Veteran Health Check

The Veteran Health Check is an opportunity for veterans to access a comprehensive physical and mental health assessment and establish a relationship with a GP.

 

The Veteran Health Check is an opportunity for GPs to build an understanding of their veteran patients mental health conditions common in the years following transition.

The aim is to encourage early intervention to better promote better health outcomesfor veterans during their transition to civilian life.

DVA recommends that at least 45-minutes is scheduled to conduct a Veteran Health Check.

GPs and practice staff may refer to the FAQs page for more information.

If you or someone you know have served in the ADF, you can learn more about eligibility on the AT-Ease website.

Eligibility

If your patient has served at least one day in the ADF, they are eligible for a Veteran Health Check.

If your patient left the ADF before 30 June 2019

A One-off Veteran Health Check is available to anyone who has transitioned from the ADF. 

The consultation is payable via Medicare MBS item numbers 701, 703, 705 and 707:

  • 701 – brief health assessment, lasting no more than 30 minutes
  • 703 – standard health assessment, lasting no more than 45 minutes
  • 705 – long health assessment , lasting no more than 60 minutes
  • 707 – prolonged health assessment, lasting more than 60 minutes.

A gap payment may be charged for this service, although DVA encourage providers to bulk bill this consultation where possible.

If your patient left the ADF from 1 July 2019

An Annual Veteran Health Check is available each year for 5 years after leaving the ADF for all ex-serving ADF members who have completed at least one day full time service and transitioned from 1 July 2019

This is payable through DVA item numbers MT701, MT703, MT705, MT707:

  • MT701 - brief health assessment, lasting no more than 30 minutes
  • MT703 – standard health assessment, lasting no more than 45 minutes
  • MT705 – long health assessment , lasting no more than 60 minutes
  • MT707 – prolonged health assessment, lasting more than 60 minutes.

Your veteran patient should present with their DVA health card.

A gap payment cannot be charged for this service (or any services provided under a DVA item number).

Supporting resources

A screening tool is available for GPs to use in order to screen for alcohol and substance use, as well as posttraumatic stress (PTSD) and psychological distress.

A comprehensive assessment wizard for the Veteran Health Check has been created by DVA and it is available in Best Practice and Medical Director.

The Veteran Health Check can also be downloaded from AT-Ease

The Veteran Health Check was formerly known as the ADF post-discharge GP Health Assessment, and uses the same supporting resources:

Payments and claiming 

The Department of Human Services - Medicare (DHS-Medicare) processes claims for health providers on behalf of DVA. You can claim using a payment method that suits you.

Find out more about claiming options with DVA at how to claim.

For more information on DVA fee schedules, visit the DVA fee schedules page.

Dr Bucknell talks about the background and benefits of the comprehensive Veteran Health Check
Dr Leidvogel talks about the background and benefits of the comprehensive Veteran Health Check