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News N Views February 2017

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Read February 2017 edition of News n Views by clicking here:  News n Views Feb 2017

Non-Liability Health Care

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DVA Factsheet HSV109 –  More information may be obtained by selecting one of the links or by contacting the Advocate’s office located at Kenmore-Moggill RSL Block 5, Fairview Aged Care Pinjarra Hills. Contact numbers are located on this site under Advocacy and Welfare.

Purpose

This Factsheet is about non-liability health care treatment available to current and former members of the ADF, including who is eligible and how to apply to access treatment.

What is non-liability health care?

Non-liability health care allows former and current ADF personnel, depending on their eligibility, to receive treatment for the following conditions:

  • Cancer (Malignant Neoplasm);
  • Pulmonary Tuberculosis;
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD);
  • Depressive Disorder;
  • Anxiety Disorder;
  • Alcohol Use Disorder; and
  • Substance Use Disorder.

There is no need to establish that these conditions were caused by your service. However, the specific conditions for which you may be eligible to receive treatment depend on the period in which you served or, in some cases, the nature of your service (e.g. service on operational deployments).

Am I eligible?

All current and former members with continuous full-time service (CFTS) are eligible for treatment of the following conditions:

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD);
  • Depressive Disorder;
  • Anxiety Disorder;
  • Alcohol Use Disorder; and
  • Substance Use Disorder.

Non-liability health care treatment of Cancer (Malignant Neoplasm) and Pulmonary Tuberculosis is available to those with the following types of service:

  • eligible war service under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA)
  • operational service under the VEA
  • warlike and non-warlike service under the VEA or the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA)
  • peacekeeping service
  • hazardous service; or
  • British Nuclear Test defence service as defined in the VEA.
  • completed 3 years CFTS between 7 December 1972 and 6 April 1994; or
  • were discharged on the grounds of invalidity or physical or mental incapacity to perform duties before completing 3 years CFTS between 7 December 1972 and 6 April 1994, but were engaged to serve not less than 3 years; or
  • were a National Serviceman serving on 6 December 1972 and completed your contracted period of National Service.

How do I apply?

To apply for non-liability health care for cancer of pulmonary tuberculosis, you need to fill out application form D9215 Application for Health Care for Cancer (Malignant Neoplasm) and Tuberculosis and return it to DVA using the directions provided on the form.

There is no need to lodge an application form for non-liability health care for PTSD, anxiety disorder, depressive disorder, alcohol use disorder or substance use disorder. However, you can complete form D9213 Application for Health Care for Certain Mental Health Conditions, if you wish to do so. Alternatively, you can email your request for non-liability health care for these conditions to [email protected], or apply over the phone by calling DVA on the General Enquiries numbers listed at the end of this Factsheet.

You may need to provide proof of identity, and your service records will be examined to check your service eligibility.

For cancer and pulmonary tuberculosis, a diagnosis by an appropriately qualified health professional is also required as part of the application process. A diagnosis of cancer (malignant neoplasm) or pulmonary tuberculosis can be made by your treating medical practitioner.

For mental health conditions, a diagnosis is not required at the time of application in order for treatment to be approved. However, a diagnosis is required within six months of the date of approval if treatment is to continue past that period. A diagnosis can be made by a psychiatrist, a general practitioner (GP) or a clinical psychologist.

What treatment is covered?

A range of treatments may be available to you. These could include treatment from a general practitioner, medical specialist, psychologist, social worker, occupational therapist, psychiatrist, hospital services, specialist PTSD programs, pharmaceuticals, or oncologist services as required to treat the condition

If you are found to be eligible you will be issued with a DVA Health Card – for specific conditions (White Card). More information on the treatment available can be found in Factsheet HSV61 DVA Health Card – Specific Conditions (White).

How will this affect my compensation claims?

Non-liability health care entitlements are entirely separate to the process of claiming compensation. Compensation for accepted conditions is paid on the basis that the condition is related to your service. Non-liability health care treatment is provided regardless of the cause of your condition. This means that if you claim compensation for a condition for which you are also eligible to receive treatment under non-liability health care and the compensation claim is not accepted, you may continue to be eligible for non-liability health care.

