7 September Changes to process for allied health referrals September 7, 2018 By Jasmine Harvey Announcement, Department of Veterans Affairs allied health referral 0 The way that a General Practitioner (GP) refers DVA clients to allied health providers is set to change from July 2019. Currently, a GP may refer a client to allied health services for up to a year (except for dental and optical, for which no referral is required). For chronic conditions, the GP can make an ongoing referral. Under the new DVA arrangements, which will commence on 1 July 2019, GPs will be able to make a referral to allied health services for up to 12 sessions or one year, whichever comes sooner. This new arrangement will also apply to those clients with a chronic condition. Dental and optical services still will not need a GP referral. The new arrangements are called the ‘treatment cycle’. The treatment cycle is designed to improve quality of care for DVA cardholders, with more GP involvement in ongoing care. Read More Related My Health Record – Australians to decide on a smarter and safer way to share their important healthcare information By the end of 2018, a My Health Record will be created for every Australian, unless they choose not to have one. If people choose not to have a My Health Record, they will be able to opt out of having one created for them during a three-month period, starting on Monday 16 July and ending on October 15 2018 Legislative changes to tighten privacy and security protections for My Health Record In response to a growing privacy backlash, the Federal Government has announced legislative changes to My Health Record to restrict access by law enforcement and government agencies and allow records to be deleted by those who choose to withdraw from the system, with the opt out period also expected to be extended. My Health Record kits being distributed to Australian healthcare providers The Australian Digital Health Agency is pleased to announce nearly 20,000 My Health Record education kits are being distributed to healthcare providers and Australia Post offices across Australia. The kits will equip providers and Agency partners with information and resources to help them advise all Australians about My Health Record Changes to Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) – September In response to the recommendation made by the ‘Independent Review of Health Providers' Access to Medicare Card Numbers’ the following changes will be made to HPOS in September. Changes to Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) The Department of Human Services has released important information outlining changes to the Health Professionals Online Services (HPOS) in December to support the recommendations outlined in the Independent Review. Health Workforce Scholarship Applications Now Open (QLD) The Health Workforce Scholarship Program was established in 2017 to provide scholarships and bursaries to eligible remote and rural medical, nursing and allied health professionals, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers, to improve their skills and expand their scope of practice. Comments are closed.