Treatment Principles (Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests) 2006 (No. R54/2013)

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Australian Government
 
Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests (Treatment) Act 2006
 
treatment principles (Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests) 2006
 
Instrument 2013 No. R54
 
I, Michael Ronaldson, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, pursuant to section 16(7) of the Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests (Treatment) Act 2006, approve this instrument made by the Repatriation Commission.
 
Dated this 26th                        day of November                            2013
 
 
Michael Ronaldson
……………………….............................................
MICHAEL RONALDSON
 
The Repatriation Commission:
(a) pursuant to section 16(6) of the Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests (Treatment) Act 2006 (the Act) revokes the instrument made under section 16(2) of the Act known as the Treatment Principles (Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests) 2006 (No. R30 of 2006); and
(b) pursuant to section 16(2) of the Act hereby modifies the Treatment Principles in force under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986, in accordance with the Schedule, for its application to the provision of treatment of eligible persons under the Act.
 
Dated this  13th              day of November                 2013
 
The Seal of the                                                                         )
Repatriation Commission                                                         )SEAL
was affixed hereto in the                                                          )
presence of:                                                                             )
Simon Lewis                           Shane Carmody                                      Major General Mark Kelly
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SIMON LEWIS              SHANE CARMODY             Major General Mark Kelly
                                                                                                                AO DSC
    PRESIDENT              DEPUTY PRESIDENT                       COMMISSIONER
 
Commencement
 
[1]       This instrument commences immediately after the commencement of paragraph 1.1.3 of the Treatment Principles (2013 No.R52) under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.
 
Note: paragraph 1.1.3 commences on the day after the Treatment Principles (2013 No.R52) is registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments.
 
Interpretation
 
[2]        Definition
 
modified TPs means the Treatment Principles (2013 No. R52) in force under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 as modified by the Schedule.
 
Schedule
 
MODIFICATIONS TO THE TREATMENT PRINCIPLES
 
1.      Table of provisions
 
substitute:
 
Table of provisions
 
PART 1 — INTRODUCTION/COMMENCEMENT
1.2     Application of Repatriation Private Patient Principles (as modified)
1.3     Delegation
1.4     Interpretation
 
PART 2 — ELIGIBILITY FOR TREATMENT
2.1     Treatment for eligible persons in Australia
2.2     Treatment for entitled persons residing or travelling overseas
2.3     Treatment of associated injuries or diseases
2.4     Treatment of malignant neoplasia
2.8     Loss of eligibility for treatment
 
PART 3 — COMMISSION APPROVAL FOR TREATMENT
3.1     Approval for treatment
3.2     Circumstances in which prior approval is required
3.3     Circumstances in which prior approval may not be required
3.4     Other retrospective approval
3.5     Financial responsibility
 
PART 4 — MEDICAL PRACTITIONER SERVICES
4.1     LMO or other GP Scheme
4.2     Providers of services
4.3     Financial responsibility
4.3A  Disqualified Medical Practitioners
4.4     Referrals by LMO or other GPs
4.5     Referrals by medical specialists
4.7     Referrals: prior approval
4.8     Other matters
 
PART 5 — DENTAL TREATMENT
5.1     Providers of services
5.2     Financial responsibility
5.2A  Disqualified Dental Practitioners
5.3     Eligibility
5.4     Emergency dental treatment
5.5     Orthodontic treatment for children
5.6     General anaesthesia                                                                               
5.7     Prescribing of pharmaceutical benefits by dentists
5.8     Other dental services
 
PART 6 — PHARMACEUTICAL BENEFITS
6.1     Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
6.2     Eligibility under the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests) 2006.
 
PART 7 — TREATMENT GENERALLY FROM OTHER HEALTH PROVIDERS
7.1     Prior approval and financial responsibility for health services
7.1A  Notes for Providers
7.1B  Disqualified Health Care Providers
7.2     Registration or enrolment  of providers
7.3     Community nursing
7.3A  Veterans' Home Care Program
7.4     Optometrical services
7.5     Physiotherapy
7.6     Podiatry
7.6A  Diabetes Educator Services
7.7     Chiropractic and osteopathic services
7.8     Other services
 
PART 9 — TREATMENT OF ENTITLED PERSONS AT HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS
9.1     Admission to a hospital or institution
9.2     Financial responsibility for Treatment in Hospital
9.3     Nursing-home-type care
9.5     Convalescent care
9.6     Other matters
 
PART 10 — RESIDENTIAL CARE AND CARE AT HOME PACKAGES
Part A – residential care not involving residential care (respite)
10.1   Residential care arrangements
Part B – residential care involving residential care (respite)
10.6   Residential Care (respite) arrangements
Part C – respite admissions not involving residential care (respite)
 
PART 11 — THE PROVISION OF REHABILITATION APPLIANCES
11.1   Rehabilitation Appliances Program
11.2   Supply of rehabilitation appliances
11.2A Prior Approval
11.3   Restrictions on the supply of certain items
11.4   Visual aids
11.5   Hearing aids
11.6   Other rehabilitation appliances
11.7   Repair and replacement
11.8   Treatment aids from hospitals
11.9   Provision of aids and appliances for accident prevention and personal safety
 
PART 12 — OTHER TREATMENT MATTERS
12.1   Ambulance transport
12.2   Treatment under Medicare
12.3   Compensable patients
12.4   Prejudicial or unsafe acts or omissions by patients
12.6   Recovery of moneys
 
Transitional Provisions
Schedule 1 Dates for Incorporated Documents
 
 
 
 
 
 
2.      Title
 
substitute:
 
Australian Government
 
REPATRIATION COMMISSION
 
AUSTRALIAN PARTICIPANTS IN BRITISH NUCLEAR TESTS (TREATMENT) ACT 2006
 
Section 16
 
Treatment Principles (Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests) 2006
 
Instrument 2013 No. No. R54
 
3.      Paragraph 1.1.1 - Introduction/Commencement
 
substitute:
 
1.1.1  The Treatment Principles, prepared by the Repatriation Commission under section 16 of the Act, set out the circumstances in which, and the conditions subject to which, treatment of a particular kind, or included in a particular class of treatment, may be provided under the Act for eligible persons and are to be read subject to the Act.
 
4.       Paragraph 1.4     Interpretation
 
 substitute:
1.4     Interpretation
 
1.4.1  In these Principles, unless a contrary intention appears:
 
“ABN (Australian Business Number)” has the meaning given by the A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999.
 
“Act” means the Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests (Treatment )Act 2006.
 
“acute care certificate” means a certificate given by a medical practitioner in similar form to the acute care certificate provided for in section 3B of the Health Insurance Act 1973 to the extent that the provisions of that section are applicable.
 
“allied health provider” means a category of provider mentioned in the Table in 7.1A.1.
 
“approved provider”, in relation to transition care, has the meaning it has in the Aged Care Act 1997.
 
Note: the Aged Care Act 1997 can be found on COMLAW: http://www.comlaw.gov.au
 
“Australian Government’s Better Access initiative” means the mental health initiative described in the document entitled “Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists & General Practitioners through the Medical Benefits Schedule Initiative” in force on the date in Schedule 1.
 
“authorised nurse practitioner” has the meaning it has in subsection 84(1) of the National Health Act 1953.
 
“carer” means a person who provides ongoing care, attention and support for a severely incapacitated or frail person to enable that person to continue to reside in his or her home, and is not limited to a person who is receiving a carer service pension.
 
“Chief Executive Medicare” has the meaning it has in the Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973.
 
“clinical psychologist” means a psychologist:
 
(a) who has been given a provider number in respect of being a psychologist; and
 
(b) who, in the opinion of an employee of, or consultant to, the Department or the Department of Human Services, has appropriate qualifications in clinical psychology and practises as a clinical psychologist.
 
“Commission” means the Repatriation Commission.
 
"Commission-funded treatment" means treatment for which the Commission may accept financial responsibility.
 
Note: although the Commission may accept financial responsibility for treatment, actual payment for that treatment is made by the Commonwealth.
 
“community nurse” means a registered nurse or enrolled nurse who works in a community nursing setting and who is employed or engaged by a DVA-contracted community nursing provider.
 
"community nursing services" means the community nursing services provided to an entitled person, in respect of which the Commission will accept financial responsibility for under Part 7 of the Principles.
 
“compensable patient” means a person who has established, or is likely to establish, an entitlement to damages or compensation from, or has commenced an action for damages against, another party that is not a registered health insurance organisation or a friendly society, for treatment of an injury, disease or other medical condition.
 
“consumable rehabilitation appliance” means an appliance with a short term function and includes appliances such as continence products.
 
“Contracted Day Procedure Centre” means premises:
 
          (a)     at which any patient is admitted and discharged on the same day for medical, surgical or other treatment; and
         
          (b)     operated by a person contracted to the Commission or the Department in respect of treatment provided at the premises to entitled persons;
 
          but does not include any of the following premises:
 
(c) premises conducted by or on behalf of the State;
 
(d) a public hospital or health service under the control of a public health organisation;
 
(e) a private hospital;
 
(f) a nursing home;
 
(g) a residential rehabilitation establishment.
 
“contracted private hospital” means a private hospital with which the Commission has entered into arrangements for the care and welfare of eligible persons.
 
“convalescent admission” means a short period of medically prescribed convalescence for a entitled person who is recovering from an acute illness or an operation.
 
“country area” means that part of the State outside the metropolitan area of the capital city of that State, determined by the Commission to be a country area under paragraph 80(2)(b) of the Act.
 
“Day Procedure Centre” means premises that would be Contracted Day Procedure Centre premises if the operator of the premises was contracted to the Commission or the Department.
 
“dental hygienist” means a person registered under the National Law that provides for the registration of dental practitioners but does not include a person:
 
(a) whose registration to practise as a dental hygienist has been suspended, or cancelled, following an inquiry relating to his or her conduct; and
 
(b) who has not, after that suspension or cancellation, again been authorised to practise as a dental hygienist.
“dental therapist” means a person registered under the National Law that provides for the registration of dental practitioners but does not include a person:
(a) whose registration to practise as a dental therapist has been suspended, or cancelled, following an inquiry relating to his or her conduct; and
(b) who has not, after that suspension or cancellation, again been authorised to practise as a dental therapist.
“dental prosthetist” means a person, however described, authorised under a law of a State or a Territory, to carry out the work of dental prosthetics without a written work order from a dentist or other person who may lawfully give a written work order for that purpose.
 
“dental specialist” means a qualified dental practitioner who:
 
(a)   is registered with a Dental Board of the State or Territory in which he or she practises; and
 
(b)     has obtained an appropriate higher qualification; and
 
(c)   has been recognised as a specialist in the particular field by:
 
(i)    a Dental Board of the State or Territory in which he or she practises, where the Dental Board of the State or Territory has available a mechanism for such recognition; or
 
(ii)   another appropriate body mutually agreed in advance with the Australian Dental Association Incorporated.
 
“dentist” means a person registered or licensed as a dentist under a law of a State or Territory that provides for the registration or licensing of dentists but does not include a person so registered or licensed:
 
(a)  whose registration, or licence to practise, as a dentist in any State or Territory has been suspended, or cancelled, following an inquiry relating to his or her conduct; and
 
(b)  who has not, after that suspension or cancellation, again been authorised to register or practise as a dentist in that State or Territory.
 
“Department” means the Commonwealth as represented by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
 
“Department of Health” means the Commonwealth Department of State, however named, that from time to time is responsible for the administration of the National Health Act 1953.
 
“Department of Human Services” means the Department administered by the Minister administering the Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973.
 
“diabetes educator” means a person who:
 
(a)   is credentialled as a diabetes educator by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA); and
 
(b)   is a member of, or eligible for membership of, the ADEA.
 
“diabetes educator services” means a program of education about diabetes with an emphasis on self-care, provided by a diabetes educator to a person with diabetes.
 
 
“DVA-contracted community nursing provider” means a community nursing provider who has entered into a Deed of Standing Offer with the Commission to provide community nursing services to entitled persons.
 
“DVA document” means a document prepared in the Department and available on the Internet at:
 
http://www.dva.gov.au/Pages/home.aspx
 
“elective surgery” means any non-urgent surgical procedure performed for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.
 
“eligible person” means a person who is eligible for treatment of malignant neoplasia under section 7 of the Act.
 
“emergency” means a situation where a person requires immediate treatment in circumstances where there is serious threat to the person’s life or health.
 
"emergency short term home relief" means care provided to an entitled person in his or her home on the following conditions:
 
(a) the person or the person's carer is unable to provide care due to sudden and unforeseen circumstances; and
 
(b) the period for which the care is provided does not exceed 72 hours (episode) per emergency except that, if the entitled person requires further care within 24 hours after the end of the previous episode in an emergency, and obtains prior approval, a further episode of care (up to 72 hours) may be provided in that emergency; and
 
(c) the cumulative period of the care provided to the entitled person did not exceed 216 hours in a Financial year.
 
Note (1):  emergency short term home relief is not relevant to the calculation of residential care amounts for residential care or residential care (respite).
           
“enrolled nurse” means a person who is registered under a law of a State or Territory or of the Commonwealth to practise as an enrolled nurse.
 
“entitled person” means a person who is eligible for treatment under section 7 of the Act.
           
"episode of care" means services provided to a patient by a health provider that:
 
               (a) have been detailed in a patient care plan;
 
(b) are characterised by continuity of treatment or provision of service;
 
               and an episode of care arises:
 
               (c) every time a service provider sees a new patient; or
 
(d) where a service provider has not seen a patient for some time and therefore no continuity of service can be provided, and the original patient care plan is no longer applicable or appropriate.
 
“exceptional case process” means the process whereby the Commission may accept financial liability for community nursing services provided to an entitled person who, due to dependency or complex needs, requires community nursing services which, in the opinion of the Commission, fall significantly outside those referred to in any arrangement between the Commission and a DVA-contracted community nursing provider.
 
Note: paragraph 3.5.1 (after paragraph (f)) enables the Commission, in exceptional circumstances to, among other things, accept financial liability for fees higher than those set out in an arrangement.
 
“Fee Schedule” means a DVA document approved by the Commission or a member thereof, or by the Secretary to the Department, with the words “Fees” and ‘Schedule”, in relation to a category of health care provider, in the title to the document, that sets out the terms on which, and the conditions subject to which, the Commission will accept financial responsibility for treatment provided to an entitled person by the health care provider the subject of the document.
 
Note: the DVA documents called Fee Schedules set out amounts the Department will pay for health care services and can designate whether a service required the prior approval of the Commission before it could be provided.
 
“flexible care” has the meaning it has in section 49‑3 of the Aged Care Act 1997.
 
“health care provider” means a person who provides treatment to an entitled person in accordance with these Principles.
 
"high level of residential care" has the meaning given in clause 1 of Schedule 1 to the Aged Care Act 1997.
Note:      Clause 1 of Schedule 1 to the Aged Care Act 1997 provides that: ‘high level of residential care means a level of residential care corresponding to a classification level applicable to residential care (other than a classification level applicable only to respite care) that is not lower than the mid-point of all such classification levels that could apply to residential care.
The phrases ‘classification level’ and ‘respite care’ used in this definition are also defined in the Aged Care Act 1997.
This definition does not exclude entitled persons in respite care or convalescent care.
 
“home” includes:
 
(a)   the premises, or part of the premises, where the person normally resides; or
 
(b)   a share house where the person normally resides;
 
but does not include:
 
                   (c)      a hospital; or
 
(d)       the premises where the person is receiving residential care.
 
          Note:      ‘residential care’ is also defined in paragraph 1.4.1.”.
 
 
 
“in force on the date in Schedule 1”, in relation to a document, means that on the date in Schedule 1 for the document:
                  
(a)   if the document may be approved under the Principles by the Commission or a member thereof or by the Secretary to the Department – the document has been so approved.
 
Note: an example being the Notes for Local Medical Officers (para.1.4.1).
 
(b)   if the document is prepared on behalf of the Commission or the Department but is not required under the Principles to be approved in a manner in (a) – the document has been approved in a manner in (a).
 
(c)   if the document is not prepared under (b) and is not required under the Principles to be approved in a manner in paragraph (a) – the document exists.
 
Note: an example being the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (para. 2.4.2A).
 
“in-home respite” means care provided to a person in his or her own home for a maximum of 196 hours in a Financial year  to provide rest or relief from the role of caring:
 
(a)      to the person; or
 
(b)     to the person’s carer.
 
Note: in-home respite is not relevant to the calculation of residential care amounts for residential care or residential care (respite).
 
“inpatient” means a person formally admitted for treatment by a hospital.
 
“institution”, in Part 11, includes:
 
(a)         a retirement village;
(b)         a cluster of self-care units.
 
Note: retirement village is defined in section 5M of the Act and the intention is that the power of the Commission in subsection 5M(4) to determine premises have the same function as a retirement village, for the purposes of the Act, applies for the purposes of the Part 11 of the Principles.
 
"Level A attendance" means a medical attendance described in an item in Level A, Group A1, Schedule of Services, Category 1-Professional Attendances, General Medical Services, of the Medical Benefits Schedule.
 
“LMO” means a medical practitioner who:
 
(a) is registered under the Notes for Local Medical Officers as a Local Medical Officer and who treats an entitled person in accordance with the terms, and subject to the conditions, in these Principles and in the “Notes for Local Medical Officers”; and
 
(b) has been given a provider number, in respect of being a medical practitioner, that has not been suspended or revoked.
 
Note: a provider number may be a number used by the Department and adopted by the Department of Human Services.
 
"low level of residential care" means a level of residential care that is not a high level of residential care.
 
“MBS” or “Medicare Benefits Schedule” mean, in the context of amounts payable for treatment under the Principles, a Fee Schedule, and in any other context means:
 
(a)   Schedule 1 to the Health Insurance Act 1973 as substituted by regulations made under subsection 4(2) of that Act; and
 
(b)   Schedule 1A to the Health Insurance Act 1973 as substituted by regulations made under subsection 4(2) of that Act; and
 
(c)   the table of diagnostic imaging services prescribed under subsection 4AA(1) of that Act as in force from time to time.
 
Note: an example of where “Medicare Benefits Schedule” is used in a non-payment context is paragraph 4.2.1. 
 
“medicare benefit” has the meaning it has in the Health Insurance Act 1973.
 
“medicare program” has the meaning it has in the Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973.
 
“medical practitioner” has the same meaning as “medical practitioner” has in the Health Insurance Act 1973.
 
“medical specialist” means a medical practitioner who is recognised as a consultant physician or as a specialist, in the appropriate specialty, for the purposes of the Health Insurance Act 1973.
 
“minor procedure” means a surgical procedure that:
 
(a)      does not involve hospitalisation or theatre fees; and
 
(b)     is of a type that is undertaken routinely in doctors’ and specialists’ rooms; and
 
(c)      does not require general anaesthesia; and
 
(d)     is not undertaken in a private day facility centre.
 
“National Law” means a law of the Commonwealth, a State, or Territory, enacted pursuant to the Intergovernmental Agreement for a National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the Health Professions made on 26 March 2008:
 
http://www.ahwo.gov.au/documents/National%20Registration%20and%20Accreditation/NATREG%20-%20Intergovernmental%20Agreement.pdf
 
“neuropsychologist” means a person who:
 
(a) specialises in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders associated with conditions affecting the brain such as difficulties with memory, learning, attention, language, reading, problem-solving, decision-making or other aspects of behaviour and thinking abilities; and
 
(b) in the opinion of an employee of, or consultant to, the Department or the Department of Human Services, has appropriate qualifications in clinical neuropsychology and practises as a neuropsychologist.
 
“Notes for Allied Health Providers” means the document approved by the Secretary to the Department entitled “Notes for Allied Health Providers”, and in force on the date in Schedule 1, that sets out the terms on which, and the conditions subject to which, an allied health provider is to provide treatment to an entitled person in order for the Commission to accept financial responsibility for that treatment.
 
“Notes for Local Medical Officers” means the document:
 
(i) approved by the Commission or a member thereof, or by the Secretary to the Department, entitled “Notes for Local Medical Officers”; and
 
(ii) in force on the date in Schedule 1; and
 
(iii) that sets out the terms on which, and the conditions subject to which, a LMO is to provide treatment to an entitled person in order for the Commission to accept financial responsibility for that treatment, except those parts of the document that deal with the formation of a contractual relationship between a LMO and the Commission or the Department.
 
Note: the intention is that the treatment provided by a Local Medical Officer (LMO) to an entitled person may be regarded as having been provided in accordance with the Principles and the “Notes for Local Medical Officers” despite the LMO not entering into any arrangement with the Commission or the Department as required by the Notes (without the parts mentioned above omitted).  See: paragraph 5.3 of the Notes for Local Medical Officers.
 
“Notes for Providers” means a DVA document approved by the Secretary to the Department, or by the Commission or a member thereof, with the word ‘Notes’ in its title, and in force on the date in Schedule 1, that sets out the terms on which, and the conditions subject to which, a health care provider is to provide treatment to an entitled person in order for the Commission to accept financial responsibility for that treatment.
 
“nursing-home-type care” means the treatment described in paragraph 9.3 of the Principles.
 
“occupational therapist” means an occupational therapist who has been given a provider number in respect of being an occupational therapist.
 
“occupational therapist (mental health)” means an occupational therapist:
 
(a) who has been given a provider number in respect of being an occupational therapist; and
 
(b) who, in the opinion of an employee of, or consultant to, the Department or the Department of Human Services, has appropriate qualifications in occupational therapy in the area of mental health and who practises as an occupational therapist in the area of mental health.
 
“Optical Coherence Tomography” means the treatment comprised of a non-contact, non-invasive high resolution imaging technique that provides cross-sectional tomographic images of the ocular microstructure through the thickness of the retina.
 
“optical dispenser”, in the case of an individual, means a person who:
 
(a) interprets optical prescriptions and fits and services optical appliances such as spectacle frames and lenses; and
 
(b) holds a qualification that, in the opinion of the Commission, is appropriate for the skills needed to practise optical dispensing; and
 
(c) is a member of a body established to supervise the occupation of optical dispenser; and
 
(d) holds a provider number as an optometrist, ophthalmologist, orthoptist or optical dispenser.
 
“optical dispenser”, in the case of a company, means a company that:
 
(a) holds an ABN (Australian Business Number);
 
(b) carries on a business of optical dispensing;
 
(c) employs or engages for the optical dispensing aspects of the business — an individual who is an optical dispenser.
 
“optical dispensing” means interpreting optical prescriptions and fitting and servicing optical appliances such as spectacle frames and lenses.
“oral health therapist” means a person registered under the National Law that provides for the registration of dental practitioners but does not include a person:
(a) whose registration to practice as an oral health therapist has been suspended, or cancelled, following an inquiry relating to his or her conduct: and
(b) who has not, after that suspension or cancellation, again been authorised to practice as an oral health therapist.
Note: oral health therapists are practitioners who are dually qualified as dental therapists and dental hygienists.
 
 
“other GP” means a medical practitioner who:
 
(a) treats an entitled person in accordance with the terms, and subject to the conditions, in these Principles; and
 
(b) has been given a provider number, in respect of being a medical practitioner, that has not been suspended or revoked.
 
Note 1: an other GP, unlike an LMO, does not provide treatment in accordance with the Notes for Local Medical Officers.
Note 2: a provider number may be a number used by the Department and adopted by the Department of Human Services
 
“outpatient service” means a health service or procedure provided by a hospital but not involving admission to the hospital.
 
"patient care plan" means a document that is completed by a health provider who provides a service to a patient and that contains details of:
 
        (a) the patient's medical history;
 
(b) the injury or disease in respect of which the service is to be provided;
 
          (c) the proposed management of the injury or disease; and
 
(d) an estimation of the duration and frequency of the service to be provided.
 
“PBS” means the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme authorised under the National Health Act 1953.
 
“physiotherapy” includes hydrotherapy.
 
“practice nurse” means a registered nurse or enrolled nurse employed or engaged by an LMO as a nurse in the LMO’s practice.
 
“practitioner” has the same meaning as in section 124B of the Health Insurance Act 1973 in force from time to time.
 
“Principles” means the Treatment Principles (Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests) 2006 constituted by Instrument No. R54 of 2013.
 
“prior approval” means that approval for the assumption by the Commission of the whole, or partial, financial responsibility for certain treatment must be given by the Commission before that treatment is commenced or undertaken.
 
“private hospital” means premises that have been declared specifically as private hospitals for the purposes of the Health Insurance Act 1973.
 
“provider number” means the number:
 
(a)     allocated by:
 
(i) the Chief Executive Medicare or by his or her delegate or by a person authorised by the Chief Executive Medicare — to a practitioner; or
 
(ii) the Chief Executive Officer of Medicare Australia under the Medicare Australia Act 1973 — to a practitioner; and
 
(b)  which identifies the practitioner and the places where the practitioner practises his or her profession.
 
Note: see regulation 2 of the Health Insurance Regulations 1975. 
 
"psychologist” means a psychologist who has been given a provider number in respect of being a psychologist.
 
“public hospital” has the same meaning as “recognized hospital” as defined in the Health Insurance Act 1973.
Note:   Section 3 of the Health Insurance Act 1973 defines “recognized hospital” in terms of hospitals recognized for the purposes of the Medicare agreement, or hospitals declared by the Minister who administers the Health Insurance Act 1973 to be recognized hospitals.
 
“RAP National Schedule of Equipment” means the document of that name approved by the Commission or a member thereof, or by the Secretary to the Department, and in force on the date in Schedule 1, that lists the surgical aids and appliances for self-help and rehabilitation available to an entitled person under the Department’s Rehabilitation Appliances Program.
 
"Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP) National Guidelines" means the document of that name approved by the Commission or a member thereof, or by the Secretary to the Department, and in force on the date in Schedule 1, that assists Commission delegates when determining approval for surgical aids and appliances for self-help and rehabilitation (items) available under the Department’s Rehabilitation Appliances Program and which informs prescribers and suppliers of the processes necessary for an item to be provided to an entitled person.
 
“registered nurse” means a person who is registered under a law of a State or Territory or of the Commonwealth to practise as a registered nurse.
 
"Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Card" means the identification card entitled 'Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Card' which is provided to a person pursuant to a determination under section 93X of the Act and which entitles the person to pharmaceutical benefits in accordance with the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
 
Note: Part VA of the Act extends pharmaceutical benefits to eligible Commonwealth veterans, eligible allied veterans and to eligible allied mariners.
 
“Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme” means the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests) 2006.
 
"residential care" means personal care or nursing care, or both personal care and nursing care, that is provided to a person in a residential care facility in which the person is also provided with:
 
(a)      meals and cleaning services; and
 
(b)             appropriate staffing, furnishings, furniture and equipment for the provision of that care and accommodation;
 
but does not include any of the following:
 
(c)     care provided to a person in the person’s private home; or
 
(d)     care provided in a hospital or psychiatric facility; or
 
(e)     care provided in a residential facility that primarily provides care to people who are not frail and aged.
 
"residential care amount" means:
 
(a)     in relation to an entitled person in a hospital — an amount determined under the Health Insurance Act 1973 to be the resident contribution applicable under that Act to a nursing-home-type patient of that hospital; or
 
(b)     in relation to an entitled person (including a former prisoner of war or a person awarded the Victoria Cross) who is receiving, or received, residential care — an amount equivalent to the maximum daily amount of resident fees worked out under Division 58 of the Aged Care Act 1997.
Note: ‘maximum daily amount of resident fees’ is worked out under section 58-2 of the Aged Care Act 1997.
 
“residential care facility” means a facility in which residential care is provided to a person.
 
"residential care (respite)" means residential care provided as respite and includes residential care (28 day respite).
 
"residential care (28 day respite)" means residential care provided as respite for up to 28 days in a Financial year pursuant to the Veterans' Home Care Program.
 
"residential care subsidy" means an amount worked out under Chapter 3 of the Aged Care Act 1997 that is payable by the Commonwealth in respect of an entitled person’s residential care according to the classification level determined under Part 2.4 of that Act.
 
“respite” means a rest, break or relief for a person’s carer or a person caring for himself or herself, from the role of caring.
 
“respite admission” means the admission of an entitled person to an institution to provide rest or relief for that person’s carer, or admission to an institution of an entitled person caring for himself or herself.
 
"Respite Care" means the service under the Veterans' Home Care Program consisting of in-home respite, residential care (28 day respite) or emergency short term home relief.
 
“revoked Treatment Principles” means the legislative instrument known as the Treatment Principles (Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests) 2006 (No. R30 of 2006) made under section 16 of the Act.
 
"Rural Enhancement Scheme" means the scheme established by the Commission under subsection 84(1) of the Act, in consultation with the Australian Medical Association Ltd, and which has the following features:
 
(a)     LMOs who provide medical services (services) to entitled persons under the Rural Enhancement Scheme (Scheme) receive higher payments (as set out in the Principles) from the Department for those services than they would receive if the services were not provided under the Scheme;
 
(b)     the Scheme only applies to LMOs who provide medical services to entitled persons at certain rural public hospitals (identified rural hospitals);
 
(c)     an identified rural hospital is a hospital at which a medical practitioner may provide a medical service (service) to the public and receive from the state or territory government that, respectively, administers the state or territory in which the hospital is located, an extra amount (extra amount) for that service.
 
(d)     the extra amount is an amount representing the difference between the amount the State or Territory actually pays the medical practitioner for the service and the fee for the service listed in the Medicare Benefits Schedule.
 
            Note: as at 1 January 2005 the Rural Enhancement Scheme only operated in NSW, Vic, SA and WA.
 
“RPPPs” means the Repatriation Private Patient Principles (Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests) 2006 determined by the Commission under section 17 of the Act.
 
“social worker (mental health)” means a social worker:
 
(a) who has been given a provider number in respect of being a social worker; and
 
(b) who, in the opinion of an employee of, or consultant to, the Department or the Department of Human Services , has appropriate qualifications in social work in the area of mental health and who practises as a social worker in the area of mental health.
 
“social worker (general)” means a social worker who in the opinion of an employee of, or consultant to, the Department, has appropriate qualifications in social work and practises as a social worker.
 
“Tier 1 Hospital” means a hospital in the category described as Tier 1 in 2.1 of the RPPPs.
 
“transition care” has the meaning it has in section 15.28 of the Flexible Care Subsidy Principles 1997.
 
Note: the Flexible Care Subsidy Principles 1997 can be found on COMLAW: http://www.comlaw.gov.au
 
“veteran” means a person eligible for treatment under section 7 of the Act.
 
“Treatment principles” means the Treatment Principles (Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests) 2006 constituted by Instrument No. R54 of 2013.
 
“Veterans' Access Payment” means the amount set out in the DVA document entitled “Department of Veterans’ Affairs Fee Schedules for Medical Services”, in force on the date in schedule 1, and called the “Veterans’ Access Payment” — being an additional amount payable by the Department to an LMO for a medical service provided by the LMO to an entitled person in accordance with these Principles and the Notes for Local Medical Officers.
Note: a Veterans’ Access Payment is an amount additional to any amount otherwise payable by the Department to an LMO for a medical service provided by the LMO to an entitled person in accordance with these Principles and the Notes for Local Medical Officers.
 
“Veterans' Home Care Program” means the program of that name under the Treatment Principles in force under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.
 
“war-caused”, in relation to an injury or disease of a person, means the injury or disease is maligant neoplasia for which the person is eligible for treatment under section 7 of the Act.
 
"week" means the period from Sunday to Saturday, inclusive.
 
"White Card" means the identification card described as the Repatriation Health Card - For Specific Conditions and provided to a person who is eligible under the Act for treatment, subject to these Principles of malignant neoplasia;
 
1.4.2  In the Treatment Principles, if a Note follows a principle, paragraph or subparagraph, the Note is taken to be part of that principle, paragraph or subparagraph, as the case may be.
 
5.       Paragraph 2.1.1
 
substitute:
 
2.1.1  Subject to these Principles, the Commission may provide or arrange for treatment in Australia of:
 
(a)   entitled persons who have been issued with:
 
(i)    a White Card; or
 
(ii)   a written authorisation issued on behalf of the Commission;
 
6.       Paragraph 2.2.3 Note (1)
 
omit:
 
A "veteran" includes a former POW. 
 
7.       Paragraph 2.2.6
 
omit.
 
8.       Paragraph 2.2.7 (including the Note)
 
omit.
 
9.       Paragraph 2.4
 
substitute:
 
2.4   Treatment of malignant neoplasia
 
2.4.1  The Commission will provide, or accept financial responsibility for, treatment of an entitled person for malignant neoplasia, on and from the date that is three months before the date on which an application to be provided with that treatment is received at an office of the Department in Australia.
 
2.4.2  The Commission will provide, or accept financial responsibility for, treatment of an entitled person under paragraph 2.4.1 if the treating medical practitioner considers that a malignant neoplasm is the actual or most likely diagnosis.
 
2.4.3  Continuing financial responsibility for treatment under paragraph 2.4.1 may be reviewed and may be withdrawn by the Commission if —
 
(a)        the diagnosis is not confirmed to the satisfaction of the Commission within three months from the day on which an application to be provided with that treatment is received at an office of the Department in Australia; or
 
(b)   the Commission is satisfied that the entitled person does not suffer, or no longer suffers, any incapacity from a malignant neoplasm.
 
2.4.4  The Commission will provide or accept financial responsibility for the treatment of other conditions, symptoms, or sequelae resulting from the treatment of malignant neoplasia where it has provided treatment or accepted financial responsibility under paragraph 2.4.1.
 
10.    Paragraph 2.5
 
omit.
 
11.    Paragraph 2.6
 
omit.
 
12.    ...
 
13.    Paragraph 2.7A
 
omit.
 
14.    Paragraph 2.7B
 
omit.
 
15.    Paragraph 2.8 (including the Note)
 
substitute:
 
2.8.1  The Commission will not provide, arrange, or accept financial responsibility for treatment for a person, as an entitled person, on or from the date of notification from the Department that the person is no longer eligible under section 7 of the Act.
 
16.    Paragraph 4.3.1
 
substitute:
 
4.3.1  Subject to paragraph 3.5.1, and unless otherwise indicated in these Principles, the Commission will accept financial responsibility for treatment costs where a LMO or other GP or specialist provides or arranges for treatment of:
 
(a)   an entitled person who has been issued with a White Card for treatment of malignant neoplasia; or
 
(b)   a person who has been issued with a written authorisation on behalf of the Commission authorising the person’s treatment for malignant neoplasia;
 
Note: Principle 3.5.1 also deals with financial liability for medical practitioner fees.
 