Disclaimer

The information contained in this Factsheet is general in nature and does not take into account individual circumstances. You should not make important decisions, such as those that affect your financial or lifestyle position on the basis of information contained in this Factsheet. Where you are required to lodge a written claim for a benefit, you must take full responsibility for your decisions prior to the written claim being determined. You should seek confirmation in writing of any oral advice you receive from DVA.

Related Factsheets

Related Forms

More Information

DVA General Enquiries

Metro Phone: 133 254 *

Regional Phone: 1800 555 254 *

Email: [email protected]

DVA Website: www.dva.gov.au

Factsheet Website: www.dva.gov.au/factsheets

* Calls from mobile phones and pay phones may incur additional charges.

War Widows Pension and the Pension Changes 1 Jan 2017

 

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You may have read reports in the media about some widows claiming to have lost their War Widows pension because of recent changes to the assets test.

Those reports are inaccurate.

The facts are that the War Widows pension is not means tested and is not affected by changes to the assets test which came into effect on 1 January 2017.  It is therefore not possible for a widow to lose their War Widows pension because of the recent changes.  (Please also note that the changes to asset testing is a Government initiative, not DVA).

However DFWA understands that some War Widows may have been affected by the changes, specifically those widows in receipt of a supplementary pension, which may have been affected as a result of the changes to the assets test.

By way of explanation, some widows were offered and elected to receive a lump sum compensation payment instead of an ongoing War Widows pension (this being dependent upon which Parliamentary Act was involved at the time of application).  Such widows then do not receive a War Widows pension, although are still classified as War Widow (and have a DVA Gold Card).  This is because the War Widows pension is classified as compensation and one cannot be compensated twice (because of having received a lump sum).  However – and this is where the confusion lies – they may still qualify for a supplementary pension.  Some widows mistakenly view that supplementary pension as being their “War Widows pension” – it is not, and unlike the full War Widows pension, is subject to asset testing.  Thus, the recent changes to asset testing mean that some widows may had had their supplementary pension affected (but retain their Gold Card).

All widows should be reassured that any widow who is affected by the recent changes to asset testing will have received a letter from DVA some time ago explaining their personal circumstances.

 Should you have any questions on this matter or your pension and entitlement payments, please contact the DVA and/or Centrelink, depending on your personal circumstances, noting that our advice is just that – advice, albeit given in good faith and to the best of our knowledge and understanding.

Advice provided through the VVAA.

 

Concert by the Stream – RSL Centenary

Free Afternoon of

Family Fun & Music 

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Commemorate the Centenary of the RSL
and to say thank you for your ongoing support

Free Afternoon of Family Fun and Music

Sunday 4 December

1:00pm to 5:00pm

Pine Rivers Park Strathpine

Featuring
Rock Climbing Wall
Rides
Animal Petting Zoo
Food, Drinks and more!
This is a free concert

 

Featuring James Blundell concert-1_pe  

The John Abbot Band  and  Fred Smith

More information contact

Gary Lancaster  0401642521

Bruce Miller 0437 617 720

Tony Smith 0416 224 762

 

 

News n Views August 2016

Read the latest copy of New n Views by clicking here.

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Emotions flow on trip to Timor

August 4, 2016

LAST week 27 Australian veterans returned from an emotional 10-day visit to the Republica Democratica de Timor L’Este.

blahOrganised by Gary Stone and sponsored by the Queensland RSL branch, it was the first time many had ret­urned since Australian-led INT­ERFET forces intervened as East Timor transitioned from Indonesian occupation in 1999.

What they discovered then was a nation in ruins, its precious but minimal infrastructure deliberately and wantonly destroyed as the bitter, vengeful Indonesians reluctantly withdrew.

What many had not seen nor properly understood was the equally bitter 25-year conflict between Timorese Falantil and Fretilin guer­illas against the occupying Indonesians, who had in Timorese eyes simply replaced Portugal as the occupying power.

