The DVA Community Nursing Program
The Department of Veterans' (DVA) Community Nursing Program delivers community and home nursing services to eligible people to meet their clinical and personal care needs as assessed. Alpha Nursing is extremely proud to be an approved provider of services to Veterans and their widows through the community nursing program.
DVA's Community Nursing Program is aimed at enhancing the health outcomes and independence of the eligible person by avoiding early and unnecessary admission to residential care and/or hospital by providing access to community nursing services.
The community nursing program can assist with
- Medication Management
- Wound Care
- Diabetes Management
- Personal Care, including assistance with dressing and showering
Program services are determined by your clinical needs and may be short or long term following an illness or injury. Unlike other funding arrangements where you receive a package of funding, there are no funding limits, rather the DVA fund care based on your assessed needs.
Alpha Nursing cares for entitled veteran community members in their own home through the DVA community nursing program. All of the DVA Community Nursing Services are delivered by highly experienced and fully qualified personal carers and registered nurses. All staff undergo a thorough background check and carry a current and valid police check & working with children check.
Depending on your DVA card type, the department will fund certain types of care. Only gold and white card holders are eligible for the program, unless permission is received from the DVA with your referral for services.
Gold Card holders: The DVA will fund community nursing services that meet your assessed personal care and/or clinical requirements.
White card holders: The DVA will only fund community nursing services if they are required due to an accepted disability, this includes war or service caused injury or disease.
If you are unsure of your eligibility for the program, Alpha Nursing can contact the department on your behalf to confirm your entitlement, and advocate on your behalf if you need a little extra support.
Accessing the DVA community nursing program
Call us on 1300 493 608 to start the access process, our friendly home care team will guide you through the process and help you with your referral if you do not already have one. A referral can be obtained on your behalf from a:
- General Practitioner (GP)
- your treating doctor in hospital
- a hospital discharge planner
Once we have received your referral, an assessment will be arranged for you to assess your needs. If you would prefer us to speak with a family member or carer we are happy to do so with your permission.
Your care will commence after the assessment and we will continue to monitor and reassess your needs as they change.
Providing you are confirmed as eligible you will not be required to pay. We will bill the department of Veterans affairs on your behalf, we will also charge DVA for wound dressings and bandages as long as they are clinically required.
Contacting the DVA
You can find out more information about the DVA community nursing program by visiting www.dva.gov.au