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Dept. of Veterans' Affairs health cards programme expanded

The Government has announced an expansion in the number of people eligible for treatment through the Department of Veterans' Affairs health cards program.

Under measures included in the 2017-18 Budget, and now passed into legislation by Parliament, the following groups can take advantage of the DVA programs: 
  • Australian participants in British Nuclear Tests and the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan at the end of World War Two. (This includes non- Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel who were in test areas but not associated with the tests themselves.) 
They are now eligible for a Gold Card which provides them with treatment for any medical condition, including dental, regardless of whether or not it was related to their service. 
  • All current and former members of the ADF who have rendered at least one day of continuous full-time service. 
They are now able to access treatment, through the White Card, for any mental health condition, without the need to prove that the condition is related to their service. 

These measures came into effect on 1 July 2017.