of developing a range of chronic health conditions.

If you would like to attend a VHW event, please review the event schedule for your State/Territory.