2020 has been an incredibly challenging year with every Australian feeling the pressures of adjusting to the ‘new normal’. These pressures are being felt across the nation and may present additional health challenges to veterans and their families.
DVA understands these challenges and is committed to providing veterans with easier access to health care, particularly in times of crisis. All Australian Defence Force ADF members who transition on or after 1 July 2019, and served at least one day’s continuous full-time service, can now access a comprehensive fully-funded health assessment from their GP each year for the first five years following transition.
The Veteran Health Check is specifically designed for veterans and can be accessed through your community or family GP. It can assist you and your GP to identify and support the onset of physical and mental health conditions common in the years following transition, and organise for early and targeted referrals.
Your GP may also make referrals for additional tests, treatment or assessment by other health professionals, and can refer you to relevant DVA services or programs. You will need your DVA Health Card to access annual Veteran Health Checks. Make sure to check that your GP accepts DVA Health Cards when making an appointment.
To find out more, including how to apply for your DVA Health Card, please visit the Veteran healthcare cards page.
If you transitioned from the ADF prior to 1 July 2019, you will still be able to access a one-off comprehensive Veteran Health Check (also known as the one-off ADF post-discharge health assessment) from your GP at any time after you transition. A Medicare rebate is available for this.
Watch our Youtube video to learn more about Veteran Health Checks.
For more information, please visit the Veteran Health Check page.