THE families of Australian Defence Force members in Leichhardt can now receive additional support through free basic health care, says Federal MP Warren Entsch.
The Government’s National Australian Defence Force (ADF) Family Health Program came into effect on 1 January 2014 and delivers on one of the Government’s key defence election commitments.
Under the program, every dependant of full-time ADF members, and Reservists on Continuous Full Time Service, is eligible for reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses when visiting their local GP.
In addition, ADF members can claim up to $400 per financial year, per dependant, for specialist consultation and allied health services such as physiotherapy, dentistry and mental health support.
“In Leichhardt, we have more than 650 dependants, including spouses, who are eligible under this program,” Mr Entsch said. “This is a terrific initiative and will be a huge help to local families.
“There’s no doubt that ADF members and their families face unique challenges, including uprooting to new postings every few years.
“It can be difficult to keep up-to-date with routine health care so this program will help ease the pressure on families while they are supporting their loved ones in uniform.”
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