Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced that prosthetic recreational sports aids had been added to DVA’s Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP), which provides veterans with equipment to participate in activities.
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“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.”
RAP also 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 Rehabilitation Appliances Program can be found on the DVA website or by calling 133 254 (metro) or 1800 555 254 (country).