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General Practitioners can undertake a one-off, comprehensive, Australian Defence Force (ADF) Post-Discharge GP Health Assessment for all former serving members of either the permanent or reserve forces, whether or not they are a DVA client. The assessment is funded under items 701, 703, 705 and 707 on the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

 

A key objective of the health assessment is to assist in the early identification and diagnosis of physical and mental health conditions among ex-service personnel.

 

The ADF Post-Discharge GP Health Assessment has been incorporated into Medical Director and Best Practice software.

 

GPs can also access a screening tool in Medical Director that includes specific assessments for alcohol use, substance use, post-traumatic stress disorder and psychological distress. It also provides information on how to access other DVA services for which your patient may be eligible.

 

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[Source: Department of Veterans' Affairs]

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