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March 17, 2011
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CHANGES to the ADF Family Health
Trial will begin on April 1 after feed-
back from families showed a desire
for more choice and flexibility in their
The trial, which aims to assess a
suitable healthcare model for ADF
families, began in May 2009 in sev-
eral cities across Australia.
However, a mid-2010 evaluation of
700 ADF families found many wanted
a greater choice of general practition-
ers than the doctors assigned to the
In response, the Directorate of
ADF Dependant Healthcare has said
eligible families will be able to visit
any general practice and be reim-
bursed for out-of-pocket expenses
from April 1.
The directorate said all Medicare-
recognised services provided in a
general practice would also now be
eligible for reimbursement through
the Medicare rebate and the Family
No Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) lia-
bility applies on services that are bulk
Only amounts claimed for reim-
bursement will attract FBT.
The changes will also give families
greater flexibility in how they use the
current $320 dental provision, with
some allied health services such as
physiotherapy, optometry, chiropractic
and podiatry eligible under the allow-
Further information on the chang-
es and how to register for the trial
can be found on the Defence Intranet
We want choice New deal
EMPLOYERS from both the private
and public sectors are being encour-
aged to develop leave policies to
support ADF reservists within their
organisations as part of a new reserves-
The program is the Supportive
Employers program. Head of Cadet,
Reserve and Employer Support
Division MAJGEN Paul Brereton
launched the program in mid-Febru-
ary.Employers are being asked to
develop Defence reserves leave
policies and become 'Supportive
The program was designed
to encourage employers to call the
Defence Reserves Support helpline
or visit the reserves website for more
information on the program.
"The campaign includes advertise-
ments that feature some of Australia's
leading chief executive officers and
managing directors. They will be
seen in publications, online and also
aboard Qantas aircraft," MAJGEN
"We appreciate the support of
employers who support reservists and
hope that other employers will take
their lead and sign up to the program."
Employers do not need to have
reservists on staff to have the policies
in place or sign up as a 'Supportive
For more information, call 1800 803 485
or visit www.defence.gov.au/reserves
sites/ADFDepHealth or internet at
The ADF Family Health team can be
contacted on (02) 6266 3547.
The ADF family health trial is
continuing to provide health
benefits in the following regional
and remote locations:
Western Australia -- Broome,
Carnarvon, Derby, Exmouth,
Karratha, Kununurra, Newman,
Port Hedland and Tom Price.
Northern Territory -- Alice
Springs, Darwin, Katherine and
Queensland -- Cairns, Mt Isa,
Thursday Island, Townsville,
Tully and Weipa.
New South Wales -- Singleton.
Victoria -- Puckapunyal and
HEALTH FOR ALL
POSITIVE CHANGES: ADF
families will enjoy greater flexibility
with their healthcare options.
Photo: CPL David Gibbs
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