GPs can provide a comprehensive health assessment to all former serving members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), including permanent and reserve forces.
This assessment is funded under the health assessment items 701, 703, 705 and 707 on the Medicare Benefits Schedule.
The objective of this assessment is to help GPs identify and diagnose the early onset of physical and/or mental health problems among former serving ADF members.
DVA has also funded the development of a specifically designed screening tool to support this assessment. It 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 their patient may be eligible for.
A PDF version of the screening 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.
When you use the screening tool, there are supporting resources to assist in determining key actions, treatment options and referral pathways.
- A Guide to the ADF Post-discharge GP Health Assessment (Word and PDF)
- Quick Reference Guide to the ADF Post-discharge GP Health Assessment (Word and PDF)
Ask your patient if they are former serving members of the ADF and if they would like to get the comprehensive health assessment.