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Norther n Territory -- Alice
Springs, Dar win, Katherine and
Queensland -- Cairns, Mt Isa,
Thu rsday Island, Tow nsville,
Tully and Weipa.
New South Wales -- Singleton.
Victoria -- Puckapu nyal and
Further information on the
changes and how to register for the
trial can be found on the intranet
internet at www.defence.gov.au/
The ADF Family Health team can be
contacted on (02) 6266 3547.
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March 17, 2011
More choice for
SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES: Changes to the ADF Family Health Trial
will begin on April 1 and mean eligible families will be able to visit
any general practice and be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses.
Photo: ABIS Hayley Clarke
NAVY will shortly launch
RANavyPulse, a survey that will
"check the Pulse" of Navy to see the
effects of the implementation of our
10 Signature Behaviours: where they
are working and where more work
needs to be done.
The survey is being conducted as
the next stage in Navy's cultural change
by making contact with a selection of
people to ask their opinions about the
culture of their workplace and their
It is only through the feedback and
support of our people that Navy will
make the change to our desired culture.
Surveys such as these allow the oppor-
tunity to actually see what our people
think and if the changes under New
Generation Navy are gaining traction.
The RANavyPulse supports both
CDF and CN's requirements in the
HMAS Success COI response, which
commits Navy to pulse the organisa-
tion's performance of the Signature
About 1000 members will be
approached to participate, covering a
cross section of areas and ranks.
All participants will be emailed a
link giving instructions on how to access
a survey of 10 questions reflecting the
The survey is designed on a self and
peer basis and contributors will be asked
to rate themselves and their peers regard-
ing their own perceptions.
How these members rate themselves
and their peers will not be seen by Navy
-- all ratings from the completed survey
will go straight to PulsePrograms via a
secure internet portal outside of Navy, to
be transformed into a trends analysis that
will demonstrate how much Navy has
embraced the Signature Behaviours.
A FAQ site has been created on the NGN
intranet under "Signature Behaviours". Any
questions or feedback can be directed to
CHANGES to the ADF Family
Health Trial will begin on April 1 af-
ter feedback from families showed a
desire for more choice and flexibility
in their healthcare options.
The trial, which aims to assess a
suitable healthcare model for ADF
families, began in May 2009 in sev-
eral cities across Australia.
However, a mid-2010 evaluation
of 700 ADF families found many
wanted a greater choice of gen-
eral practitioners than the doctors
assigned to the trial.
In response, the Directorate of
ADF Dependant Healthcare has said
eligible families will be able to visit
any general practice and be reim-
bursed for out-of-pocket expenses
from April 1.
The directorate said all
Medicare-recognised services pro-
vided in a general practice would
also now be eligible for reimburse-
ment through the Medicare rebate
and the Family Health Trial.
No Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT)
liability applies to services that are
Only amounts claimed for reim-
bursement will attract FBT.
The changes will also give fami-
lies greater flexibility in how they
use the current $320 dental provi-
sion, with some allied health servic-
es such as physiotherapy, optometry,
chiropractic and podiatry eligible
under the allowance.
The health trial is continuing to
provide benefits in the following
regional and remote locations:
Western Australia -- Broome,
Carnarvon, Derby, Exmouth,
Kar ratha, Ku nunur ra, Newman,
Survey to check culture
pulse against Navy's
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