AMA Submission to DVA Review on Dental and Allied Health Arrangements

19 Feb 2016

In response to the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) Review of Dental and Allied Health Arrangements the AMA has highlighted that the GP referral is the basis of a shared care arrangement between the GP and allied health provider. More formal reporting from Allied Health Providers back to the referring GP is needed to ensure continuity of care and clinical accountability.

Given the wide ranging health care needs of both the contemporary and the ageing veteran population the AMA encourages the DVA to ensure that new provider engagement mechanisms are introduced so that DVA can be kept well appraised of veterans' health care needs.

The AMA has also encouraged the DVA to routinely remind GPs of the services available to veterans' and how they can access them, and wherever possible to minimise red tape through the use of electronic forms.