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Rehab@DVA - Volume 3, Number 2 - April 2017

The Rehabilitation Aids and Appliances Program (RAP)

The RAP National Schedule of Equipment lists aids and appliances that may assist entitled persons with their daily living activities as part of the overall management of their health care. The items listed on the Schedule fall into the following broad categories:

  • speech pathology
  • personal response systems (PRS)
  • continence
  • diabetes
  • oxygen and continuous positive airways pressure (CPAP)
  • mobility and functional support (MFS)
  • cognitive, dementia and memory assistive technology
  • falls prevention
  • low vison
  • prosthesis
  • footwear
  • hearing appliances

What’s new in RAP?

On 1 April 2017, the RAP National Schedule of Equipment was enhanced to include two new items under the:

AW00 – Prostheses category:

A basketball being held with a human hand and a prostehetic deviceProsthetic recreational sports aids: These aids are upper limb prosthetic hand extensions which enable participation in sports and recreational activities such as basketball, swimming, golf and bicycling.

Adaptive recreational sports aid for amputees: These aids will facilitate participation in sports and recreational activities for this group of amputees as well as for those who wish to participate in activities that do not require prosthesis, such as wheelchair basketball or tennis. Items in this category are not prosthetic extensions and their use may, or may not, necessitate use of the veteran’s prosthetic limb. 

In addition to the new prostheses items, a knee walker/scooter has also been added to the schedule. The knee walker/scooter is a mobility device for people who are non-weight bearing due to foot and ankle surgery or a lower limb injury.

Access a copy of the updated RAP Schedule and further information about RAP.



Kookaburra Kids Foundation

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the Treasurer have recently announced a $2.1 million pilot program to support the children of Australian war veterans with mental health conditions. The federally funded program will be run by the Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation enabling families to access programs for children aged from 8 to 18.

The first pilot programs are scheduled to commence in mid – 2017 in both NSW and ACT. The program will continue to use the existing model which is tailored to the unique needs of this client group. The inclusion of recreational and educational camps for the children of veterans with mental health conditions aims to assist children in building resilience and coping skills. Visit the Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation for more information on supports available, referrals and upcoming Kookaburra Kids Camps.

Effective assessment, treatment and management of substance abuse amongst veterans


The Mental Health Professionals’ Network, on behalf of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs is producing a free webinar series to support practitioners to better respond to the mental health needs of veterans.

Register now to attend the fourth webinar in the series, Tips for the Effective Assessment, Treatment and Management of Substance Abuse Amongst Veterans, on Tuesday 18 April from 7.15 – 8.30 pm AEST.

Attend this webinar to improve your ability to support veterans by increasing your understanding of substance abuse amongst veterans and evidence-based psychological and medical treatments to manage substance abuse. View the learning objectives and panellist details. 

No need to travel to benefit from this free PD opportunity. Simply register and log in on the night to participate from home, or anywhere you have a computer or tablet with a high speed internet connection.

Questions?  Call MHPN on 1800 209 031 or email

Learn more and register now.

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App to Help Veterans Manage Symptoms of PTSD

Logo - PTSD coach AustraliaPTSD Coach Australia app helps veterans understand and manage the symptoms that may occur following exposure to trauma. It provides education about PTSD, information about self-assessment and professional care, and self-help tools to manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD. The app can supplement clinical treatment and can be used as a support tool when clients are between clinical sessions and need assistance with managing their symptoms.  

A YouTube video has been created to help providers gain an overview of the app and how it can be used with clients as part of treatment,

The PTSD Coach Australia app is free from the iOS App Store and Google Play. The complete range of DVA eMental Health apps and websites are accessible at

The Veterans Men’s Shed – Changing the Lives of Veterans

Two men at a workbench fixing a tableThe Shed and Memorial Garden at Glenelg North, South Australia is the first Veterans shed registered with the Australian Men’s Shed Association that is specifically intended for veterans of all conflicts, and anyone who served in the Australian uniform regardless of whether or not they saw operational service. The aim of the Veterans Shed is to create and maintain an environment for veterans and ex-service personnel where concerns, past trauma, health issues and welfare issues can be discussed with other veterans who have empathy through similar life experience in operational areas. The Veterans Shed is named after William Kibby, an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross.

Research undertaken in 2013 on behalf of the Australian Men’s Sheds Association and Beyond Blue found that Men’s Sheds are ideally placed to serve as a primary health initiative and that awareness of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety are improved through Shed memberships.  Many of the psychosocial needs often faced by veterans can be addressed through participation in the types of activities available through the Men’s Sheds networks.  More details on the types of support and benefits from participating and specific information about the Kibby VC Shed, can be found on the Veterans Shed website.

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