Veterans’ Health Check
After you transition to civilian life, you can have a comprehensive health check with your general practitioner (GP).
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The health check
A Veteran Health Check is a comprehensive health assessment with your GP to help you better understand and optimise your health and wellbeing. It provides an opportunity to access early intervention care and appropriate referrals when you need it.
It can help you:
- manage and take charge of your own health
- take action to stay well
- address health concerns early
- develop a relationship with your new GP
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Frequently asked questions
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During the health check
Your health check will depend on your needs.
Your GP may:
- ask about your health and family history
- prescribe treatment
- refer you to other health professionals
- refer you for further tests
- suggest other DVA services and programs to support you
We have developed a comprehensive Veteran Health Check guide to assist GPs to support the Veteran community. You can ask your GP to use this guide. It is also contained in the software of most GP practices. It can also be found online at www.dva.gov.au/provider-health-check or by searching ‘Veteran Health Check’.
Your Veteran Health Check is confidential and your results will not be shared with us unless you ask your GP.
GPs have an ethical, professional and legal duty to their patient’s rights to privacy and confidentiality.
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Who can receive it
One-off Veteran Health Check
You are eligible for the One-off Veteran Health Check if you:
- are a former member of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), including reservists, with at least one day of continuous full-time service (CFTS)
- transitioned out of the ADF at any time.
Annual Veteran Health Check
You are eligible for the Annual Veteran Health Check if you:
- are a former member of the ADF, including reservists, with at least
one day of continuous full-time service (CFTS)
- transitioned out of the ADF from 1 July 2019.
How much you pay
If you use your DVA Veteran Card, there will be no charge to you.
If you are not a DVA client, use your Medicare card to claim a Medicare benefit for the One-off Veteran Health Check.Back to top
How to book
Step 1: Find a GP
Every GP across Australia can conduct the Veteran Health Check.
Step 2: call the GP clinic
Ask whether the GP accepts your Veteran Card or bulk-bills (accepts your Medicare card).
Step 3: ask for a 45-minute appointment
Let your GP clinic know your appointment is for a Veteran Health Check.
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What to bring to your appointment
When you come to your appointment, bring:
- your Veteran Card or Medicare card
- your current medical records (if you are seeing this GP for the first time)
- any questions or concerns you would like to discuss with your GP
After you can no longer claim
Ongoing health checks
You can see your GP for regular health checks anytime, even if you can no longer claim for the one-off or annual Veteran Health Checks.
You can access Medicare benefits for these appointments and claim for some or all costs.
Medicare and bulk-billing
Many GPs bulk-bill which means your GP bills Medicare. You do not pay for bulk-billed appointments.
If your GP does not bulk-bill, you will need to pay for your appointment. You may be able to claim a proportion of this cost from Medicare. This is called a Medicare benefit.
See Medicare for what they cover and how to claim a benefit.Back to top
We offer general practitioners (GPs) custom assessment tools to help assess a veteran's physical and mental health. See our Providers page for more information.Back to top