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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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24 April 2017

Enhanced program helps veterans get back to sport

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the Government was helping amputee veterans play sport and lead a more active life.

Mr Tehan today announced that prosthetic recreational sports aids had been added to the Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP), which provides veterans with equipment to participate in activities.

“The RAP helps support everyday living, enhances quality of life and maximises independence for veterans, war widows and widowers,” Mr Tehan said.

“Adding a prosthetic recreational sports aids category will allow eligible veterans to access items to help get them back playing sport and being active.

“Playing sport and regular exercise is good for physical and mental health and it’s a fun, social activity, so helping veterans get active has many positive benefits.

“Promoting positive mental health and providing the necessary care, rehabilitation and support to current and former Australian Defence Force personnel who are wounded, injured or ill is critically important.”

The RAP includes aids and appliances for: continence; diabetes; oxygen and continuous positive airways pressure; mobility and functional support; cognitive, dementia and memory assistive technology; personal response systems; falls prevention; low vision; prosthesis; footwear; hearing appliances and speech pathology.

Information about the RAP program can be found on the DVA website or by calling 133 254 (metro) or 1800 555 254 (country).

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

 

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.