Community nursing services

Community nursing is the provision of nursing services to you (as an eligible verteran), in your own home to meet a clinical and/or personal care need.DVA contracts with community nursing providers to deliver these services.

To receive personal care services from a community nursing provider, you needs must be greater than 1 hour and 30 minutes per week. If your need is less than that, and you do not require any nursing services to meet a clinical need, the personal care services may be delivered under the Veterans' Home Care (VHC) programme.

Your doctor, treating doctor in hospital, a hospital discharge planner or a VHC assessment agency can arrange for your to receive as assessment for community nursing care from a contracted community nursing provider.

If you have a gold card, DVA will pay for all community nursing services that you require to meet an assessed clinical and/or personal care need.

If you have a white card, DVA will pay for the community nursing services that you are assessed as requiring which are associated with:

  • an accepted disability
  • malignant cancer, pulmonary tuberculosis or post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder and depression, if DVA has granted treatment benefits for these conditions
    • treatment benefits for these conditions will be granted if DVA is provided with a confirmed diagnosis from a suitably qualified medical practitioner
    • treatment for these conditions are granted whether or not they have been accepted as being causally related to eligible VEA service

DVA has a fact sheet HSV16 which describes how you can access community nursing services, if your doctor thinks it necessary.

If you have any questions regarding community nursing and need assistance click here for 'Help!' or to give us a call

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