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Media Release: Defence Reservists Deserve Non-Liability Health Care

Three key ex-service organisations have called for non-liability health care (NLHC) for all Defence Reservists. The Defence Reserves Association (DRA), the Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA), and the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) have written a joint letter to the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel, Matt Keogh, seeking his support for the extension of health care to all those serving in the reserve forces.

Productivity Commission Implementation Update

On 14 May 2021, the Government provided an update on its response to the Productivity Commission Report, A Better Way to Support Veterans. The Government will finalise any outstanding matters from the Productivity Commission report at the completion of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.

The Boys Case – Date of Clinical Onset Gone Wrong!

A March 2022 decision of the Federal Court – Boys v Repatriation Commission – found that the date of clinical onset of cervical spondylosis was the date the veteran had the x-ray that was used to diagnose the illness. This is contrary to DVA policy and existing law regarding clinical onset and diagnosis. Why did it go wrong?