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Rehab@DVA - Volume 1, Number 3 - August 2015

A word version of this provider newsletter is available: Volume 1 - No. 3 - August 2015 (DOCX 804 KB)

Goal Attainment Scaling

Goal Attainment Scaling

Goal Attainment Scaling Diagram

Goal: Increase mobility and weight bearing capacity

  • -2: Cannot walk around the block with or without an aid at 3 months
  • -1: Walk around the block once per week with use of aid at 3 months
  • 0: Walk around the block two times per week with use of an aid at 3 months
  • +1: Walk around the block three times per week using the aid sparingly at 3 months
  • +2: Walk around the block three times per week without an aid at 3 months


The following presentation provides an overview of Goal Attainment Scaling and describes the new and amended forms for providers:

Rehabilitation Brochure CoverForms for Providers are avaiable on DVA's Forms Portal:

  • Life Satisfaction Indicators (new form D9230) 
  • Assessment D1334
  • Plan D1347
  • Plan Amendment D1336
  • Plan Progress D1330
  • Plan Closure D1335

For more information about Goal Attainment Scaling and how to use these forms please refer to Chapter 15 - Goal Attainment Scaling in the Rehabilitation Library in CLIK.

Questions and Answers can be found in the Goal Attainment Scaling Q&A document (DOCX 26 KB)

IMPORTANT - New Rehabilitation Assessments undertaken from Monday 17 August 2015 must use these forms.

We value your feedback during this implementation phase and any questions, comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome. Please email these to

Psychosocial Rehabilitation: Things to keep in mind

  • You can read DVA's psychosocial rehabilitation policy online. This policy covers all aspects of DVA’s approach to psychosocial rehabilitation.
  • Always discuss your psychosocial rehabilitation recommendations with the relevant DVA Rehabilitation Coordinator before you write up the initial assessment report and plan.
  • Remember that most psychosocial programs will be short-term in duration. The exceptions are clients with severe and complex disabilities, who may need ongoing psychosocial rehabilitation.
  • DVA is open to new and innovative approaches to psychosocial rehabilitation, as long as all recommendations are justified and underpinned by the principles of our psychosocial rehabilitation policy. 

When justifying your recommendations for psychosocial rehabilitation, always address:

  • The goals* and outcomes of the program
  • How the program will increase the client’s ability to self-manage
  • How the program will be monitored
  • The duration of the program.

*Goals are to be realistic and achievable.

Incapacity payments and rehabilitation

A client participating in a rehabilitation program may also be receiving incapacity payments. Incapacity payments are based on the income the person would have received if not for the injury and are reduced by any earnings or Commonwealth superannuation the person receives. For more information about incapacity payments, see factsheet MRC08 — Benefits for Incapacity for Service or Work.

Non-Liability Health Care

DVA pays for treatment for certain mental and physical health conditions without the need for the conditions to be accepted as related to service. This is known as non-liability health care (NLHC). NLHC allows former and current ADF personnel, depending on their eligibility, to receive treatment for the following conditions:

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

For more information about NLHC check out the NLHC webpage.

Australian Veteran Owned Business

Australian Veteran Owned BusinessThe Australian Veteran Owned Business (AVOB) is a third party certifier which promotes the recognition of Australian Defence Force veteran owned businesses. Check out the AVOB website if you consider this might assist any clients aiming for self-employment.

Quick Links

If a client shows you his or her DVA Health card and/or asks you a question about medical treatment, please refer to the Veterans Health Cards information page on the DVA website.

If a client asks you about aids and appliances, please refer to Rehabilitation Appliances Program information page on the DVA website.

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