Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Statements of Principles Update

At the meeting of 2 & 3 October 2012 the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • myeloma………………………………......69/2012 & 70/2012
  • giant cell arteritis…..………..…………...71/2012 & 72/2012
  • solar keratosis..……..……......….……...73/2012 & 74/2012
  • acute lymphoblastic leukaemia ……......75/2012 & 76/2012
These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions
These determinations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:
  • myeloma
  • giant cell arteritis
  • solar keratosis
  • acute lymphoid leukaemia (now known as: acute lymphoblastic leukaemia)
All of the above SoPs will take effect from 31 October 2012

Determined Amendment SoPs for:
  • malignant neoplasm of the prostate……….77/2012 & 78/2012
to comply with the direction of the Specialist Medical Review Council (Declaration No. 17)
The Amendment SoPs for malignant neoplasm of the prostate take effect from 29 August 2012

Decided to advertise the following investigations:
  • Achilles tendinopathy and bursitis
  • intervertebral disc prolapse
  • malignant neoplasm of the oesophagus
  • tuberculosis
  • albinism
  • alkaptonuria
  • congenital cataract
  • horsehoe kidney
  • Marfan syndrome
  • autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease
  • von Willebrand's disease
  • osteogenesis imperfecta
  • spina bifida
  • haemophilia
  • Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism
  • malignant neoplasm of the gallbladder
  • myopia, hypermetropia and astigmatism
  • dental caries
  • loss of teeth
  • pterygium
  • pinguecula
  • malignant melanoma of the skin
  • non-melanotic malignant neoplasm of the skin
  • mesothelioma
  • systemic lupus erythematosus
  • ischaemic heart disease
  • hallux valgus
  • ingrowing nail
  • lipoma
  • malignant neoplasm of the endometrium
  • anxiety disorder
  • peritoneal adhesions
  • Alzheimer-type dementia - focussed review – PTSD and diabetes mellitus
  • Gulf War syndrome
  • plantar warts
  • Graves' disease
  • Hashimoto's thyroiditis
The Investigation Notices for these investigations will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 31 October 2012.

Download the Summary of Changes regarding SoPs 69-78 of 2012 -  (Word-89kb)

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

VPAD Version 5 Update

VPAD Version 5 is now available for download from the DVA website.

Various fixes, changes and improvements have been made to VPAD Version 5. The major changes are summarised below.

VPAD has now added welfare recording ability. The will allow recording of the welfare activities performed by practitioners. These statistics will also appear on the BEST report generated from VPAD.

Best Reports
The BEST Report has been refined to include new welfare activities statistics and had been modified to assist with BEST Grant Applications.

Installation and Automatic Updates
VPAD is now easier to install and upgrade from previous versions. VPAD will also automatically notify users of updates and patches when they are available.

Redesigned Claimant Screens
Various screens that display claimant information have been updated to allow easier input and viewing of information.

The VPAD toolbar has had four changes:
  • the VPAD Online button has been changed to link to CLIK online;
  • a NEW Welfare Activities button has been added;
  • the EXIT button has been removed; and
  • the icons have been updated.
Improved Help Information
All Help pages have been updated to reflect changes made in Version 5. Screen shots and more detailed information to assist users has also been added.

VPAD Version 5 has been tested against the most popular Microsoft operating systems; Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. It has also been tested with Microsoft Word 2003 and 2010.

Information about downloading and installing VPAD as well as system and user documentation are available from the DVA website.
It is recommended that you make yourself familiar with this documentation prior to installing the new VPAD, especially if you are updating from a previous version.

Click here to go to the DVA VPAD page.

Monday, 15 October 2012

ForwardIT - Easy to understand internet training

What is ForwardIT?

DFEEST SA GovtForwardIT is an online learning tool designed to teach people and provide them with the skills to use the internet safely and securely, at their own pace. The information and resources will enable users to increase their digital literacy skills, confidence and knowledge to allow them to take advantage of broadband to enhance their daily personal, work, leisure and family lives.

ForwardIT is aimed at people new to all things digital, providing easy to understand tutorials on a variety of topics to help them to become more confident online.