Department of Veterans Affairs
Osteopaths are very happy to provide services to Australian veterans.
To access Department of Veterans Affairs services: You will need a referral from a GP, specialist, treating hospital doctor, hospital discharge planner or an osteopath with a current referral.
The Department of Veterans Affairs also advises that people may be able to receive osteopathic services if they have a clinical need and a:
- Veteran Gold Card; or
- White Veteran Card and the treatment is for an accepted service-related condition.
Some Handy Tips
Before Booking Your Appointment, get a referral
- Get a referral from your GP, specialist, treating hospital doctor, a hospital discharge planner, or an osteopath with a current referral.
When Booking with an Osteopath, ask some questions
- Have your DVA card ready, so your eligibility can be checked.
- Your osteopath must be able to provide services under Medicare, so confirm that they do this before accepting an appointment slot.
- Tell your treating osteopath the name of any other osteopath, physiotherapist or chiropractor who has provided you with treatment during the previous 12 months.
- This will prevent your current provider from experiencing difficulties in claiming payment for services provided to you.
Costs / Charges
- Your osteopath can claim from DVA directly for an eligible service they provide to you.
- You should not have to pay anything out of pocket.
- Osteopaths are not permitted to charge a Gap Fee.
Gold and White Card Holders
- DVA Gold cardholders: DVA will pay for osteopathic services to meet your clinical needs.
- DVA White cardholders: DVA will pay for osteopathic services related to your accepted injury or disease.