DVA Patients

DVA patients can now be reimbursed for their products through a new CDA pathway. If you’re an existing patient please email us and if you’re a Veteran considering medical cannabis then please visit our website and enquire, we can help you through the process.

Department of Veteran Affairs is responsible for supporting those who serve or have served in the defence force. With regards to Medical Cannabis DVA patients can apply for and may be approved for a subsidy for consultation costs and product as follows:

In-clinic consultations

All DVA appointments are privately billed.
It is possible, but not guaranteed, to receive partial or full consultation reimbursement using the DVA 1181 form.

Product cost may be subsidised so long as the doctor submits the relevant paperwork to VAPAC. Costs are generally not reimbursed until either approved by DVA or once approved by the day the application was submitted.

TeleHealth consultations

Telehealth appointments are privately billed.
It is possible, but not guaranteed, to receive partial or full consultation reimbursement using the DVA 1181 form.

Product cost may be subsidised so long as the doctor submits the relevant paperwork to VPAC.

DVA Process


The following documents are required when applying to DVA:

  • DVA Specialist Referral
  • SAS Approval + State health approvals (if relevant)
  • Letter in MediRecords ‘Out’ that doctor has completed
  • CDA Consent Form

What does the DVA patient need to do?

1. Obtain all documents required for a normal MC consultation:

  • Referral
  • Health Summary
  • CDA Consent Form


2. Obtain a specialist DVA referral form which can be found on the CDA website under Doctors > Referrals.

or click here: https://cannabisdoctorsaustralia.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/CDA-DVA-Referral-Template-v2.0.pdf


3. Consult with a CDA Dr who will submit the paperwork they have provided along with the requested information from DVA (refer to the above).


4. Approvals can take a very long time. All that the doctor can do is inform the patient once they have received approval from the DVA. The Patient Care Team or Doctor cannot check on behalf of the patient.


Disclaimer: This is not an inducement to use Medicinal Cannabis. Medical Cannabis doesn’t work for everyone, and it may not work for you. How Cannabis affects a person depends on many things, including their size, weight, age and health, dosage and tolerance, and the results can vary. Some people may experience side effects when taking Cannabinoid medication. The information provided by CDA Clinics is for educational and informational purposes only. For medical advice, please check with your doctor and request a referral.

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Comments (7)

  • mick Loughlin Reply

    I am a TPI Gold card holder and I have had a prescription for medical cannabis since august but I cannot afford to buy it and DVA refuse to cover it.

    November 26, 2019 at 10:12 am
  • Joe James Jeffries Reply

    Looking at medical marijuania for ptsd and chronic anxiety instead of using the drugs im on any info provided would be great and im on gold card so any info would be appreciated

    December 9, 2019 at 5:39 pm
    • [email protected] Reply

      Hi Joe, I’m sorry to hear that. Please register on our website as a patient. Our doctors provide Medical Cannabis consultations in the clinic or over the phone. Our doctors will be able to help you with access to Medical Marijuana products. One of our friendly patient care team members will contact you shortly after. If you have any other questions please do feel free to contact us.

      January 8, 2020 at 8:46 am
  • John Szymanski Reply

    I am a Vietnam Veteran who after being diagnosed with PTSD in 1995 has gone through a plethora of Psychiatrists and medications and at 73 years of age I have turned to the casual use of illicit cannabis for relief of my condition now being compounded by my a lifestyle which far less active and energy consuming than it once was. The preferred method of administration if by way of a vaporiser. The amount I use is just enough to take the edge of my frequent bouts of anxiety and depression without the psychoactive effect the TCH.

    Seeing this web site along with my research, including conversations with my veteran community, lead me to believe that I may benefit from a CBD biased cannabis. Even though I can access 7% TCH/7%CBD seeds and grow one plants at a time for personal use my preference is to be a legal participant – particularly if, as a T&PI pensioner DVA will cover the cost.

    Look forward to your help


    December 15, 2019 at 10:26 am
    • [email protected] Reply

      Hi John, please register on the home page on our website if you would like to access Medical Cannabis. A member of our patient care team will contact you and discuss your condition and Medical Cannabis.

      January 31, 2020 at 12:40 pm
  • John Pugh Reply

    Hi, I am a DVAGold card holder. After seeing a pain specialist and having many procedures to try and alleviate constant headaches. The doctor referred me to a gp doing CBD trials. I have government approval and have been taking the medication since 20th Jan. But the cost to continue is outside my reach as at $320 per script my pension will not cover it. Can you advise the best way to get DVA to assist me
    Regards John Pugh DVA file NSS11871.

    March 5, 2020 at 8:39 am

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