What is rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation is designed to assist you if you are injured or become ill as a result of your service. If your injury or illness can be linked to your ADF service and a claim for liability has been accepted, DVA may provide rehabilitation services.

As a member of the Heads of Workers’ Compensation Authorities Australia and New Zealand (HWCA), DVA through the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA) and modern rehabilitation programs, embraces the rehabilitation philosophies outlined in the HWCA Biopsychosocial Injury Management Package.

This package recognises the World Health Organisation’s generic biopsychosocial model and accepts this approach as critical to improving outcomes when managing the rehabilitation of injured or ill people.

Put simply, biopsychosocial injury management is an individual-centred model that considers the person, their health problem and their social context:

  • Biological — refers to the physical or mental health condition.
  • Psychological — recognizes that personal/psychological factors also influence functioning.
  • Social — recognizes the importance of the social context, pressures and constraints on functioning.

The aim is to do everything possible to get you back to at least the same physical and psychological state, and at least the same social, vocational and educational status as you had before being injured or becoming ill.

The type and extent of rehabilitation will depend on the nature and severity of your injury or illness and your particular circumstances.

While you are a serving member, rehabilitation is generally provided through the ADF Rehabilitation Coordinator in Defence, but once you are discharged, medically or otherwise, rehabilitation may be provided through DVA.

Under the Veterans Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA), for those eligible for rehabilitation through the Veterans’ Vocational Rehabilitation Scheme (VVRS), services are available for veterans with or without an injury or illness.

DVA's Rehabilitation Brochure

We recognise that wellbeing means different things to different people. That is why every rehabilitation plan is tailored to suit the individual. DVA's rehabilitation brochure provides information about our rehabilitation programs and sets out how rehabilitation can help our clients. The brochure also highlights the steps our clients will go through in developing a rehabilitation plan that reflects their needs and goals.

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Online Rehabilitation Course

DVA’s Rehabilitation Online elearning course has been designed to provide you with additional information about rehabilitation through DVA. There are eight modules within the course which you can complete at your own pace.

To access the course you will need to be registered with DVAtrain, DVA’s unique learning management system.  To do this, please follow the Instructions for first time users and register on the Online Learning Registration page.

Alternatively if you are already registered with DVAtrain, you can go directly to the DVAtrain Logon page.