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www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS September 26, 2013
Three junior sailors were
recognised for their integrity
and honesty when an Army
major wrote to the Direc-
tor of Maritime C4 & eW,
Navy Communications and
Information Warfare Branch
about an incident which
occurred while the major
and his wife had been eat-
ing lunch at Majura Park in
The sailors had found a
significant amount of money
that had been dropped
nearby and enquired wheth-
er the money belonged to
the major and his wife.
even though the money
did not belong to the ma-
jor, he and his wife were
impressed by the gesture
of respectful initiative and
the integrity the sailors
displayed by their genuine
attempt to return the money
to the rightful owner.
A juNIor sailor was
caught speeding in excess
of 40km/h above the sign-
posted speed limit at hMAS
The member received a
$920 fine over two pay peri-
ods and three days extra drill
as a result of DFDA action.
CPL Nick Wiseman
REIMBURSEMENT of basic health-
care including allied health and spe-
cialist services such as dental and
optical will be available for families
of all permanent and reserve mem-
bers on continuous full-time service
from January 1 next year.
The program will reimburse an
unlimited amount of gap expenses for
visits to a general practitioner and up
to $400 for each family member for
allied health and specialist services.
This can be transferred between fam-
ily members and combined to cover
more expensive services.
Director General Strategic Health
Coordination AIRCDRE Tracy Smart
said about 71,000 ADF dependants
would be eligible to benefit from the
program when it began.
“Since 2009, Defence has been
conducting a trial into improving
access to healthcare for ADF depend-
ants in eight regional and remote
locations,” AIRCDRE Smart said.
“A thorough evaluation of the trial
was completed in early 2012 which
identified the most effective model
for delivery of this initiative.
“The trial has been well received
and appreciated by the Defence
families involved, and revealed over-
whelming support for the national
roll-out of the program.”
Despite all dependants of ADF
members being eligible for the pro-
gram, families must sign up and be
recognised on PMKeyS before claims
can be made.
The program has been designed to
allow families to continue using any
local services in the community they
already might be using anywhere
Mother of two, LS Michelle
Lakin, of HQ NORCOM, has been
involved with the trial for the past
few years and said it was an excellent
“It’s great that it includes dental,”
LS Lakin said.
“It means I can get my childrens’
teeth checked more often and not
have to worry about the cost.
“With the cost of living going up
it’s also a great incentive to stay in
Members and their families who
use the service need to know that
benefits claimed are reportable fringe
benefits and it is recommended to
seek financial advice before claiming.
There are some fact sheets on the
ADF Family Health website that may
also be of assistance.
AIRCDRE Smart said Defence
families faced a number of challeng-
es, some unique to service life.
“This program clearly demon-
strates recognition of these chal-
lenges and the service and sacrifices
made by ADF personnel and their
families,” she said.
For information online visit www.defence.
healthcare or facebook www.facebook.
Members can also get in contact by
gov.au or calling (02) 6266 3547.
WHAT CAN BE CLAIMED?
➤ Any general practitioner (GP) can
be used and the remaining gap,
after Medicare rebate, can be
claimed through this program.
➤ There is no limit to how many visits
to GPs a family member can have or
limit to the amount of gap payment.
➤ Services must have a Medicare
Benefits Schedule item number to
➤ Family members should pay the
fee at time of service, claim the
Medicare rebate and then claim the
gap through the ADF Family health
➤ Claims can be lodged by form or an
➤ The gap payment should be
received within two business days
of receipt – subject to provision of
required documentary evidence.
Allied Health and Specialist
➤ each family member will be allo-
cated $400 each financial year.
➤ This amount can be transferred
between family members.
➤ Most claims will be able to be pro-
cessed on the spot electronically by
using the ADF Family health Card.
➤ eligible services include:
HOW TO JOIN
To BeCoMe part of the program,
ensure your dependants are recognised
on PMKeyS by checking PMKeyS
Self Service or contacting your local
administration centre. To register for
the program you must complete the
webform AD858-1 ADF Family health
registration Form, which is available
on the DrN. A PDF version is also
available on the public Defence internet.
under the new ADF
program each family
member will be able
to claim up to $400
each financial year
on allied health and
such as dental.
Photo: LACW Nicci Freeman
SERVING AUSTRALIA WITH PRIDE
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