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Provisional Access to Medical Treatment Trial

About the trial

Provisional Access to Medical Treatment (PAMT) is a two-year trial to provide veterans with access to medical treatment for specified conditions while their claim for liability under the Military Rehabilitation Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA) or Safety Rehabilitation Compensation (Defence-related claims) Act 1998 (DRCA), is being processed.

See also: Instrument 2017 No. R20 - Veterans’ Entitlement (Provisional Access to Medical Treatment) Determination

Opening and closing dates of the PAMT trial

  • The PAMT trial runs from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2019.
  • The trial closes to new claims on 31 March 2019.
  • Treatment under the PAMT will cease for all claims at 30 June 2019.

Who is eligible?

The trial is open to former ADF members, part-time Reservists, and cadets or declared members:

  • who make a claim for a service related injury or disease under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related claims) Act 1988 (DRCA) or Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA) on or after 1 July 2017 and before 1 April 2019
  • whose claim relates to one or more specified conditions.

Serving members are ineligible for the trial as their health care needs are the responsibility of the Defence forces.

However, serving members who discharge prior to 1 April 2019 would be eligible to participate from the date of discharge.

If you hold a Gold card the PAMT trial will not be applicable as you are already able to receive treatment for all conditions, regardless of whether they are service related or not.

What are the specified conditions?

The PAMT trial provides access to medical treatment for the following 20 specified conditions:

Achilles Tendinopathy and Bursitis
Chondromalacia Patella
Cut, Stab, Abrasion and Laceration
Internal Derangement of the Knee
Intervertebral Disc Prolapse
Joint Instability
Labral Tear
Lumbar Spondylosis
Non-melanotic Malignant Neoplasm of the Skin
Plantar Fasciitis
Rotator Cuff Syndrome
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Shin Splints
Solar Keratosis
Sprain and Strain
Thoracic Spondylosis

How do I gain access to the trial?

Access to the trial is automatic if you lodge a claim for injury or disease between 1 July 2017 and 31 March 2019 and you meet the eligibility requirements.

Do I get notified of my access to the trial?

Yes, after you lodge a claim you will receive a letter acknowledging receipt of your claim which will also include information regarding the PAMT trial and a PAMT Confirmation form to be completed by your doctor.

Claims received before 18 June 2018

If you lodged claims for any of the specified conditions after 1 July 2017 but before 18 June 2018 you will receive a letter from DVA saying that you may be eligible to obtain reimbursement of your privately incurred medical costs relating to the claimed condition(s).  You will need to complete Form D9338 Medical Expenses Privately Incurred (MEPI) which will also be included in the letter.

Further information on claiming Medical Expenses Privately Incurred can be found at Factsheet HS64 - Medical Expenses Privately Incurred

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