Minister for Veteran’s Affairs, The Hon Darren Chester MP, has announced that the introduction of new treatment cycle arrangements has been delayed and the new system will be introduced on 1 October 2019 instead of 1 July 2019.
This means that between 1 July 2019 and 30 September 2019 there are no changes to existing referral arrangements for Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA) clients, including those clients who have a Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) Gold Card. Allied health providers should continue to provide DVA clients with clinically necessary treatment under existing referrals.
AHPA is grateful for the Minister’s intervention and recognition that DVA clients, allied health providers, and general practitioners need more support and more detailed information before the treatment cycle commences.
The updated starting date of 1 October 2019 will now allow DVA to work closely with key stakeholders to address issues that have been identified through recent feedback and ensure there is a smooth transition for veterans and providers. DVA will release detailed guidance on the treatment cycle arrangements before they take effect.
Referral arrangements for TPI DVA clients
During the recent Federal election, the Government announced the treatment cycle will not apply to physiotherapy or exercise physiology services for DVA clients who have a TPI Gold Card. When the treatment cycle commences on 1 October 2019, current referral arrangements will continue to apply for TPI clients for exercise physiology or physiotherapy services where these services are clinically necessary.
The treatment cycle will apply from 1 October, 2019, for TPI clients for referrals to other allied health services.
Further consultation and communication
DVA has advised that they will consult provider associations to ensure health providers have clear guidance on the treatment cycle before it starts on 1 October 2019. If you have feedback about the treatment cycle, please contact your professional association.
For further information about the Treatment Cycle Initiative, please visit the DVA website.