3.2 The Needs Assessment Process

Whilst members are still serving, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) retains primary responsibility for the provision of health care. However, this does not preclude the early commencement of rehabilitation services from the military compensation system for those members proceeding to discharge and where it has been determined to be in the best interests of the member.

For part-time members of the ADF, such as Reservists and Service Cadets, health and rehabilitation support should commence as soon as the claim for compensation is accepted. This is because: