It is important that no conflict of interest arises, where clients receive a range of services from a rehabilitation service provider.
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medical management rehabilitation
When to use DVA Health Cards
Even where a person is on a medical management rehabilitation plan to assist them to manage their accepted conditions, the cost of any treatment for their conditions must be met via the DVA Health Card system, not through the rehabilitation plan. Treatment includes, but is not limited to, massage therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopathic and naturopathic services.
Medical management support
DVA may identify if a client requires medical management support if the client:
This section contains information about the types of support programs that may provide an adjunct to medical treatment. These programs have a focus on assisting a client to live as independently as possible in the community. They include short term, one off gymnasium-pool memberships for therapeutic exercise programs, the provision of home exercise equipment, independent living programs such as Veterans' Home Care and Household and Attendant Care Services, and the Community Nursing Program.
Medical management rehabilitation is the monitoring of treatment measures to restore or maximise a person's physical and psychological function. This may involve encouraging clients to attend and participate in medical and allied health services specifically aimed at treating their physical and/or mental health conditions to help achieve recovery and well being.
DVA's rehabilitation approach
DVA's approach to rehabilitation is much broader than just treatment to promote physical recovery from an injury or illness related to service in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
DVA uses a whole of person approach to rehabilitation which can be best explained by the following definition of rehabilitation used by the Australian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine: