DVA Community Nursing Program
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) provides entitled veterans and war widow/widowers (entitled persons) with access to a range of quality health care and related services, including community nursing services, at DVA’s expense. DVA provides access to community nursing services to meet an entitled person’s assessed clinical and/or personal care needs in their own home under the DVA Community Nursing Program.
Aged Care Workforce Supplement and DVA providers
The requirements of a new Aged Care Workforce Supplement, as part of the Living Longer Living Better Aged Care Reform package, were announced by the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing on Tuesday 5 March 2013.
The initiative will be delivered in two parts – through the Aged Care Workforce Compact and Supplement, and the Aged Care Workforce Development Plan which will be developed during 2013.
Between 1 July 2013 and 31 December 2013, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Veterans’ Home Care and Community Nursing providers may be eligible for increased funding from the date pay rises to their staff take effect (so long as all other requirements have been met). After 31 December 2013, the increased funding for eligible providers who have made a new application will commence from the date the application is received by the Department.
Veterans’ Home Care and Community Nursing providers must commit to using the Workforce Supplement for increased wages. If a provider has an existing enterprise agreement in place as at 1 July 2013, then that enterprise agreement must be updated to be consistent with the terms and conditions of the Compact for the provider to be eligible for the payment.
All eligible providers will need to certify that they meet the terms and conditions of the Compact to apply for the Workforce Supplement.
A pack will be sent to providers over coming weeks including a brochure and fact-sheet. Following that, guidelines will be sent to all employers, which will include details on the application process.
Enquiries should be directed to the firstname.lastname@example.org email address.
Further information on the Workforce Supplement is available at www.livinglongerlivingbetter.gov.au.
Details about Government programs to support the aged care workforce are at www.health.gov.au/agedcareworkforce.
vetAWARE is now available online
Mental health is important for the veteran and ex-service community as mental health issues may arise from military experience.
vetAWARE online is an engaging, interactive and user friendly veteran mental health training package designed specifically for Community Nurses.
The training is free and focuses on the mental health issues of veterans, war widow(er)s and former and current service members. The training has been endorsed by the Royal College of Nursing Australia and offers 10 Continuing Nursing Education points and Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
For information on how to access vetAWARE and navigate the DVA learning management system please see this Quick Reference Guide (Word version).
To access vetAWARE online go to dvatraining.dva.gov.au/register. As a first time user you will be required to register before commencing the training. If you have already registered, you can access vetAWARE by going to dvatraining.dva.gov.au.
Provision of community nursing services
DVA tenders for the provision of community nursing services across Australia to form a Panel of DVA-contracted community nursing providers to deliver community nursing services.
Community Nursing Guidelines
The Guidelines for the provision of community nursing services (Community Nursing Guidelines) outline the DVA-contracted community nursing provider’s clinical and administrative requirements under their contract with DVA.
Classification System and Schedule Fees
Previous Classification System and Schedule of Fees
Other Community Nursing Guides and useful information
Coordinated Veterans Care Program
For information on the CVC Program go to The Coordinated Veterans' Care Program page on the DVA website.
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