Statement of Principles
ALPHA-1 ANTITRYPSIN DEFICIENCY
No. 30 of 2015
for the purposes of the
Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
1. This Instrument may be cited as Statement of Principles concerning alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency No. 30 of 2015.
2. The Repatriation Medical Authority under subsection 196B(3) and (8) of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (the VEA):
(a) revokes Instrument No. 2 of 2007 concerning alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency; and
(b) determines in its place this Statement of Principles.
Kind of injury, disease or death
3. (a) This Statement of Principles is about alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and death from alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.
(b) For the purposes of this Statement of Principles, "alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency" means a genetic disorder of plasma protein metabolism, heritable in an autosomal codominant pattern, which is characterised by reduced serum levels of alpha-1 antitrypsin. Common clinical manifestations include emphysema and cirrhosis of the liver.
Basis for determining the factors
4. On the sound medical-scientific evidence available, the Repatriation Medical Authority is of the view that it is more probable than not that alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and death from alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency can be related to relevant service rendered by veterans or members of the Forces under the VEA, or members under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (the MRCA).
Factors that must be related to service
5. Subject to clause 7, at least one of the factors set out in clause 6 must be related to the relevant service rendered by the person.
6. The factor that must exist before it can be said that, on the balance of probabilities, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency or death from alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is connected with the circumstances of a person’s relevant service is:
(a) smoking at least five pack-years of cigarettes, or the equivalent thereof in other tobacco products, before the clinical worsening of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency; or
(b) inability to obtain appropriate clinical management for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.
Factors that apply only to material contribution or aggravation
7. Paragraphs 6(a) and 6(b) apply only to material contribution to, or aggravation of, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency where the person’s alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency was suffered or contracted before or during (but not arising out of) the person’s relevant service.
Inclusion of Statements of Principles
8. In this Statement of Principles if a relevant factor applies and that factor includes an injury or disease in respect of which there is a Statement of Principles then the factors in that last mentioned Statement of Principles apply in accordance with the terms of that Statement of Principles as in force from time to time.
9. For the purposes of this Statement of Principles:
"death from alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency" in relation to a person includes death from a terminal event or condition that was contributed to by the person’s alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency;
"pack-years of cigarettes, or the equivalent thereof in other tobacco products" means a calculation of consumption where one pack-year of cigarettes equals 20 tailor-made cigarettes per day for a period of one calendar year, or 7 300 cigarettes. One tailor-made cigarette approximates one gram of tobacco or one gram of cigar or pipe tobacco by weight. One pack-year of tailor-made cigarettes equates to 7.3 kilograms of smoking tobacco by weight. Tobacco products mean cigarettes, pipe tobacco or cigars, smoked alone or in any combination;
"relevant service" means:
(a) eligible war service (other than operational service) under the VEA;
(b) defence service (other than hazardous service and British nuclear test defence service) under the VEA; or
(c) peacetime service under the MRCA;
"terminal event" means the proximate or ultimate cause of death and includes:
(b) respiratory failure;
(c) cardiac arrest;
(d) circulatory failure; or
(e) cessation of brain function.
10. This Instrument applies to all matters to which section 120B of the VEA or section 339 of the MRCA applies.
Date of effect
11. This Instrument takes effect from 27 January 2015.
Dated this nineteenth day of December 2014
The Common Seal of the )
Repatriation Medical Authority )
was affixed at the direction of: )
PROFESSOR NICHOLAS SAUNDERS AO