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.

Rehabilitation in DVA brochure

DVA has a new brochure that outlines the aims, process and best practice principles of DVA's Rehabilitation Program. The brochure provides information about DVA's whole of person approach to rehabilitation and discusses the importance of rehabilitation in assisting individuals to achieve new careers and improved levels of health and wellbeing.

This brochure was written to explain DVA's holistic, individual-centred approach to rehabilitation in a simple and easy format. It sets out why rehabilitation is important and explains a number of current actions and initiatives being undertaken to enhance DVA's ability to restore an injured or ill person to at least the same physical, social, vocational and educational status as prior to their injury or illness.

The brochure includes two client scenarios that follow the DVA rehabilitation journey. These scenarios begin when the client first contacts DVA, and proceed to outline the outcomes arising from DVA's Needs Assessment process to the results each client achieved from a DVA rehabilitation plan, incorporating medical, psychosocial and vocational elements.

Whether you are a current or former defence force personnel looking at how DVA can assist you with your accepted injury or illness, a rehabilitation provider seeking a resource to use with your current or potential clients, or an Ex-Service Organisation seeking a useful tool to encourage members to learn more about rehabilitation services on offer in DVA, this brochure can provide information and be of benefit to you.

To download a brochure which outlines the aims, processes and principles of DVA Rehabilitation, as well as giving some examples of how it can help people to achieve real results please click on the link below:

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