New software function for Australian Defence Force Post-discharge General Practitioner Health Assessment launched

A new software function to improve efficiencies for general practices when undertaking Australian Defence Force (ADF) Post-discharge General Practitioner (GP) Health Assessments has been introduced in the latest release of Best Practice Software’s Bp Premier, entitled Indigo.

Military service is a unique experience, bringing with it camaraderie, identity and purpose. It is also physically and mentally demanding and can involve stress and risk.

DVA funds a range of specialised treatment services to meet the health needs of former serving members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

The ADF Post-discharge GP Health Assessment is a comprehensive health assessment available to all former ADF members – including former serving members of the permanent and reserve forces. There are no time restrictions for accessing this one-off health assessment. The assessment is funded under the Medicare Benefits Schedule health assessment items 701, 703, 705, 707.

The ADF Post-discharge GP Health Assessment assists GPs with the early identification and diagnosis of any mental and physical health concerns for ex-serving personnel. The assessment specifically screens for alcohol use, substance use and, psychological distress, including posttraumatic stress disorder. It also assists with considerations around appropriate treatments and referrals to other services, including DVA services.

A detailed Guide to the ADF Post-discharge GP Health Assessment along with a Quick Reference Guide are available online. These resources detail the key actions, treatment options and referral pathways available to doctors following the completion of the assessment. The guides and further information are available on the At-Ease Professional webpage.