In late 1975, when Australia was itself racked by political upheaval and in the post-Vietnam environment, no government was prepared to commit to another Asian war, Indonesia was able to seize both East Timor and the Oeccussi enc­lave in a swift, brutal invasion.

Even the murder of five Australian journalists at Balibo on October 16, 1975 did not convince timid Australian politicians to intervene.

For many serving in the ADF at the time it was seen as a betrayal of the Timorese who, at great cost, had loyally supported Australian commandos during 1942 as Japan swept relentlessly south.

Perhaps if those same Australian politicians could have known that thousands of Timorese would be murdered, “disappeared” or relocated by the Indonesians over the next quarter century they might have acted, but the reality is they did not.

Estimates vary but approximately 200,000 Timorese died during Indonesia’s brutal occ­upation and, according to Timorese tradition, the nation is attempting to locate and ­recover the remains of the missing so their spirits can be at peace.

During their visit, Australian veterans were joined by Timorese veterans of the guerilla war against Indonesia, men and women who showed them battle sites where they had ambushed Indonesian forces, and the caves where they had hidden, many of them for years separated from families and communities.

It was a story many Australian veterans had not known and they were deeply moved when shown memorial mausoleums containing thousands of Timorese flag-draped coffins of recovered remains.

Witnessing a repatriation ceremony at Natarbora for ano­ther 510 sets of remains, they could not hide their emotion as they compared that ­occasion with the recent repatriation of Australian war dead from Terendak cemetery in Malaysia.

Last week at Balibo they discovered a thriving, vibrant community in stark contrast to the silent, deserted, devastated ruins INTERFET forces witnessed on their arrival in 1999.

As the kindergarten choir from the Australian-sponsored Balibo Five primary school sang a welcoming song, some veterans were able to exorcise their personal demons that had haunted them since their own Timor service.

Timor and its people still have a long way to go but, des­pite their differences with Australia over the Timor Gap oil resources, they are grateful for what Australia has done for them since 1999. For the Diggers it finally made their sacrifices seem worthwhile.

Vietnam Commemorative Concert

 

To honour all who served in Vietnam in the Australian Navy, Army, and Air Force and to remember those who gave their lives for the cause.

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This one-off event is open to all…..Come listen to the iconic songs and stories of the 1960-70s reflecting those heady, uncertain times of great political and social change.  Veterans, their families, friends, and the wider public are encouraged to attend this first class commemorative event being kindly subsidised by the Department of Veteran Affairs and the RSL thus allowing subsidised ticket prices . During the concert significant actions fought by the three services during the long Vietnam War will be highlighted including the iconic Battles of Long Tan and Coral-Balmoral, our naval gun-line actions off the coast of Vietnam and the superb support throughout by the RAAF and medical staff.

Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank on Sunday 21 August at 3 pm

Tickets $ 30 per person  –  through Ticketek on-line or telephone now. To order on-line please Click Here.

Results from the Shell Green Cricket Match – 2016

Shell Green Commemorative T20 Cricket Match

Shell Green Commemorative T20 Cricket Match

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This year’s match(2016) was one by Australian Army, which squares the contest at two all at this stage with the first every match being a tie.  It is an incredibly competitive environment with Brookfield taking the match in 2015 on the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli and Army have certainly taken their revenge in 2016.

Player of the match was Martin Blackman from Australian Army and next year we are looking forward to an even bigger crowd as the popularity and stature of this event grows and grows.  The winner of the limited edition framed print of the Anzacs in Egypt was Leanne West, and James Robinson picked up the Australian Army match shirt with the Australian Cricket team signed bat in the lunchtime auction.

For a full list of both teams and completed score sheets select here: Shell Green (002)

 

 

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience

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The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience is a free, traveling exhibition and the flagship community event of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary national program, opening in Brisbane on the 17th June 2016.

With over 200 genuine artefacts from the Australian War Memorial, the
exhibition recreates First World War environments and pays tribute to the Anzac spirit and its enduring legacy.

Please note that this is a free exhibition, but those wishing to attend must book a suitable date and time.  These bookings can only be made on the Anzac Centenary Experience Website.   Click here for full booking information and a wonderful video.

 

 

 

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