As posted on the DHAA National Website: www.dhaa.asn.au
URGENT NOTICE: Hygienists unable to provide treatment under Medicare DVA Scheme
The DHAA Inc. wish to advise all dental Hygienist practitioners legislation prohibits services provided by Dental Hygienists to Department of Veteran Affairs patients.
Department of Veterans Affairs have published Guidance Notes which may be view at
The DHAA Inc. have been in very regular communication with the ADA regarding this issue and the ADA will be publishing advice to their members that treatment must be done only by listed providers.
There is no doubt the legislation is flawed and this presents an untenable situation and has implications for the aged community general health and oral health. Hygienists have operated within scope of practice and historically provided quality care for veterans.
We have been in contact with Department of Veteran Affairs who have verbally advised hygienists are unable to provide services under current legislation. ADA has received this information in writing.
The DHAA Inc. have written to the Health Minister Hon Tanya Plibersek and have requested a meeting regarding Legislation changes, we also lobbying members of the Senate and advocating Legislative Changes.
The DHAA Inc. is meeting with ADA and will also request a meeting with Hon. Warren Snowden Minister of Veteran Affairs
We are circulating this information to correspond with ADA and ANZAP, ASP and DPL information to members.
We acknowledge this is an unacceptable public health issue and are working hard to change legislation to restore historical service.
We strongly advise you discuss this matter with your employer and contact your local member of parliament and ask your Veteran Affairs patients to do the same.