Canberra Podiatry

Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA)

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has a standalone medical funding scheme for the treatment of health conditions for our military veterans. Podiatry is an approved provider for these services. When you visit the podiatrist, please present your Gold or White Card at the beginning of a consultation or before you receive treatment. The podiatrist will assess your podiatry needs, prepare a written care plan for the period of care required, discuss it with you and provide you with a copy of the treatment record for your reference.

Am I eligible?

If you have a DVA Health Card – All Conditions (Gold) or Totally & Permanently Incapacitated (Gold), DVA will pay for podiatry services that meet your clinical needs. For information about the Gold Card, please see Factsheet HSV60 Using the DVA Health Card – All Conditions (Gold) or DVA Health Card Totally & Permanently Incapacitated (Gold).

If you have a DVA Health Card – For Specific Conditions (White), DVA will fund podiatry services if they are required because of an accepted war or service caused injury or disease. For more information about the White Card, please see Factsheet HSV61 DVA Health Card – Specific Conditions (White).

If you are an allied veteran, you are eligible for treatment of war caused disabilities accepted by your home country. For more information about the services available, please see Factsheet HSV62 Commonwealth and Other Allied Veterans.

How do I access this service?

You must be referred to a podiatrist who provides services under the Medicare Scheme. A referral can be issued by a:

Local Medical Officer (LMO)/general practitioner

medical specialist

hospital discharge planner; or

another podiatrist who has previously received a referral.


Can I choose to be treated as a Medicare or private patient?

Yes, you can choose to be treated as a Medicare or private patient. However, if you take this option, DVA will not pay for any services that have been paid in part or full by Medicare, private health insurance or third party compensation benefit.

Chronic Disease Management (CDM) – Individual Allied Health Services Under Medicare

  • A Medicare rebate is available for a maximum of five services per patient each calendar year. Additional services are not possible in any circumstances.
  • If a provider accepts the Medicare benefit as full payment for the service, there will be no out-of-pocket cost. If not, the patient will have to pay the difference between the fee charged and the Medicare rebate.
  • Patients must have a GP Management Plan and Team Care Arrangements prepared by their GP, or be residents of a residential aged care facility who are managed under a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Referrals to allied health providers must be from GPs.
  • Allied health providers must report back to the referring GP.
Eligible Patients

Community-based patients may be eligible if they have a chronic (or terminal) medical

condition and their GP has provided the following Chronic Disease Management (CDM)


  • A GP Management Plan (GPMP) – (item 721) and
  • Team Care Arrangements (TCAs) – (item 723).

A chronic medical condition is one that has been (or is likely to be) present for six months or

longer, for example, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal

conditions and stroke. There is no list of eligible conditions. However, the CDM items are

designed for patients who require a structured approach and to enable GPs to plan and

coordinate the care of patients with complex conditions requiring ongoing care from a

multidisciplinary team.


National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a national framework designed to support people living with disability and their families by ensuring they have access to the services they require.

A provider is an individual or organisation delivering a support or a product to a participant of the NDIS. Organisations or individuals can apply to be a registered provider with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). Registered providers of supports have met requirements regarding qualifications, approvals, experience and capacity for the approved supports.

Canberra Podiatry registered under the NDIS to provide services to the ACT/NSW area.

We have a special interest in orthotics, foot and ankle pain, children and adults with neurological conditions such cerebral palsy, developmental delays, low tone & ligament laxity.

Our Support Categories

We can offer assistance under the NDIS in areas such as nail care, walking assessments, orthotics, shoe advice, fitting and more.

Our practice can provide services under the following NDIS categories:

– CB Daily Activities

– Improved Daily Living Skills

– Assistive Technology

For those that get billed directly to the NDIS, New client assessment are billed under CB Daily activities/Improved Daily living skill at standard NDIS rate.


For those who are self-managed, we can provide quotes and clinical reports.