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Category 1 - PROFESSIONAL ATTENDANCES

AN.0.69

Australian Defence Force Post-discharge GP Health Assessment

Items 701, 703, 705 and 707 may be used to undertake a health assessment for a former serving member of the Australian Defence Force, including a former member of permanent and reserve forces.

A health assessment for a former serving member of the Australian Defence Force is an assessment of:

  1. a patient's physical and psychological health and social function; and
  2. whether health care, education and other assistance should be offered to the patient to improve their physical, psychological health or social function.

This health assessment must include:

  1. a personal attendance by a general practitioner; and
  2. taking the patient's history, including the following:
    1. the patient's service with the Australian Defence Force, including service type, years of service, field of work, number of deployments and reason for discharge;
    2. the patient's social history, including relationship status, number of children (if any) and current occupation;
    3. the patient's current medical conditions;
    4. whether the patient suffers from hearing loss or tinnitus;
    5. the patient's use of medication, including medication prescribed by another doctor and medication obtained without a prescription;
    6. the patient's smoking, if applicable;
    7. the patient's alcohol use, if applicable;
    8. the patient's substance use, if applicable;
    9. the patient's level of physical activity;
    10. whether the patient has bodily pain;
    11. whether the patient has difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep;
    12. whether the patient has psychological distress;
    13. whether the patient has posttraumatic stress disorder;
    14. whether the patient is at risk of harm to self or others;
    15. whether the patient has anger problems;
    16. the patient's sexual health;
    17. any other health concerns the patient has.

The assessment must also include the following:

  1. measuring the patient's height;
  2. weighing the patient and ascertaining, or asking the patient, whether the patient's weight has changed in the last 12 months;
  3. measuring the patient's waist circumference;
  4. taking the patient's blood pressure;
  5. using information gained in the course of taking the patient's history to assess whether any further assessment of the patient's health is necessary;
  6. either making the further assessment or referring the patient to another medical practitioner who can make the further assessment;
  7. documenting a strategy for improving the patient's health;
  8. offering to give the patient a written report of the assessment that makes recommendations for treating the patient including preventive health measures;
  9. keeping a record of the assessment.

A general practitioner may use the 'ADF Post-discharge GP Health Assessment Tool' as a screening tool for the health assessment. This assessment tool can be viewed on the At Ease portal of the Department of Veterans' Affairs' website at: http://at-ease.dva.gov.au. Other assessment tools mentioned in the Department of Veteran's Affairs Mental Health Advice Book may be relevant and can also be viewed on the At Ease portal.

This health assessment may only be claimed once by an eligible patient.

The health assessment must not be performed in conjunction with a separate consultation in relation to the patient unless the consultation is clinically necessary.

The health assessment must be performed by the patient's usual doctor.

Related Items: 701 703 705 707


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Health Assessments

The category of people eligible for health assessments are :

a)     People aged 40 to 49 years (inclusive) with a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes as determined by the Australian     Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool

b)     People between the age of 45 and 49 (inclusive) who are at risk of developing a chronic disease

c)     People aged 75 years and older

d)     Permanent residents of a Residential Aged Care Facility

e)     People who have an intellectual disability

f)     Humanitarian entrants who are resident in Australia with access to Medicare services, including Refugees and Special     Humanitarian Program and Protection Program entrants

g)     Former serving members of the Australian Defence Force including former members of permanent and reserve forces

Category 1 - PROFESSIONAL ATTENDANCES

701

701 - Additional Information

Item Start Date:
01-May-2010
Description Updated:
01-Jul-2018
Schedule Fee Updated:
01-Jul-2019

Professional attendance by a general practitioner  to perform a brief health assessment, lasting not more than 30 minutes and including:

(a) collection of relevant information, including taking a patient history; and

(b) a basic physical examination; and

(c) initiating interventions and referrals as indicated; and

(d) providing the patient with preventive health care advice and information

Fee: $60.30 Benefit: 100% = $60.30

(See para AN.0.36, AN.0.37, AN.0.38, AN.0.39, AN.0.40, AN.0.41, AN.0.42, AN.0.69 of explanatory notes to this Category)

Category 1 - PROFESSIONAL ATTENDANCES

703

703 - Additional Information

Item Start Date:
01-May-2010
Description Updated:
01-Jul-2018
Schedule Fee Updated:
01-Jul-2019

Professional attendance by a general practitioner to perform a standard health assessment, lasting more than 30 minutes but less than 45 minutes, including:

(a) detailed information collection, including taking a patient history; and

(b) an extensive physical examination; and

(c) initiating interventions and referrals as indicated; and

(d) providing a preventive health care strategy for the patient

Fee: $140.10 Benefit: 100% = $140.10

(See para AN.0.36, AN.0.37, AN.0.38, AN.0.39, AN.0.40, AN.0.41, AN.0.42, AN.0.69 of explanatory notes to this Category)

Category 1 - PROFESSIONAL ATTENDANCES

705

705 - Additional Information

Item Start Date:
01-May-2010
Description Updated:
01-Jul-2018
Schedule Fee Updated:
01-Jul-2019

Professional attendance by a general practitioner  to perform a long health assessment, lasting at least 45 minutes but less than 60 minutes, including:

(a) comprehensive information collection, including taking a patient history; and

(b) an extensive examination of the patient's medical condition and physical function; and

(c) initiating interventions and referrals as indicated; and

(d) providing a basic preventive health care management plan for the patient

Fee: $193.35 Benefit: 100% = $193.35

(See para AN.0.36, AN.0.37, AN.0.38, AN.0.39, AN.0.40, AN.0.41, AN.0.42, AN.0.69 of explanatory notes to this Category)

Category 1 - PROFESSIONAL ATTENDANCES

707

707 - Additional Information

Item Start Date:
01-May-2010
Description Updated:
01-Jul-2018
Schedule Fee Updated:
01-Jul-2019

Professional attendance by a general practitioner to perform a prolonged health assessment (lasting at least 60 minutes) including:

(a) comprehensive information collection, including taking a patient history; and

(b) an extensive examination of the patient's medical condition, and physical, psychological and social function; and

(c) initiating interventions or referrals as indicated; and

(d) providing a comprehensive preventive health care management plan for the patient

Fee: $273.10 Benefit: 100% = $273.10

(See para AN.0.36, AN.0.37, AN.0.38, AN.0.39, AN.0.40, AN.0.41, AN.0.42, AN.0.69 of explanatory notes to this Category)


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  • Amend - Amended Description
  • Anaes - Anaesthetic Values Amended
  • Emsn - EMSN Change
  • Fee - Fee Amended
  • Renum - Item Number Change (renumbered)
  • New - New Item
  • NewMin - New Item (previous Ministerial Determination)
  • Qfe - QFE Change