The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is constantly examining methods to improve communication with General Practitioners (GPs), specifically, how to raise awareness of the various DVA-funded health services available to their veteran patients.
To assist in addressing this, DVA as developed an Information for Medical Practitioners package, particularly aimed at newly graduating GPs, those practising in rural and regional areas, and GPs who are International Medical Graduates (IMGs). Moreover, it can be utilised as a ‘refresher’ for any GP who treats members of the veteran community.
The package consists of:
- an Introduction;
- three information modules;
- a list of web links to information referred to in the modules;
- two useful DVA reference documents - the DVA Funded Health Services and DVA Treatment Entitlement Cards Charts; and
- feedback form.
The modules, which can be used either individually or sequentially, consist of:
Module 1: Introduction to DVA
Module 2: DVA’s Health Programs – Hospital, Medical and Allied Health Services
Module 3: DVA’s Health Programs – Health and Related Services
The package is designed to be downloaded from the DVA website and the modules used either in PowerPoint presentation form as training tools by GP educators/organisations or in hard copy form, along with the other components of the package, as a reference document for individuals/practices.
The package will provide GPs (in any location) with a broad overview - a ‘snapshot’ - of DVA and its health services, together with relevant links and contact details to gain further detailed information.