Initial Liability Claims

Initial Liability Claims are the first step in the process of applying for Liability with DVA. Done well, this process can be smooth and simple, and I have experience in enabling success in this process.

Here are the steps to complete to enable this process to commence.



Patient Details

Complete our Patient DVA Details form. 


Lodge the Claim for your conditions

Be sure to lodge the claims for your conditions prior to commencement of this process.

This will enable the practice to bill DVA, rather than yourself, for the entirety of the Initial Liability claim.  

Alternatively, Private Billing at the DVA rates is available.

Information on how to claim can be found at


Prepare all supporting Documentation

For every claim you are submitting, its best to have organised, curated supporting information to support your claim.

You will need to:

  1. Go through the entirety of your medical record and create separate compilations of supporting documents for each claim.
  2. Either create a dropbox at and share these directories with prior to your appointment.
  3.  Bring these in paper form to the consult on the day of your appointment. 

Supporting Documentation Required

DVA will require supporting information as per the picture below to support the acceptance of your claim.  The level of detail required is dependent on the claim itself.

For more advanced claims, it will be “essential” or desirable to have contemporaneous records of presentations or injuries from your Medical or Sentinel files. 

DVA like:

  • Specialist Reports
  • Imaging / Pathology Reports
  • MO / Physio Notes  

 In addition, recent information from your current GP will be often useful. Failing that, it is possible to get up to date information if this seems clinically or administratively required.

Discharge Documentation

A list of your discharge documentation – PM552  is very useful, if you have it. Please send via email or shared by dropbox to

Book your Appointment

Once the above steps have been completed, please book your appointment with Dr Thomas Perkins via phone or online as described below. 


Need Help?

I understand this process can be daunting. If you would like a telehealth consult to discuss the items described above, or your claim in general, please book this in through phone or online as described below. 

Dr Thomas Perkins 

Based in West End, Brisbane.
General Practice and Occupational Medicine.

Ph: (07) 3844 4111

Ph: (07) 3844 9111

Smart Clinics West End. The Markets, 79 Boundary Street West End 4101

What’s in an ADF Post-Discharge Health Assessment?

ADF Post-Discharge Health Assessment

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) Post-discharge GP Health Assessment was developed by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) as part of the Veteran mental health strategy: A ten year framework 2013–2023 initiative.

The health assessment was designed to assist former ADF personnel to access primary healthcare after their discharge.

It consists of the following components:

ADF service history

A brief ADF service history

  • Type of military service
  • Years of service
  • Field of work
  • Number of times deployed
  • Reason for discharge
Social history

Social history

  • Relationships
  • Number of children
  • Current occupation
Physical Examination

Basic physical examination

  • Blood pressure
  • Waist circumference
  • Body mass index (BMI)
Current medical conditions

We do a complet eoverview of your current medical conditions, their current status, the interrelationships between the, all, make plans for ongoing management, and do appropriate referrals and care plans. 

Post-military physical and mental health

Post-military physical and mental health

  • Hearing
  • Pain
  • Sleep
  • Psychological distress
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Level of physical activity
  • Sexual health
  • Anger
  • Risk of harm to self or others
Behavioural risk factors

Behavioural risk factors

  • Alcohol
  • Substance use
  • Smoking