17.    Paragraph 4.8.1(k)(including the Notes)
 
substitute:
 
(k) vaccination for an entitled person who proposes to travel outside Australia.
 
18.    Paragraph 5.2.5
 
substitute:
 
5.2.5  The annual monetary limit set under Dental Schedule C in 5.2.1 will not apply in relation to a dental service for malignant neoplasia.
 
19.    Paragraph 5.3
 
substitute:
5.3   Eligibility
5.3.1  Subject to these Principles, an entitled person who holds a White Card or written authorisation issued on behalf of the Commission, may be provided with dental services at the expense of the Commission.
 
5.3.4  A person who holds a White Card is entitled to dental treatment of a dental condition associated with malignant neoplasia and will be provided with:
 
(a)   the dental services listed in the DVA document entitled “Fee Schedule of Dental Services for Dentists and Dental Specialists”, in force on the date in Schedule 1 — on condition the services are provided in accordance with that Schedule; and
 
Note: Schedule C of the Fee Schedule imposes an annual monetary limit
 
(b)   the dental services listed in the DVA document entitled “Fee Schedule of Dental Services for Dental Prosthetists”, in force on the date in Schedule 1 — on condition the services are provided in accordance with that Schedule.
 
20.    Paragraph 5.4.2
 
substitute:
 
5.4.2 Financial responsibility for emergency dental treatment for persons who hold a “White Card " will only be accepted for treatment of a condition associated with malignant neoplasia for which the person is receiving treatment under principle 2.4.
 
21.    Paragraph 5.5
 
omit.
 
22.    Paragraph 5.7
 
substitute:
 
5.7   Prescribing of pharmaceutical benefits by dentists
5.7.1  Local Dental Officers or dental specialists may prescribe Pharmaceutical Benefits for entitled persons.
 
5.7.2  Subject to paragraph 5.7.4, prescriptions prescribed under paragraph 5.7.1 must be in accordance with the PBS.
 
5.7.3  The Commission will accept financial responsibility for Pharmaceutical Benefits, available under the PBS, that are required as part of dental treatment for a condition associated with malignant neoplasia other than the amount that would have been payable by the person if the person were a “concessional beneficiary” under the National Health Act 1953.
 
5.7.4  The Commission will accept financial responsibility for Pharmaceutical Benefits that are not available under the PBS and are required as part of dental treatment for a condition associated with malignant neoplasia but such a prescription must be written on a private prescription.
 
23.     Paragraph 6.2
 
substitute:
6.2   Eligibility under the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
6.2.1  A person is eligible to receive Pharmaceutical Benefits under the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme if that person holds a “White Card" " for malignant neoplasia.
 
24.     PART 6A
 
omit.
 
25.     PART 6B
 
omit.
 
26.     Paragraph 7.1A.1
 
omit:
 
or with the VVCS OPC Provider Notes, as the case may be,
 
 
27.     Paragraph 7.1A.1 (the Table)
 
omit (wherever occurring):
 
(except where providing service as outreach program counsellors)
 
28      Paragraph 7.1A.1 (the Table)
 
omit item 18.
 
29.    Paragraph 7.3A – 7.3A.22 (inc.)
 
omit.
 
30.     Paragraph 7.7A
 
omit.
 
31.     Paragraph 9.1.1
 
omit:
 
as well as urgent treatment for Vietnam veterans, not otherwise entitled, and their dependants as indicated in principle 2.5,
 
32.    Paragraph 9.1.1
 
omit the Note.
 
33.     Paragraph 9.3.2(d)
 
omit:
 
or (d) the entitled person is a former prisoner of war or an entitled veteran awarded the Victoria Cross;
 
34.    Paragraph 9.3.3
 
omit:
 
Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
 
substitute:
 
Act
 
35.     Paragraph 10.1.1 (including the Notes)
 
substitute:
 
10.1.1  Residential care may be provided in accordance with this Part to a person who has a current valid White Card.
 
Note 1‘residential care’ is defined in paragraph 1.4.1.
 
36.    Paragraph 10.1.3 (the Note)
 
substitute:
 
Note: The effect of paragraph 10.1.3 is to provide for payment to be made under the Act instead of the Aged Care Act 1997. Section 96-10 of the Aged Care Act 1997 provides that subsidies payable under Chapter 3 of the Aged Care Act 1997 in respect of treatment under, among other Acts, the Act, are not payable as an automatic appropriation out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund under the Aged Care Act 1997 but are payable out of that Fund in accordance with the relevant appropriation provisions relating to the arrangement of treatment by the Repatriation Commission under the Act.
 
37.     Paragraph 10.1.4
 
omit:
 
Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
 
substitute:
 
Act
 
38.     Paragraph 10.2
 
omit.
 
39.     Heading to paragraph 10.4 and paragraph 10.4
 
omit.
 
40.     Paragraph 10.5
 
omit.
 
41.     Paragraph 10.6.2 (Note (3))
 
omit.
 
42.     Paragraph 10.6.2 (Table and definitions)
 
substitute:
 
LIMITS OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ACCEPTED BY THE REPATRIATION COMMISSION FOR RESPITE ADMISSION
category of patient
 
type of care; max.period of care permitted; type of care costs accepted
type of care; max.period of care permitted; type of care costs accepted
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
residential care (28 day respite)
 
 
up to 28 days (inclusive) in a Financial year
 
residential care (respite) other than residential care (28 day respite)
 
upon an entitled person exhausting 28 days of residential care (28 day respite) in a Financial year — between and including 29 to 63 days* in that Financial year

entitled person
RCS + RCA
RCS

 
For the purposes of this table:
 
‘RCA’ means the Commission will accept financial responsibility for the residential care amount.
 
‘RCS’ means the Commission will accept financial responsibility for the residential care subsidy.
 
