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My Health Record Pilot
My Health Record is the new
name of the national digital
health record system previ-
ously known as the Personally
Controlled Electronic Health
Record or PCEHR.
Having a My Health Record
means your important health
information like allergies,
medical conditions and treat-
ments, medicine details, test
or scan reports can be digitally
stored in one place. Doctors,
specialists and hospital staff
and other nominated health-
care providers can see it online
from anywhere at any time
when they need to, like in an
accident or emergency.
Around 2.6 million Austral-
ians already have a My Health
Record. Nearly 2,000 Austral-
ians are signing up every day.
As more people use the My
Health Record system, Austral-
ia’s national health system
will become better connected.
This will result in better, faster
and more efficient care for you
and your family.
An opt-out pilot trialling
new participation arrange-
ments for individuals will be
run between March and June
this year. The pilot will be
conducted in North Queens-
land and Blue Mountains/
Nepean and aims to inform
future strategies to realise the
benefits of My Health Record
If you do not already have
a My Health Record and live in
one of these areas, you may
have recently received a let-
ter from the Department of
Health notifying you that
your My Health Record will be
created automatically for you
and any dependants listed on
your Medicare Card. If you
don’t want a My Health Record
automatically created for you,
your dependants, or anyone
for whom you are the nomi-
nated carer, you will need to
let the Department of Health
know by 27 May 2016.
You can do this by going to
calling 1800 723 471 or visit-
ing a Medicare Service Centre.
Regardless of where in Aus-
tralia you live, you can also
sign up for a My Health Record
via these contact points. Have
your Medicare card and other
Don’t forget My Health Record
includes a ‘Veteran and Aus-
tralian Defence Force (ADF)
Status’ indicator. This self-
identifying indicator can be
selected when you register or
when updating your ‘personal
details’ in the My Health Record.
DEBUNKING THE MYTHS:
Widowed partners’ eligibility for the Gold Card
What is a DVA Gold Card?
Most people refer to the ‘DVA Health Card – for all conditions’ as the
Gold Card. The Gold Card provides access to free health care and
related services for all health conditions.
It is widely known that the Gold Card is provided to many veterans
based on their level of service related incapacity or through having
qualifying service and satisfying other criteria. However, Gold Card
eligibility for a widowed partner is less understood.
Can the Gold Card be transferred
to a widowed partner?
A Gold Card is not transferrable to a
widowed partner. The widowed partner
needs to meet eligibility requirements in
their own right.
How can widowed partners of
veterans receive the Gold Card?
A widowed partner’s eligibility for the
Gold Card is linked to their eligibility
for compensation payments such as the
war widow’s/er’s pension or equivalent,
under the relevant military compensa-
In some circumstances, these compen-
sation payments together with the Gold
Card, are granted automatically to the
widow/er. In other circumstances, a vet-
eran’s death must generally be related to
their ADF service in order for the widow/
er to receive compensation.
DVA staff raise funds for Legacy
Staff from DVA helped to raise nearly $8,000
for Legacy through a silent auction of display
items no longer needed by the department.
Then President of Canberra Legacy, Brigadier Bill Rolfe, accepting the cheque
from DVA Secretary, Simon Lewis.
The charity event held late last
year was a huge success. DVA
staff were invited to bid on a
variety of framed prints, books,
memorabilia and assorted curios
that had accumulated over the
years, prior to the Canberra office
move from Lovett Tower.
The auction attracted a high
participation rate from DVA staff
and there was some spirited bid-
ding on the day, particularly in
the minutes before the auction
closed. Winning bidders were
happy with their treasures and
pleased that the money raised
would go to Legacy.
The framed prints which had
adorned the walls of Lovett
Tower proved popular on the
day, with prints of rural Aus-
tralian landscapes attracting
significant interest. The highest
single bid made in the auction
was for a pair of Canadian carved
All proceeds from the auction
were donated to Legacy to help
continue its wide-ranging and
important work caring for the
families of deceased and incapaci-
In one of his last formal activi-
ties as President of Canberra
Legacy, Brigadier Bill Rolfe
accepted a cheque for $7,850 from
DVA Secretary, Simon Lewis
(both pictured above). Brigadier
Rolfe will be greatly missed and
his commitment to Legacy and
the veteran community was dem-
onstrated right up to the end of
his remarkable life.
When is compensation and Gold
Card automatically provided?
Under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986, a war
widow’s pension and Gold Card is automati-
cally granted if the veteran was an ex-prisoner
of war or was eligible for:
• the Extreme Disablement Adjustment, or
• disability pension at the Intermediate Rate,
the Temporary Special Rate or the Special Rate,
• a disability pension at an increased rate for
certain conditions, such as amputations and
For service after 1 July 2004, comparable
benefits are automatically provided under the
Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
if the deceased member met the eligibility
criteria for the Special Rate Disability Pension
during some period of his or her life or had
been assessed as having a permanent impair-
ment of 80 or more points as a result of service
injuries or diseases.
There is no provision for the Gold Card
under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensa-
tion Act 1988 (SRCA). Broadly, the SRCA covers
part-time service between 3 January 1949 –
30 June 2004, although some ADF members
who served during this time also have VEA
My partner was not receiving
one of the payments
mentioned above, so is there
any way I can be granted a
If you believe that your partner’s
death was related to their ADF service,
you are encouraged to lodge a claim
for compensation. In the event that
your partner’s death is determined to
be related to ADF service, you would
be granted compensation, and poten-
tially a Gold Card.
What if I need help lodging
a claim for compensation or
would like more information?
You can visit your nearest DVA or Vet-
erans’ Access Network (VAN) office
for assistance, or contact DVA on 133
254 or from regional Australia free call
1800 555 254.
More information is also avail-
able online on DVA’s website
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