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September 26, 2013
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REIMBURSEMENT of basic
healthcare including allied health
and specialist services such as
dental and optical will be avail-
able for families of all permanent
and reserve members on con-
tinuous full-time service from
January 1 next year.
The ADF Family Health
Program will reimburse an unlim-
ited amount of gap expenses for vis-
its to a general practitioner and up
to $400 a family member for allied
health and specialist services. This
can be transferred between family
members and combined to cover
more expensive services.
Director General Strategic
Health Coordination AIRCDRE
Tracy Smart said about 71,000 ADF
dependants would be eligible to
benefit from the program when it
"Since 2009, Defence has been
conducting a trial into improv-
ing access to healthcare for ADF
dependants in eight regional and
remote locations," AIRCDRE Smart
"A thorough evaluation of the
trial was completed in early 2012
which identified the most effective
model for delivery of this initiative.
"The trial has been well received
and appreciated by the Defence
families involved, and revealed
overwhelming support for the
national roll out of the program."
Despite all dependants of ADF
members being eligible for the
program, families must sign up and
be recognised on PMKeyS before
claims can be made.
The program has been designed
to allow families to continue using
any local services in the community
they already might be using any-
where around Australia.
Members and their families
who use the service need to know
that benefits claimed are report-
able fringe benefits and it is
recommended to seek financial
advice before claiming. There are
some fact sheets on the ADF Family
Health website that may also be of
AIRCDRE Smart said Defence
families faced a number of chal-
lenges, some unique to service life.
"This program clearly demon-
strates recognition of these chal-
lenges and the service and sacrifices
made by ADF personnel and their
families," she said.
AIR Force members
to wear black, elasti
on an optional basis
DCAF AVM Leo Da
of Air Force policy o
Deputy Director A
Uniforms WGCDR T
said the style of boot
conform to that show
"Boots are to be
plain black leather
with no additional
"The sole may be either
or rubber and brand names on the
pull on tabs are acceptable."
The following styles of boot
meet the criteria, however, other
brands may be worn if they con-
form with the appearance and mate-
Healthcare for families
HELPING HAND: Families of ADF personnel, like
33SQN pilot FLTLT Justin Ryder, will benefit from
the introduction of the ADF Family Health Program.
Photo: LACW Kylie Gibson
To become part of the program,
personnel should ensure depend-
ants are recognised on PMKeyS by
checking PMKeyS Self Service or
contacting their local administration
To register for the program,
complete the Webform 'AD858-1
ADF Family Health Registration',
which is available on the DRN. A
PDF version is also available on the
public Defence homepage.
For more information, visit www.
Healthcare/i-healthcare.htm, email ADF.
check out the Facebook page at www.
facebook.com/ADFfamilyhealth or phone
(02) 6266 3547.
Any general practitioner (GP) can be
used and the remaining gap, after
the Medicare rebate, can be claimed
through this program.
There is no limit to how many visits to
GPs a family member can have or limit
to the amount of gap payment.
Services must have a Medicare
Benefits Schedule item number to be
Family members should pay the fee
at time of service, claim the Medicare
rebate and then claim the gap through
the ADF Family Health Program.
Claims can be lodged by form or an
The gap payment should be received
within two business days of receipt
-- subject to provision of required
Allied Health and Specialist
Each family member will be allocated
$400 each financial year.
This amount can be transferred
between family members.
Most claims will be able to be
processed on the spot electronically by
using the ADF Family Health Card.
Eligible services include audiology,
chiropractic, dental, dietician,
occupational therapy, optical, osteopa-
thy, physiotherapy, psychology, podia-
try/chiropody and speech therapy.
ADF FAMILY HEALTH PROGRAM
New choices in footwear
R.M. Williams: Dress Craftsman,
Dress Tambo, Dress Jodphur,
Dress Gardener and Dress
Baxter: Rider, Henry Baxter,
Drover and Horseman.
The boots may be worn with
Service Dress (SD) slacks and
trousers when these garments are
worn as working dress or form
part of mess dress. The boots may
t be worn with SD uniform at any
WGCDR Curtain said indi-
viduals choosing to wear the
footwear must remember that,
because the material is plain
leather, regular cleaning and
maintenance was required to
ensure the boots presented an
acceptable level of appearance.
"Acquisition of the boots is an
ndividual responsibility," he said.
"If any product purchased does
ot meet appearance and material
criteria, it will not be permitted to
be worn with the Air Force
For further information contact WGCDR
Terry Curtain on (02) 6265 4206 or
WOFF Richard Neal on (02) 6265 1084.
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