GPs to co-ordinate veterans' allied healthcare

Doctors have previously been excluded from communication loops, says AMA

GPs have been given greater control over veterans’ allied health treatment after a tightening of the referral process came into effect last week.

Veteran GP

Under the changes, Department of Veterans’ Affairs clients now must return to the GP after 12 sessions with an allied health service or one year, depending on whichever ends first, in a bid to increase GP management and oversight. 

Previously, veterans outside the Co-ordinated Veterans’ Care Program could attend an unlimited number of allied health sessions during a referral period without