Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Statements of Principles Updates

At the meeting of 12 October 2016 the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SOPs) for:

analgesic nephropathy77/201678/2016
fibromuscular dysplasia79/201680/2016
animal envenomation81/201682/2016
malignant neoplasm of the brain85/201686/2016
acquired cataract87/201688/2016
These SOPs revoke the SOPs previously determined for these conditions.

Determined New Statements of Principles (SOPs) for:

umbilical hernia93/201694/2016
female sexual dysfunction95/201696/2016
complex regional pain syndrome97/201698/2016

Determined Amendment Statements of Principles (SOPs) for:

anxiety disorder99/2016100/2016
panic disorder101/2016102/2016
The above SOPs take effect from 28 November 2016.

Summary of Changes

  • Summary of ChangesPDF

Completed Investigations

The above determinations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:

Monday, 21 November 2016

Soldier On Focus Group

In partnership with the Movember Foundation Australia, Soldier On is looking for male veterans affected by their service to participate in a focus group adressing issues of loneliness and isolation.
These focus groups will be held in Sydney, Newcastle, Albury, Currumbin, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, for up to 12 veterans in each location.
If you are willing to participate, please express your interest here - http://bit.ly/2ensHH5
Movember is an organisation which focuses on men's health, which is why this study is focused on male veterans. However, female partners of affected veterans are also invited to participate in an online focus group.
Please express your interest for this focus group here - http://bit.ly/2fGHhaN

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Advocacy News

Welcome to the second issue of Advocacy News.
This newsletter will keep you up to date with what’s happening in the transition from TIP to the ATDP.
This edition focuses on recognition of prior learning and mentoring.

You can view/download the newsletter here

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

RSL Women's Symposium

Book a place at the RSL-SA Women's Symposium for Friday 25th November and have the opportunity to listen to key speakers discuss topics tailored to women who are serving or have served in the Defence Force or are associated to the Defence Force.

Monday, 14 November 2016

ATDP - Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications are now open for recognition of prior learning (RPL) for Level 2 Welfare and Compensation Advocates. 

Fill out the online form here:
RPL for Levels 1, 3 and 4 will be available next year.
Level 3 and Level 4 Compensation Advocates can also undertake Level 2 RPL if they wish as this will make their RPL at Level 3 or 4 quicker next year.
For more information about RPL, see the DVA website or send an email to ATDPenquiries@dva.gov.au

Thursday, 3 November 2016

ADF Self-Harm and Suicide Prevention Services Review

Everyone is welcome to have their say on self-harm and suicide prevention services available to current and former members of Australia’s defence forces.
In particular, ADF personnel, their families, friends and carers, are invited to share their experiences as are providers - including ex-service and community-based organisations - as well as health professionals.
Your privacy is respected. All survey responses are confidential and you can choose to make a written submission without giving your name or other personal details.
Your input will provide further information and advice to the federal government to help focus future activity so that improvements can be made for the benefit of current and former Defence personnel and those who support them.
This review is being undertaken by the National Mental Health Commission. An interim report to government is due this December, the final report in February 2017.
The survey and submissions close on Tuesday 22 November 2016.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Rebalanced assets test to apply from 01 January 2017

In the 2015 Budget, the Australian Government announced that it would be rebalancing the assets test limits to improve the fairness and affordability of the pension system. These changes have been passed by Parliament and will commence from 1 January 2017.
More than 90 percent of pensioners will either be better off or have no change to their pension under the rebalanced assets test. There will be no change to the existing assets test exemption for the family home.
Assessable assets include things like bank accounts, shares, investment properties and cars.
The assets test affects service pension and income support supplement, as well as pensions paid under the social security law such as age pension. Compensation payments such as disability pension and war widow(er) pension are not affected.

The rebalanced assets test will feature higher assets value limits, allowing pensioners to own a higher value of assets before their pension starts to reduce. Importantly, the increased assets value limits will continue to be indexed each 1 July.
The changes mean that people may receive either an increased rate of income support pension, a reduced rate, or have no change, depending on individual circumstances. More info is available on the DVA website.
More info is available on the DVA website