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25 Jul 2019

AMA members providing care to veterans may find the following articles from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) of interest. The articles cover increase in indexation, provision access to treatmentchanges to allied health referralshealth checks for transition ADF members and new items available through the RAP. 

DVA health items indexed by 1.6% in 2019'  The reintroduction of indexation continues in 2019, with DVA fees for dental and allied health items, and most medical services, indexed by 1.6% on 1 July.  

‘DVA Provisional Access to Medical Treatment (PAMT) trial extended’ – The DVA Provisional Access to Medical Treatment (PAMT) trial has been extended to 30 June 2020. If your ex-Australian Defence Force (ADF) patients have an injury or disease that relate to one of 20 common conditions, DVA can fund medical and allied health treatment while they await the outcome of their liability claim.  

Allied health referral changes deferred to 1 October 2019’ – The treatment cycle supports a more collaborative approach and better communication between a DVA client’s GP and allied health providers.  

‘Annual Veteran Health Checks available for transitioning ADF members from 1 July 2019’ – From 1 July 2019, all those transitioning from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) will be eligible for the Annual Veteran Health Check, every year for the first five years after transition.  

‘New items available through Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP) – DVA has expanded the Rehabilitation Appliance Program. Eligibility has been extended to include electric mobility aids such as scooters and wheelchairs, and providers can now prescribe a range of items such as mobile personal emergency response systems, thickened fluids and ergonomic chairs.  


Published: 25 Jul 2019