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What is Dietetics?

Simply put dietetics is the study of the effects of nutrition on the body. Working with a dietitian can be transformative for veterans. As there is often a lot of conflicting advice about nutrition and diets, having an expert in your corner can make all the difference to a veteran’s overall well-being. 

When a veteran engages with a dietitian, they will work on learning about different foods, and their nutritional content, they can also look at how foods affect mood or mental health. Practically, a dietitian can help with; 

  • A nutritional needs assessment 
  • An eating plan – tailored to your needs 
  • Nutritional counselling 
  • Shopping and Healthy Eating advice 
  • Diet-related illness advice.

Who needs to see a dietitian?

Broadly most veterans would benefit from seeing a dietitian, as would a majority of the general population. Having a deeper understanding of the value of nutrition is valuable for everyone. Where it becomes vital for veterans is where the prevalence of diet-related or diet-affected conditions. 

Diet-related conditions include;

Dietitians can also assist with practical nutrition support like;

How Can Veterans Access A Dietitian?

Seeing a dietitian is simple; they can be accessed via telehealth or face-to-face in a clinic, and some may even be able to come to your home. A consultation will include an intake, where the dietitian will gather information about your current diet and health concerns and they may need access to information like; blood tests, medical records and the veteran’s DVA information. Like many allied health practitioners, they work in conjunction with other practitioners to help fully understand the needs of each veteran client that they see.

Who is eligible to see a dietitian?

Veterans who hold a Gold Card are likely to be able to see a dietitian to help manage chronic health concerns. 

White Card With Accepted Health Conditions may be eligible to see a dietitian if their accepted conditions are related to nutritional concerns.

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Viewing Your Accepted Conditions

The following steps will help view the accepted conditions of your DVA white card via the MyGov website.

Step 1:

Go to https://my.gov.au

Sign in to your myGov account using your Username and Password.

You can sign in to myGov using the following:

  • Your username (Your myGov username has 2 letters and 6 numbers. For example XY123456)
  • Your email address used to create your account
  • Your mobile number (if you have enabled this option)

After entering your login details you may be required to provide a one-time access code.

  • A one-time use code is sent by SMS to your mobile phone.

If you do not have a myGov account, you can create one by selecting Create myGov account on the myGov sign-in page.

Sign-in using the MyGov login page

Step 2:

Once you have logged into your account scroll down until you see the heading ‘Your Services’.

Your Services lists the government programs you access that offer online services through myGov. You should see ‘Department of Veteran Affairs’ listed here.

Select ‘Department of Veteran Affairs’.

If you do not see Department of Veteran Affairs listed you will have to link this service to your account (See the video below).

You can do this by selecting Link another service.

Select the DVA tile

Step 3:

This is your Department of Veterans’ Affairs My Service Home Page.

My Service allows you to access DVA services online such as:

  • Access support for a service-related condition or injury
  • Access your digital DVA Veteran Card
  • Lodge and track the status of your claims

Look in the middle column titled Claims.

Select Accepted Conditions.

Select Accepted Conditions from the Claims Menu

Step 4:

This page shows your digital DVA Veteran Card.

You will see information such as your Card NumberExpiryCard Type and the Conditions listed on your card.

Select the Conditions Listed drop-down menu to view the conditions listed on your card.

Step 5:

Select Print this Page in the top right-hand corner of the page to download your digital DVA Card as a PDF.

Alternatively, if accessing this on your mobile phone you can take a screenshot of this page. Depending on your phone you can:

  • Press the Side button and the Volume up button at the same time (iPhone)
  • Press the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time

 

Video on how to log on and link my service: