Thursday, 31 May 2012

Veterans' Health Week

Veterans’ Health Week will be held from Monday 22 to Sunday 28 October this year. The aim is to raise awareness and encourage participation in activities that promote and maintain the health and wellbeing of veterans, war widows, widowers, their families and carers.

This year’s theme focuses on the Australian Government’s vision of a socially inclusive society:
Social Inclusion – Learn, Work, Engage and Have a Voice.

But why wait until October to enjoy a stronger, healthier and happier life – why not start today?

Monday, 28 May 2012

eHealth Record System Comming Soon

e-Health logo.Australia’s new personally controlled electronic health record (eHealth record) system will be introduced in July 2012. It will be a quicker, easier way for you to manage your health care information.
Veterans, war widows and widowers with chronic conditions will particularly benefit from having an eHealth record. The record will allow you and your health care providers to better coordinate your care as, with your consent, your key health information will be accessible anywhere and anytime.
DVA will continue to provide information to the veteran community in the coming months on how the system will benefit them. For more information on the eHealth record system visit the ehealth information page.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Entitlement Self Assessment

Entitlement Self Assessment is an online process that comprises a series of questions to help existing and prospective DVA clients to assess potential entitlements.
It may be completed by:
 •A member or former member of the Australian Defence Force including Reserves and Cadets
 •A Commonwealth or allied veteran including eligible civilians and peacekeepers
 •A former Australian or allied mariner
 •A dependant (including partner / spouse or child) of the persons above

How long will it take to complete?
The assessment can take between 10 to 20 minutes to complete depending on your specific circumstances.

What will you need?
Where applicable, you may be asked questions relating to service, dependent family members and any current benefits you may be recieving. It is good to have this information close by before you start.

The Entitlement Self Assessment makes no recommendation as to which entitlements or benefits you should apply for and gives no guarantees regarding your eligibility.
You may be eligible for entitlements or benefits other than those displayed by the Entitlement Self Assessment.
The Entitlement Self Assessment is not a substitute for your own judgement, own enquiries and/or independent advice.

The Entitlement Self Assessment can be accessed from the DVA website     here

Monday, 14 May 2012

MyAccount - Veteran service goes online

A new website, offering veterans a more immediate way of conducting business with DVA has been launched.

MyAccount is an online service centre where clients can engage with the Department anytime, anywhere and all they need to get started is a computer and internet connection. It is a new innovation in service delivery for the veteran and Australian Defence Force communities.

MyAccount offers a variety of services including:
  • viewing and requesting forms and factsheets
  • booking transport to medical appointments
  • viewing payments and card information
  • requesting replacement cards
  • lodging travel claims
  • requesting additional entitlements
  • changing contact details
  • viewing the status of claims
This website responds to the evolving needs of the veteran community, offering clients choice, control and convenience when contacting DVA, without the restrictions of physical location or business hours.

The service is not intended to replace traditional means of communicating with the Department but is another channel in which to engage with it.
You will still be able to contact DVA via phone, face-to-face, fax, email or mail. The Department will also continue to contact you using these channels.

MyAccount is an evolving service and additional features will be added over time. The service is optional and veterans who wish to set-up an account can phone 1800 173 858 to receive a personal registration number.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

VPad Operating System Poll

VPad Version 5 Development
Development has been approved and is underway to build version 5.0.0 of VPAD. 
This new version will fix common problems reported by ESO’s and also include some enhancements to assist with BEST Grants. Many data and cosmetic changes are being made which include amended reports and welfare recording capability. 

Operating System Poll
System compatibility is an ongoing issue with VPAD. For example, when VPAD is installed on newer operating systems such as Windows Vista or Windows 7.
To ensure better testing and performance of version 5, it will be tested against some of the more popular operating systems.
Please take time to complete the poll below. Only one person in each ESO branch needs to complete the poll on behalf of the branch and should take less than a minute to complete. 

POLL    Please complete the poll by 31 May 2012

Links have also been added below to assist with finding out this system information.
How to find out operating system and bit version information:

Statements of Principles Updates

At the meeting of 3 & 4 April 2012 the RMA:
Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • psoriasis.……………………….……….…......31/2012 & 32/2012
  • tinnitus……………………………………….....33/2012 & 34/2012
  • otitic barotrauma…...…………..…................35/2012 & 36/2012
  • carotid arterial disease……..…....……..…....37/2012 & 38/2012
(These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions)
All of the above SoPs will take effect from 2 May 2012
These determinations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:
  • psoriasis
  • tinnitus
  • otitic barotrauma
  • carotid arterial disease
Decided to advertise the following investigations
  • cerebrovascular accident
  • fracture
  • gastric ulcer & duodenal ulcer
  • Meniere’s disease
  • alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
  • Gaucher’s disease
  • Huntington’s chorea
  • Wilson’s disease
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  • multiple osteochondromatosis
  • hereditary spherocytosis
  • myasthenia gravis
  • plantar fasciitis
  • malignant neoplasm of the bile duct
  • cardiomyopathy
  • chicken pox
  • herpes zoster
  • hepatitis A
  • hepatitis E
  • acute stress disorder
  • familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
The Investigation Notices for these investigations appeared in the Government Notices Gazette of 2 May 2012
Download the Summary of Changes regarding SoPs 31-38 of 2012 here