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February 17, 2011
NEW housing and removals assistance
announced on February 1 will be avail-
able to injured ADF personnel who
require a live-in carer to aid their reha-
The new policy will provide assis-
tance to members on a short- or long-
term basis with domestic tasks, personal
hygiene, mobility and feeding, as well as
provide ongoing medical care.
Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon said before
February 1 the need for a live-in carer
was not recognised and no provisions
were made for assistance.
"This policy will allow members
without dependants who need a live-in
carer greater access to Defence residenc-
es or additional rent allowance to accom-
modate the carer and their rehabilitation
needs," he said.
He said the move was an illustra-
tion of Defence being serious about its
responsibility to provide health care and
rehabilitation to members of the ADF.
The arrangement delivers on a com-
mitment made in the 2009 Defence
White Paper to develop a simple, trans-
parent and flexible package of housing
and accommodation assistance options.
In addition, members who need to
move to a new home or location to assist
in their rehabilitation can also be pro-
vided with a Commonwealth-funded
Removals assistance may be provid-
ed for a live-in carer on a case-by-case
Members who have dependants may
also access housing with an additional
bedroom to accommodate a live-in carer.
This aligns with the Simpson
Program of enhanced support and ser-
vices for wounded ADF members.
Help for injured personnel Health-e-changes
SPECIAL CARE: A new policy will provide live-in assistance to injured mem-
bers on a short- or long-term basis.
Photo: CPL Aaron Curran
SAILORS being posted while
receiving Defence Home
Ownership Assistance Scheme
(DHOAS) payments can usually
continue to receive the subsidy
provided they follow administra-
A condition of eligibility for the
DHOAS subsidy payment is that
members occupy their subsidised
home for 12 months from when the
However, if a member moves
into a DHOAS-subsidised property
with the intention of staying for 12
months and is later issued a posting
order, then payments can continue.
Members should first advise the
Department of Veterans' Affairs
(DVA) with a change of circum-
stances form available from the
DVA can approve a shorter occu-
pancy period before a member relo-
cates to ensure subsidy payments
Those members who have
elected to build their home and are
receiving the DHOAS subsidy dur-
ing the construction process must
officially occupy the home before
posting out in order to continue to
receive the payments.
If a member receives a posting
order and is unable to move into
his or her DHOAS-subsidised home
before relocating, DVA must cease
Members can re-apply for a new
subsidy certificate and re-commence
payments once they are able to
occupy the home and remain in the
property for 12 months.
Once members have occu-
pied their subsidised homes for 12
months, they can continue receiv-
ing subsidy payments, regardless
of whether or not they reside in
the homes, as long as the existing
DHOAS loan remains current and is
not paid out.
Home owners should tell
DVA before posting
By Andrew Stackpool
"WE HAVE a world-class paper
record system; we now need a
world-class electronic system."
COL Graham Durant-Law, Joint
Health Command's (JHCs) director
of projects and reform, was refer-
ring to Defence's proposed new
Joint eHealth Data and Information
Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon launched
the plans for the new system -- a
$56 million initiative to bring man-
agement of the ADF's health records
for its 80,000 members into the
electronic age -- at Parliament House
on February 9.
The new web-based system will
be delivered in partnership with
CSC Australia, a major provider
of IT services and systems to the
"This is a very exciting time for
the ADF as they are taking a key
national leadership role in the intro-
duction of electronic health records
throughout Australia and deliver-
ing a single electronic health system
across the ADF," Mr Snowdon said.
He said the aim of JeHDI was to
provide a single electronically-based
health system and electronic man-
agement of ADF health records that
supported force readiness, improved
efficiency and effectiveness, reduced
administration loads and provided
complete health records on all ADF
The new system will establish
and maintain the complete physical
and mental health records of each
ADF member from their first days
as recruits until they retire (includ-
ing imagery such as X-rays and
CT scans), no matter their location
The ADF has consulted exten-
sively with other agencies includ-
ing the Department of Health and
Ageing, the Department of Veterans'
Affairs (DVA) and the National
eHealth Transition Authority.
JeHDI will complement the
government's National eHealth
Strategy, which will develop
a health records system of all
Australians that will be available
This means that after a member
leaves the ADF, their records will
be available for handover to depart-
ments such as DVA, as well as their
local medical practitioner.
VCDF LTGEN David Hurley
said Defence Healthcare presented
some unique challenges.
"Our mission is to provide the
highest quality healthcare to support
our operational capability and ADF
members within Australia," LTGEN
The project is planned to be
completed by early 2014.
Health records from recruit to
discharge in a simple record.
Real-time access to members'
records, no matter where they
are, in a timely and efficient
manner on a single stream
across the three Services.
Supportive and simplified
Easier access to patient
records to improve care.
JeHDI TO DELIVER
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