What is DVA?
DVA refers to the Department of Veteran Affairs. This is a source of funding for health care for eligible veterans who will have their treatment, such as podiatry care completely funded. The level of funding depends on the type of DVA member card.
Types of DVA Members where Podiatry Treatment Can Be Funded:
- Gold card members: DVA will cover Podiatry services that are required clinically.
- White card members: DVA will cover Podiatry services that are required due to an accepted war or service related issue. Services are generally more restricted.
Before Seeking Podiatry Services:
Speak to your GP for a referral to access Podiatry care. Depending on the type of Podiatry treatment required, prior approval may also be required from DVA.
Funded DVA Podiatry Services Include:
- Routine nail and skincare.
- Physical therapy: Mobilisation and manipulation of the foot and ankle joints, shockwave therapy.
- Diagnostic/assessment modalities: Doppler assessment of the feet, neurological testing, biomechanical assessments of the feet.
- Treatment modalities: Orthoses, footwear modifications and possible prescription of medical grade footwear.