Veterans' Health Check - Providers

Last updated: 
6 December 2019

We support health checks for veterans to help them stay well after they move into civilian life.  We offer general practitioners (GPs) custom assessment tools to help assess a veteran's physical and mental health.

Types of health checks

We offer the:

  • One-off Veteran Health Check for a veteran to have once, any time after they leave the Australian Defence Force (ADF)
  • Annual Veteran Health Check for a veteran to have each year for up to 5 years after they leave the ADF

Watch our Youtube video to learn more about the 2 types of health checks. 

We recommend 45 minutes to conduct a check. Depending on the veteran's health, you may need more or less time.

As a qualified GP, a qualified health professional such as a practice nurse, may assist you.

Who can have a Veteran Health Check

Veterans may be eligible for 1 or both types of health checks. 

One-off Veteran Health Check

To receive a One-off Veteran Health Check, a veteran must:

  • be a former ADF member
  • have served at least 1 day

A veteran does not need to be a DVA client to access the One-off Veteran Health Check. 

Annual Veteran Health Check

To receive an Annual Veteran Health Check, a veteran must:

  • be a former ADF member who moved to civilian life from 1 July 2019
  • have served at least 1 day
  • have a DVA Veteran Card

Resources and tools to help you 

Veteran Health Check Assessment Tool

We have designed a custom tool to help you check for health conditions that are common to veterans. It includes screening processes for:

  • alcohol and substance use
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • psychological distress

There are 2 ways to access the Veteran Health Check Assessment Tool:

Guide to the Veteran Health Check Assessment Tool

The guide offers:

  • treatment pathways
  • referral advice
  • reference documents
  • links to our forms

We have short and in-depth versions of the guide.

Online resources

You can access online resources through Open Arms including:

  • webinars
  • training programs

The Centenary of ANZAC Centre also offers online resources including:

  • e-learning courses
  • webinars
  • research

Claim your fee

Before you start a claim

Check our fee schedule for medical services before you start your claim.

You cannot charge a gap payment for any services you provide under a DVA item number. This includes the Annual Veteran Health Check.

We encourage you to bulk bill non-DVA clients who have a One-off Veteran Health Check. If you do not bulk bill them, they can get a Medicare rebate.

Item numbers

The One-off Veteran Health Check uses Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item numbers:

  • 701 brief health assessment, lasting no more than 30 minutes
  • 703 standard health assessment, lasting no more than 45 minutes
  • 705 long health assessment , lasting no more than 60 minutes
  • 707 prolonged health assessment, lasting more than 60 minutes

The Annual Veteran Health Check uses DVA item numbers:

  • MT701 brief health assessment, lasting no more than 30 minutes
  • MT703 standard health assessment, lasting no more than 45 minutes
  • MT705 long health assessment, lasting no more than 60 minutes
  • MT707 prolonged health assessment, lasting more than 60 minutes

Start a claim

The Department of Human Services will process your claim for us.

You can start the claims process through our DVA Webclaim system.