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Allied health treatment cycle

From 1 October 2019, referrals for DVA clients to allied health services will be valid for up to 12 sessions or a year, whichever ends first.

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This new ‘treatment cycle’ is being introduced to promote quality clinical care for veterans so they have the best possible prospects for living a healthy life. The treatment cycle places the client at the centre of care and the general practitioner (GP) as the care coordinator. It provides a framework for better coordination and communication between GPs, allied health providers and clients. These arrangements ensure health care and allied health treatment is the most appropriate for the client’s needs.

Do these changes affect me?

These changes will affect you if you are an allied health provider or receive any of the following services:

  • chiropractic
  • clinical psychology
  • diabetes education
  • dietetics
  • exercise physiology
  • neuropsychology
  • occupational therapy
  • mental health occupational therapy
  • orthotic services
  • osteopathy
  • physiotherapy
  • podiatry
  • psychology
  • social work
  • mental health social work
  • speech pathology

Dental and optical services are not affected as they do not require a referral. Referrals to specialist doctors (including surgeons and psychiatrists) remain unchanged.

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