21 July 2009

Change in nursing services for Aussie veterans

An open tender process for the continuation of community nursing services beyond 31 May 2010 by the Department of Veterans' Affairs ("VA") is presently being conducted. It is not expected that many veterans and war windows will be affected by the changes. However, there will be a change in service providers where present ones are no longer contracted to provide community nursing services on behalf of the VA.

In a press release, the VA ensures that community nursing services are maintained at a high standard and that they continue to meet the assessed clinical and/or personal care needs of eligible veterans and war widowers. The tender procurement process will be in accordance with the Australian Government's procurement guidelines, introduced in January 2005. The submission of tenders closes on 28 July 2009 at 1400 (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

The nation's largest veterans organisation, the Returned and Services League of Australia, is also monitoring the tender process. For additional information on the tender process go to the VA's website here.

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