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Department of Veterans' Affairs: Veterans' Health Check

Transitioning can be a busy and challenging time for veterans and their families. There are many competing priorities and health can often be forgotten. GPs can play a vital role in ensuring veterans receive the health care that they may need.

DVA understands that veterans face a range of challenges and is committed to providing veterans with easier access to health care, particularly in times of crisis. All ADF members who transition on or after 1 July 2019, and served at least 1 days’ 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 a community or family GP. It can assist veterans and the GP to identify and support the onset of physical and mental health conditions that are common in the years following transition and organise early and targeted referrals. The GP may also make referrals for additional tests, treatment or assessment by other health professionals, and can refer the veteran to relevant DVA services or programs. These checks are fully funded with a DVA Health Card and are available from GPs who accept DVA Veteran Cards.

If veterans transitioned from the ADF prior to 1 July 2019, they 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 their GP at any time after transition. A Medicare rebate is available for this.

In addition to helping further boost the health and wellbeing of veterans, the addition of the health checks to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) provides an opportunity for GPs to build a better patient profile by identifying and addressing any physical and mental health conditions common in the years following transition from the ADF.

FAQs for GPs 

FAQs for Veterans

Further information for GPs is available through the DVA website.

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