Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Statements of Principles Updates

At the meeting of 19 February 2014 the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
  • restless legs syndrome………..……20/2014 & 21/2014
  • allergic rhinitis…………………....….22/2014 & 23/2014
These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions.

Determined New SoPs for:
  • somatic symptom disorder…………24/2014 & 25/2014
  • periodic limb movement disorder…..26/2014 & 27/2014
Determined Amendment SoPs for:
  • alcohol use disorder……..…….……29/2014 & 30/2014
  • substance use disorder……….…….31/2014 & 32/2014
  • ischaemic heart disease………..…..33/2014 & 34/2014
These determinations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:
  • restless legs syndrome
  • allergic rhinitis
  • undifferentiated somatoform disorder – [refer to: somatic symptom disorder]
  • periodic limb movement disorder
  • alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse – [now known as: alcohol use disorder]
  • drug dependence and drug abuse – [now known as: substance use disorder]
  • ischaemic heart disease
 All of the above SoPs take effect from 26 March 2014.

Determined Amendment SoP for:
  • chronic lymphoid leukaemia…....…..28/2014
This Amendment SoP concerning CHRONIC LYMPHOID LEUKAEMIA is made in accordance with the direction of the Specialist Medical Review Council, Declaration No. 22 and will take effect from 26 November 2013.

Download the Summary of Changes regarding SoPs 20 – 34 of 2014 - (pdf – 95KB)

Decided to advertise the following investigations:
  • depressive disorder
  • eating disorder
  • adjustment disorder
  • alcohol use disorder (focussed review – perception of threat and/or harm)
  • substance use disorder (focussed review – perception of threat and/or harm)
  • bipolar disorder (focussed review – perception of threat and/or harm)
  • panic disorder (focussed review – perception of threat and/or harm)
  • schizophrenia (focussed review – perception of threat and/or harm)
  • suicide and attempted suicide (focussed review – perception of threat and/or harm)
The Investigation Notices for these investigations appeared in the Government Notices Gazette of 26 March 2014.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Men's Health Peer Education magazine

Men's Health Peer Education (MHPE) aims to raise the veteran community's awareness of men's health issues by encouraging members of the veteran and ex-service community to share the responsibility for managing their own health and wellbeing.

What are the most important issues for and about men? Visit the MHPE website at www.dva.gov.au/mhpe.htm to read the latest issue of the MHPE magazine.

The theme of the March issue is 'The Most'.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Changes to Privacy Laws

Australia’s privacy laws will change on 12 March 2014.
The new laws will apply to Australian Government agencies, private sector businesses and not-for profit organisations covered by the Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act).

The changes to the Privacy Act include a set of new, harmonised, privacy principles that will regulate the handling of personal information by both Australian government agencies and businesses.
These 13 new principles are called the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs). They will replace the existing Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) that currently apply to Australian Government agencies and the National Privacy Principles (NPPs) that currently apply to businesses.

What’s changing?

Under the new laws, from 12 March 2014, it will be easier for Australians to:
  • find out if their personal information will be sent overseas
  •  request access to their personal information held by an organisation or agency
  • request a correction to their personal information held by an organisation or agency
  • access an organisation or agency’s Privacy Policy for more information about how that entity manages personal information.

How to get more information 
For more information about how DVA manages personal information  and to access their Privacy Policy please visit www.dva.gov.au/privacy.htm.

Monday, 3 March 2014

The ON TRACK with The Right Mix App has been UPDATED!
The mobile app designed specifically for current and ex-serving ADF personnel now offers improved features. ON TRACK lets you track your drinking and spending and the impact it's having on your wellbeing and fitness.

Use the App to:
        • Track your drinking and spending in real time or add drinks to previous sessions,
        • Set a budget for a night out and get a reminder when you've reached your budget,
        • Get a personalised wellbeing score based on the amount you drink,
        • Track your drinking, wellbeing and spending through  weekly and monthly graphs,
        • Learn how much exercise you need to do to burn off the alcohol you've consumed,
        • Find out where to get professional help if alcohol is impacting on your daily life.