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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

What can a veteran do when traditional treatments for depression, anxiety or PTSD have failed? Trauma is complex and at times traditional therapies have proven to be ineffective. 

Where a veteran has tried traditional antidepressants and engaged in talking therapies with little success the options for treatment can seem sparse. 

The use of TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) could help to provide some relief. Under the supervision of a psychiatrist, a veteran can engage in TMS therapy to complement their current treatments.

What is TMS?

TMS uses electromagnetic stimulation of the brain to help cultivate new neural pathways in the brain. There used to be a scientific theory that once the adult brain was damaged there was no way for that damage to be repaired, it has since been shown that the brain in fact has ways to repair itself and learn how to rewire to be able to perform functions. This is called neuroplasticity. 

The brain works in very complex ways and the “rewiring” of neural pathways like any part of the body, takes time and work. The application of TMS can help kick-start the process of adapting new neural pathways.

TMS has been observed to have a clinical success rate of between 70% and 80%

Conditions it has been shown to be effective for are:

Changing lives, by changing the way we think.

That’s where TMS is helping Australian Veterans with long-lasting results.

TMS is proven to be effective in reducing the symptoms of mental health problems, even where antidepressants have previously been found to produce unsatisfactory results. Research also proves the success of TMS in helping with depression, anxiety and PTSD – to the point where many veterans no longer meet the threshold criteria for having PTSD.

What to expect in a TMS treatment.

At the first appointment, the patient will talk with a psychiatrist about the treatment plan. They will be escorted into a comfortable chair with a technician or TMS practitioner. 

During the entire treatment, you will remain awake and the treatment does not require any anaesthetics as it is relatively painless. 

The technician will measure the patient’s head, to ensure the personalisation of the treatment.  

Normally the treatments are performed 5 days/week for 4-6 weeks however a medical practitioner will make a recommendation.

Click here to read more about TMS’s effectiveness as a treatment for anxiety disorders, PTSD, and GAD in this study!

The benefits of TMS may include:

Who can access TMS services?

Trauma is complex and at times traditional therapies have proven to be ineffective. Where a veteran has tried traditional antidepressants and engaged in talking therapies with little success the options for treatment can seem sparse. The use of TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) could help to provide some relief. 

Get connected to TMS services

To be able to connect you with TMS services the support of a Veteran Wellbeing Officer (Social Worker) is required. The Veteran Wellbeing Officer assists with providing the necessary information, risks, benefits and consent to help veterans make an informed choice.

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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: