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Exercise options during the COVID-19 pandemic

DVA and exercise during the COVID-19 pandemicThe Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is offering great support to provide the best care to veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic.On 1 April 2020, DVA expanded access to telehealth services which has been well received by all our Veterans currently being treated at Moonee Valley Health and Fitness. This enables medical, community nursing and many allied health services to continue to be provided to Australia’s veteran community, via videoconference or telephone (‘telehealth’).With the introduction of these telehealth options we are still able to offer Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology and Dietetics to our veteran patients. You can now access our essential health services in your home, and will support self-isolation and quarantine policies to reduce the risk of exposure and the spread of COVID-19.This expansion allows all Veteran Gold Card and Veteran White cardholders to access our health and fitness professionals via telehealth, where clinically appropriate, and at no cost.Compared to the the services funded under the Medicare Benefits Schedule, DVA’s funding arrangements for allied health services are significantly broader, and encourages veterans to continue to use these services under their current DVA funding arrangements.These temporary arrangements will be in place until 30 September 2020, when they will be reviewed in light of the need to continue the fight against COVID-19.Exercise & Gym Rehab at MVFitOther Support services and resources for veteran patientsMental health support - Visit Open Arms: Veterans & Families Counselling Service or call 1800 011 046, 24 hours a day, 7 days a weekAccess to prescriptions and pharmaceuticals - Vulnerable people, including eligible veterans, can order their Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS) prescriptions remotely, and have their medicines home-delivered, once a month, to [...]

Understanding the DVA Treatment Cycle

If you are confused by the Allied Health treatment cycle, we are here to help explain the new process that has been introduced to help give you better care based on your health needs. How does the treatment cycle work? You can be referred by your usual GP to an allied health provider, if you have a clinical need for allied health treatment. Referrals can also be initially made by a specialist doctor or hospital discharge planner. Referral arrangements to specialist doctors (for medical treatment such as psychiatry or surgery) remain unchanged. Dental and optical services are not included as part of the treatment cycle arrangements, as referrals to these services are not required. At the beginning of the treatment cycle, your allied health provider will prepare a Patient Care Plan and ask you about your health goals. At the end of the treatment cycle the allied health provider will send a report to your usual GP. The report outlines the treatment provided, the progress of the treatment towards meeting agreed goals and recommendations for further treatment, if required. Your GP will use this report to review the progress of treatment and assess if further allied health treatment is clinically required, or whether other treatment options are needed. Your GP will provide you with a new referral to your allied health provider, if it is needed. You will continue to have access to the care you need. You can have as many treatment cycles as your GP decides are clinically necessary. You can have a separate treatment cycle for each allied health service you require. This includes having treatment cycles for different allied health services at the same time. For example, you may have services [...]