Friday, 30 September 2016

ATDP Information Session

Advocacy Training and Development Program information session.
Guest Speaker will be John Cadd - Interim ATDP Deputy Chair, Region 3

Plympton Glenelg RSL 
10am  Friday 7th October

After the presentation a BBQ (small charge) and bar will be open. 

Thursday, 29 September 2016

DVA Advocacy News

Welcome to the first issue of DVA Advocacy News. This newsletter will keep you up-to-date with what’s happening in the transition from TIP to ATDP.

You can view/download the newsletter here

Updated Info on the ATDP

Updated information on the Advocacy Training and Development Program (ATDP) is available on the DVA website.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Appeals process simplified for veterans

Media Release 22 Sep 2016

Veterans will have a simpler appeal system that still affords them access to legal assistance under amendments to the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA) passed by the Senate, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said today.
The amendments provide a single pathway for veterans covered by the MRCA to appeal decisions, first through the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB) — an independent statutory body comprising civilian and former military personnel — then, if necessary, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).
Mr Tehan said veterans now had a simplified appeals process if they were not satisfied with a decision on a claim, starting with an internal review, followed by the VRB dispute resolution process or a full hearing, and, if the veteran was still unsatisfied, the AAT.
“Our focus is making the appeals process faster, simpler and less stressful for veterans,” Mr Tehan said.
“At a VRB hearing a veteran can have their ex-service organisation advocate present and they don’t need to go to the additional expense of engaging a lawyer to represent them. In fact, the VRB does not allow lawyers to represent at the hearing.
“The VRB gives our veterans access to a free, alternative dispute resolution model that has seen 85 per cent of applications finalised in just two months and without the need for a full hearing.
“This is good news for veterans as it avoids the need for a full hearing at the AAT. The aim is to speed up the appeal process and avoid unnecessary costs and delays, this is about improving the system for veterans – it is not designed to create more business for lawyers.
If a veteran does want to engage lawyers to represent them that option is available at the AAT.
“The national rollout of alternative dispute resolution will give veterans an opportunity to discuss their appeal with the VRB in a non-adversarial setting and at an earlier stage than is currently available.”
In the 2016–17 Budget, the Government allocated $2.7 million to the national rollout, which will allow the introduction of a new VRB case management system that will streamline processes and reduce backlogs.
Veterans will be able to lodge and manage appeals and monitor progress electronically in real-time. And in the event that an appeal still proceeds to the AAT, the MRCA will allow the award of costs in certain circumstances—an amendment that specifically addresses concerns raised during consultations.
The single path brings the MRCA appeals process into line with the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 appeals process. It applies to all MRCA primary decisions made on or after 1 January 2017.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Reduced Liability for Some Conditions

DVA has reduced the requirements for liability for five medical conditions, reducing the time taken to process around 600 claims a year.
There are now 13 medical conditions streamlined for acceptance of liability under the VEA or the MRCA.
If a veteran’s doctor diagnoses one of the 13 conditions, DVA can accept it as service-related which means less paperwork and reduced processing time.

Planning Ahead Kit

Planning Ahead is a publication designed to help veterans and their families prepare for bereavement and as a guide to putting your affairs in order.
There is also a checklist that can be used to record the contact details of important people, businesses and organisations that may need to be notified in case of your death.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Planning Ahead

This week is Planning Ahead Week 2016: 12 – 16 September.
Planning Ahead is about taking control of your future. It means that your choices will be known and acted on if you cannot express them yourself at some time in the future.
This may happen if you have a sudden accident, become very ill or develop a condition that affects your memory and your planning ability.
Thinking about your future and making your wishes known in advance can help reduce family stress and conflict during times of crisis.
It is important for all adults to understand the benefits of early planning. Various legal tools are available to help secure future health, financial, legal and personal choices – such as:
• Advance Care Directives
• Enduring Power of Attorney
• Wills
• Registration for organ and tissue donation.
Visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/planningahead for further information and resources, including a short animated video which you can watch and share with your family, friends and colleagues about the importance of Planning Ahead.
It talks about what you can do, how, and why we all need to discuss our wishes with our loved ones.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Non Liability Health Care

If you have a family member who served in the ADF and is struggling with substance use issues, DVA can offer support today.
Help is available right now for any current or former permanent ADF member experiencing PTSD, depressive disorder, anxiety disorder or alcohol and substance use disorders.
The condition does not need to be linked to their military service.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Statement of Principles Updates

At the meeting of 2 August 2016 the RMA:

Determined New Statements of Principles (SOPs) for:

antiphospholipid syndrome69/201670/2016
incisional hernia73/201674/2016
Scheuermann's disease75/201676/2016
The above SOPs take effect from 26 September 2016.

Summary of Changes

Finalised Declaration for:

ConditionDeclarationReasons for Decision
malignant neoplasm of the bladderPDF WordPDF Word
The Authority declares that it does not propose to amend Statements of Principles, Instrument Nos. 96 and 97 of 2011, concerning malignant neoplasm of the bladder for the reason that there is insufficient new sound medical-scientific evidence available to justify an amendment to the Statements of Principles already determined in respect of malignant neoplasm of the bladder

Completed Investigations

The above determinations and declarations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:

New Investigations

Decided to advertise the following investigations:
The above in the Government Notices Gazette of 6 September 2016.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Homes for Heroes

Homes for Heroes provides care and service to young veterans who have had some trouble assimilating back into society and find themselves homeless. 
Come and listen to Ben Challinor with an update on the program. 
Register Now to Nelda Aldrete at nel.aldrete@rslsa.org.au