Their mission statement is 'Our mission is to support those who serve or have served in defence of our nation and commemorate their service and sacrifice' (DVA, 2012). Department of Veterans' Affairs provide a full range of services too broad to list. If you have served your country this is a one stop shop. Medical needs, aids, appliances or home modifications telephone
General enquiries.133 254 Assistance with respite care, personal care, domestic assistance or home and garden maintenance telephone 1300 550 450 Home maintenance telephone 1800 80 1945 Loans for repairs, home modifications or renovations telephone 1800 722 000.
Veterans’ Access Network Offices Locations
Tower B, Centennial Plaza, 280 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Shop 3, The Octagon Centre, 99 Phillip Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
Shop 45, Centro Tweed Shopping Centre, Wharf Street, Tweed Heads NSW 2485
250 Mann Street, Gosford NSW 2250
Office 6, Level 1, Cnr Molesworth & Conway Streets, Lismore NSW 2480
2/8 Auckland Street, Newcastle NSW 2300
Level 4, 43 Burelli Street, Wollongong NSW 250 A range of services for Veteran Gold or White card holders, these services include and are not limited to;
Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP)
Aids or appliances prescribed through the programme can include:
mobility and functional support aids
Personal Response Systems
Home medical oxygen
Continuous Positive Airways Pressure (CPAP) supplies.
RAP appliances are available on the basis of an assessed clinical need made by an appropriately qualified health provider such as a:
speech pathologist (speech therapist).
In certain instances, DVA will fund home modifications for Gold or White card holders (with assessed need due to an accepted disability) based upon their clinical need as assessed and prescribed by an appropriate health professional.
Service (Assistance) Dogs
Guide dogs are the only type of service dog included on the Rehabilitation Appliance Program (RAP) National Schedule of Equipment and are considered for veterans who are vision impaired. The provision of a guide dog under RAP is based on assessed clinical need due to a war-caused injury/accepted disability. Funding includes: the dog, harness, training, freight, and accommodation during training Hearing and mobility service dogs are not listed on the RAP Schedule as an aid for veterans. Requests to DVA for the supply of aids (such as service dogs) and appliances that do not appear on the Schedule must be referred in writing to the Director, Health Access, for consideration. To be eligible for the provision of a service dog the veteran must hold a DVA Health Card—For All Conditions (Gold Card) or a DVA Health Card—For Specific Conditions (White Card) and have an assessed clinical need due to a war-caused injury/accepted disability. In the case of a request for a service dog, the request would be considered as specific to aid persons with mobility impairment.