All former serving members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) can access a comprehensive health assessment from their GP.
This assessment is available to all former serving members of either the permanent or reserve forces. It is funded under the health assessment items 701, 703, 705 and 707 on the Medicare Benefits Schedule.
A key objective is to help GPs identify and diagnose the early onset of physical and/or mental health problems among former serving ADF members. In supporting this, DVA has funded the development of a specifically designed screening tool.
This tool includes screening tools for alcohol use, substance use, posttraumatic stress disorder and psychological distress, as well as information on how to access other DVA services that their patient may be eligible for.
The following PDF version of the tool can be downloaded. Alternatively, GPs who have access to Best Practice or Medical Director practice management software can access the tool from within the those packages.
The screening tool is supported by resources to assist GPs in determining key actions, treatment options and referral pathways. These resources can be downloaded below: