Legislative change extending eligibility to a DVA Health Card for Specific Conditions (White Card) for DRCA clients has created some changes in the way that aids and appliances are provided. DRCA clients who hold a White Card are now not able to access medical aids and appliances through section 16 of the DRCA. These changes mean that consideration must first be given to whether the required aid or appliance can be provided through RAP.
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The provision of alterations, modifications, aids and appliances are covered under:
The following table outlines the responsibilities for providing supports and services for serving members who have not been identified as ‘likely to separate from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for medical reasons" or who have not reached the point of separation from the ADF. These responsibilities are supported by the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between DVA and Defence and the relevant legislation.
The intention behind providing aids and appliances, modifications to vehicles and modifications/alterations to a person’s residence, workplace or educational setting is to enable a person to:
be as independent as possible;
effectively manage the impact of their accepted conditions; and
improve their quality of life.
This chapter explains how requests for alterations, modifications, aids and appliances are managed and processed.