‘RCS + RCA’ means the Commission will accept financial responsibility for the residential care subsidy and the residential care amount.
 
* or for such further period permitted under the Residential Care Subsidy Principles.
 
43.     Paragraph 10.6.8 Note (1)
 
substitute:
 
Note (1): the effect of paragraph 10.6.8 is to provide for payment to be made under the Act instead of the Aged Care Act 1997.  Section 96-10 of the Aged Care Act 1997 provides that subsidies payable under Chapter 3 of the Aged Care Act 1997 in respect of treatment under, among other Acts, the Act, are not payable as an automatic appropriation out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund under the Aged Care Act 1997 but are payable out of that Fund in accordance with the relevant appropriation provisions relating to the arrangement of treatment by the Repatriation Commission under the Act.
 
44.     Paragraph 10.6.9
 
omit:
 
Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
 
substitute:
 
Act
 
45.     Part 10 Part D – CARE AT HOME PACKAGES
 
omit.
 
46.    Part 10 Part E - TRANSITION CARE CO-PAYMENT
 
omit.
 
47.    Paragraph 11.3.1
 
omit:
 
veterans who have a medically assessed need for these items due to a war-caused injury or disease or a determined condition other than a determined residential care condition
 
substitute:
 
entitled persons who have a medically assessed need for these items due to a condition associated with malignant neoplasia
 
 
48.    Paragraph 11.3.2
 
omit:
 
only to veterans who are
 
substitute:
 
only to entitled persons who, due to a condition associated with malignant neoplasia, are
 
49.    Paragraph 11.3.3
 
omit:
 
legally blind veteran
 
substitute:
 
legally blind entitled person
 
50.    Paragraph 11.3.3 (a)
 
substitute:
 
(a)    whose legal blindness is caused by a condition associated with malignant neoplasia; and
 
51.    Paragraph 11.3.4 preamble and paragraph (a)
 
substitute:
 
11.3.4         For the purposes of paragraph 11.3.2, a severely handicapped entitled person means a person:
 
(a)     whose severe handicap was caused by a condition associated with malignant neoplasia; and
 
52.    Paragraph 11.3.4 (c)
 
omit:
 
veteran’s
 
substitute:
 
entitled person’s
 
53.    Paragraphs 11.5.1 and 11.5.2
 
substitute:
 
11.5.1                   The Commission will approve the supply of a spectacle hearing aid when it is the only type of hearing aid appropriate and the person is entitled to the treatment of:
 
(b)     deafness associated with malignant neoplasia; or
 
(c)      a visual defect associated with malignant neoplasia and the need for a spectacle hearing aid arises from the person’s inability to accommodate spectacles and a separate hearing aid.
 
11.5.2                   Where a person who has a hearing defect associated with malignant neoplasia is provided with a spectacle hearing aid under paragraph 11.5.1:
 
(a)      new lenses will be provided; or
 
(b)     the existing spectacle lenses will be fitted as part of the aid.
 
54.    Paragraph 11.6.1(a)
 
substitute:
 
(a)    became bald as a result of a condition associated with malignant neoplasia or as a result of treatment of the condition; or
 
55.    Paragraph 11.9.1B (the Note)
 
omit.
 
56.    Paragraph 12.3.1 (the Note)
 
omit.
 
57.    Paragraph 12.5
 
omit.
 
58.    Transitional Provisions
 
substitute.
 
Transitional Provisions
 
 
 
1.                 Treatment Principles No. R54 of 2013
 
(a) any arrangement entered into, or taken to have been entered into, by the Commission or the Department with a health provider, under the revoked Treatment Principles, being an arrangement that is in force immediately before the commencement of these Principles ¾ is taken to have been entered into under these Principles.
 
(b) any decision made, or action commenced, by the Commission, the Department, a health provider or an entitled person, under the revoked Treatment Principles being a decision or action that, immediately before the commencement of these Principles, was still in force or uncompleted, as the case may be, is taken, respectively, to have been made or instigated under these Principles.
 
(c) a Scheme (eg Local Medical Officer Scheme, Local Dental Officer Scheme) prepared by the Commission under the Treatment Principles (2013 No. R52) under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA TPs) and that is referred to in these Principles, is incorporated-by-reference into these Principles as those Schemes exist on the date the VEA TPs commence.
 
Note: for the purposes of s.14 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003, the documents containing the Schemes are incorporated into the Treatment Principles as they exist on a specific date (date the VEA TPs commence) and not how they may exist from time to time.
 
 
59.    Schedule 1
 
substitute:
 
 
SCHEDULE 1 DATES FOR INCORPORATED DOCUMENTS
 
 
The date for :
 
1.       Notes for Local Medical Officers (paragraph 1.4.1);
 
2.      Department of Veterans’ Affairs Fee Schedules for Medical Services (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
3.      Notes for Allied Health Providers (paragraphs 3.5.1 and 7.1A.1);
 
4.       Optometrist Fees for Consultation (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
5.       DVA Schedule of Fees Orthoptists (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
6.       Pricing Schedule for Visual Aids (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
7.         ...
         
8.      Fee Schedule of Dental Services for Dentists and Dental Specialists (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
9.      Fee Schedule of Dental Services for Dental Prosthetists (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
          10.     Chiropractors Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
11.    Diabetes Educators Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
12.     Dietitians Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
13.    Exercise Physiologists Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
14.    Occupational Therapists Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
15.     Osteopaths Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
16.     Physiotherapists Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
17.     Psychologists Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
18.     Podiatrists Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
19.     Social Workers Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
20.    Clinical Counsellors Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
21.    Speech Pathologists Schedule of Fees (paragraph 3.5.1);
 
22.    Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs Classification System and Schedule of Item Numbers and Fees — Community Nursing Services;
 
23.     ...
 
24.    Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP) National Guidelines (paragraph 11.2A.1);
 
25.    RAP National Schedule of Equipment (paragraph 11.2A.1);
 
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