Thursday, 27 July 2017

Gold Cards for BCOF and BNT veterans

The Gold Card (DVA Health Card – For All conditions) is now available for three additional groups of people:

ex-service personnel and civilians who were involved in, or were present at, the British Nuclear Tests at Maralinga, Emu Field and Montebello Islands between 1952 and 1965,

Commonwealth Police, Australian Federal Police and Australian Protective Service Officers who patrolled the Maralinga nuclear test area up to 30 June 1988, and

members of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force who served in Japan between 31 January 1946 and 28 April 1952.

To apply for the Gold Card, complete the application form D9056 available from the DVA website: www.dva.gov.au

For more information see DVA Factsheet DP83, also available from the DVA website: www.dva.gov.au

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Veterans' Health Week

Get involved in Veterans’ Health Week!

This year’s VHW will run from 21-29 October.

If you’d like to organise an event, you can find funding application forms and more info here: http://bit.ly/2sO93dp
Applications close July 31.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

VITA Coverage and ESO Letter of Authority

ESO Letter of Authority

It is a requirement of VITA’s insurance policies that an advocate has a Letter of Authorisation from their ESO.

The letter must be from a member of the ESO’s executive, be dated, and state that it authorises the named advocate to act on that ESO’s behalf in providing advocacy services.
It must also state the level to which the advocate is authorised to act – that is, Level 1, 2, 3 or 4 – and that the advocate’s skills and knowledge are up-to-date. (Under TIP this meant attending a refresher course at least every three years, and with ATDP it means participating in continuing professional development.)

If the advocate does not have a Letter of Authorisation the insurer will not accept liability.

A VITA endorsed sample Letter of Authorisation can be downloaded here.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

RESTORE Trial - Seeking Participants

RESTORE Trial  -  Seeking Participants

An Australian-first research program will help improve treatment for military personnel and veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Phoenix Australia, in partnership with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Department of Defence, is leading the trial of an intensive treatment program for current and former military personnel who have PTSD.

The Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery (RESTORE) trial will assess whether an intensive form of Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy, involving 10 sessions over 2 weeks, is as effective as the standard 10 weeks of weekly PE. PE is considered to be the best treatment available for PTSD.
Intensive treatments have been found to be effective for a range of other mental health conditions and preliminary research suggests its potential effectiveness for PTSD also. If people experiencing PTSD can obtain the same benefits in two weeks of PE as in 10 weeks, it may make the treatment more accessible to those who need it.

The RESTORE trial is seeking to recruit 200 veterans and current serving members from Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. Participants must be experiencing symptoms that are consistent with PTSD and related to a traumatic experience during their military service.
Participants are interviewed and, if suitable for the trial, randomly allocated to attend either daily therapy sessions for two weeks or weekly sessions for 10 weeks. The trial is run from the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) offices in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, and the ADF Centre for Mental Health in Sydney.

Potential benefits to participants are an improvement in their PTSD symptoms and a better quality of life.
As one participant described, “…I got what I wanted- I got my life back, maybe not the same one that I had before, but it is one that I will cherish & enjoy to the fullest…”

If you are interested or would like to refer someone to the trial, please call the centralised RESTORE intake number:

1800 856 824

Email: RESTORE@unimelb.edu.au , or visit www.phoenixaustralia.org/RESTORE

ADF Post-Discharge Health Assessment

To address ex-ADF members’ mental and physical health challenges the Government has introduced the ADF Post-Discharge Health Assessment. 

All former members are entitled to this comprehensive assessment - you do not need to be a DVA client.
You have served your country, make sure you take advantage of the health services that are available to you and designed to help you.

For more information visit  www.at-ease.dva.gov.au/veterans/take-action/adf-post-discharge-gp-health-assessment/ or ask your GP.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Statements of Principles Updates

At the meeting of 6 June 2017 the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SOPs) for:

labral tear36/201737/2017
accommodation disorder38/201739/2017
sickle-cell disorder40/201741/2017
These SOPs revoke the SOPs previously determined for these conditions.

Determined New Statements of Principles (SOPs) for:

femoroacetabular impingement syndrome42/201743/2017
The above SOPs take effect from 31 July 2017.

Summary of Changes

Finalised Declaration for:

ConditionDeclarationReasons for Decision
motor neurone diseasePDFPDF

Completed Investigations

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

New Investigation

Decided to advertise the following investigation:
The above declaration and investigation notice appear in the Government Notices Gazette of
11 July 2017.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

ATDP nomination and application process

The process for applying to undertaking ATDP training is a multi-part process requiring input from a number of parties.
In order for the process to progress each party needs to ensure that they take the action necessary for the application to proceed to the next step. Much of this relies on automated emails be sent by the ATDP system.
The main issues which can cause a hiccup in the process are:

  • Incorrect email addresses being entered into the system.
    Check and double check that the email address that you are entering is correct.
  • Automated emails going to Junk Mail folder
    Emails sent by the automated system can sometimes end up in your Junk Mail folder. Check this folder regularly to ensure that you have not missed any of these emails.

A step by step guide to the nomination/application process can be found here.
(This guide will be available ongoing via the link to the right under 'ATDP Information)

Monday, 10 July 2017

Monday, 3 July 2017

Advocacy News - Issue 5

The fifth issue of Advocacy News is now available.


In this edition we talk about fact or fiction surrounding VITA and the transition from TIP to ATDP.
It highlights the importance of Advocates being properly authorised by their ESO to act on their behalf.
A VITA endorsed sample Letter of Authorisation can be downloaded here.