Amendment Statement of Principles
MALIGNANT NEOPLASM OF THE OESOPHAGUS
No. 56 of 2011
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 malignant neoplasm of the oesophagus No. 56 of 2011.
2. The Repatriation Medical Authority amends, under subsection 196B(8) of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986, Statement of Principles concerning malignant neoplasm of the oesophagus Instrument No. 42 of 2007 by:
(A) Replacing existing factor "(d)" in clause 6 with the following:
"(d) having received a cumulative equivalent dose of at least 0.5 sievert of ionising radiation to the oesophagus at least ten years before the clinical onset of malignant neoplasm of the oesophagus; or";
(B) Inserting the definition of "cumulative equivalent dose" in clause 9 as follows:
'"cumulative equivalent dose" means the total dose of ionising radiation received by the particular organ or tissue. The formula used to calculate the cumulative equivalent dose allows doses from multiple types of ionising radiation to be combined, by accounting for their differing biological effect. The unit of equivalent dose is the sievert. For the purposes of this Statement of Principles, the calculation of cumulative equivalent dose excludes doses received from normal background radiation, but includes therapeutic radiation, diagnostic radiation, cosmic radiation at high altitude, radiation from occupation-related sources and radiation from nuclear explosions or accidents;'; and
(C) Deleting the definition of "a course of therapeutic radiation" from clause 9.
3. The amendment made by this instrument applies to all matters to which Instrument No. 42 of 2007, section 120B of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 and section 339 of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 apply.
4. The amendment made by this instrument takes effect from 25 May 2011.
Dated this ninth day of May 2011
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