All Contract Medical Advisers to DVA per Professional Category

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Dear Department of Veterans' Affairs, I request the total number of Contract Medical Advisors contracted / Employed by DVA as at 30/09/2020. Then categories them into specialist services, IE General Practitioners, Dental Doctors, Dental Surgeons, Dental Specialist, Vascular Specialist, Optical Specialist etc etc etc. I further require information on which procedure the Department of Veteran Affairs delegates use to select a Contract Medical Adviser they seek for the appropriate medical opinion.

Yours faithfully,

Rodney Kenneth Parnell

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Dear Mr Parnell,

 

I refer to your request for access to documents held by the Department of
Veterans’ Affairs (Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(Cth) (FOI Act).

 

Your request was received by the Department on 30 September 2020 and was
made in the following terms:

 

“Dear Department of Veterans' Affairs, I request the total number of
Contract Medical Advisors contracted / Employed by DVA as at 30/09/2020.
Then categories them into specialist services, IE General Practitioners,
Dental Doctors, Dental Surgeons, Dental Specialist, Vascular Specialist,
Optical Specialist etc etc etc. I further require information on which
procedure the Department of Veteran Affairs delegates use to select a
Contract Medical Adviser they seek for the appropriate medical opinion.”

 

The Department has 30 days to finalise your request. The 30 day statutory
timeframe commenced the day after your request was received by the
Department.

 

Ordinarily you should expect a decision from the Department by 30 October
2020.

 

Interrupted work practices impacted by COVID-19

 

The Department is continuing to work through its FOI case load as quickly
as possible. However, the Department is and will continue to experience an
interruption in the way it will be able to manage FOI requests.

 

As you are likely to be aware, COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has been declared a
pandemic by the World Health Organisation.

 

As the Department focuses its efforts on managing the impact of COVID-19
on its critical services and employees, other non-critical services may
not be delivered within expected timeframes. It is possible that during
this time, business areas that would ordinarily have capacity to undertake
searches and assist in the processing of FOI requests may not be readily
available to provide that assistance. This may have an impact on the
manner and timeframe in which the Department can process FOI requests.

 

We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience during
this period.

 

Request for an extension of time

 

To help ensure the Department can manage its FOI functions during this
time, we will require additional time to process your FOI request.

 

The Department seeks your agreement under section 15AA of the FOI Act to
extend the timeframe for the processing of your request by 30 days. This
would extend the due date for your request to 30 November 2020.

 

It would assist the Department in managing its FOI caseload if you could
provide a response to this request by close of business, Tuesday, 7
October 2020.

 

If agreed, the Department is required to provide your name and contact
details to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC)
for its records.

 

Please note that if you do not agree to the extension of time and the
Department is of the view that additional time is still required, we may
need to seek an extension of time from the OAIC under:

 

·         section 15AB of the FOI Act (due to it being complex or
voluminous), or

 

·         section 15AC (where the Department has been unable to meet the
statutory timeframe to finalise your request).

 

We will advise you if we intend to or have sought any extensions of time
from the OAIC.

 

If you wish to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to
contact us through the details below.

 

Removal of non-SES staff details for more efficient decision making

 

To allow for more efficient decision making, the Department will remove
all non-SES staff names and contact details from documents falling within
the scope of your request. This will not include those staff details that
have been provided to you, such as in correspondence sent by the staff
member to you. 

The need to assess whether staff details should be withheld adds to the
decision making time. The Department is committed to processing as many
access requests as it can during the pandemic. This means ensuring
requests are specific and that they allow for more efficient decision
making.

 

On this basis, unless you tell us otherwise, we will assume that these
staff details are excluded from the scope of your request and they will be
redacted under section 22 of the FOI Act; as being irrelevant to your
request.

 

When the processing period may be extended or suspended

 

As noted above, there are times when the timeframe for processing your
request might be extended by an additional 30 days. This can occur where
an extension of time has been agreed to by yourself under section 15AA of
the FOI Act or where the OAIC has granted an extension of time under
sections 15AB or 15AC of the FOI Act.

 

In addition, if documents you seek contain information of third parties
and the Department is of the view that is practical to consult with the
third parties, then the Department will be afforded an additional 30 days
to undertake that consolation process (see sections 15(6), 26A, 27 and 27A
of the FOI Act).

 

The Department will advise you if a third party consultation process is
required and of the revised due date for your request to be finalised by.

 

Additionally, there are occasions where the time to process your request
may be suspended. This will usually take place if a practical refusal
consultation process takes place (section 24AB of the FOI Act) or if a
charges notice is issued to process your request (section 29 of the FOI
Act). If the Department decides that either of these apply to your
request, the Department will notify you.

 

 

Communication with you

 

The FOI Act requires that you provide us with an address which we can send
notices to. You have advised your email address is
[1][FOI #6767 email]. We will send all notices
and correspondence to this address. Please advise us if you wish
correspondence to be sent to another address or if your address changes.
If you do not advise us of changes to your address, correspondence and
notices will continue to be sent to the address specified above.

 

FOI Disclosure log – Publication of documents released under the FOI Act

 

Please note that information released under the FOI Act may be published
in a disclosure log on the Department’s website at
[2]https://www.dva.gov.au/about-us/overview....
Section 11C of the FOI Act requires this publication, however it is
subject to certain exceptions, including where publication of personal,
business, professional or commercial information would be unreasonable.

 

When a decision is provided to you, the Department will advise if the
documents released to you will be published on the Department’s FOI
Disclosure log.

 

Contacting us about your FOI request

 

We will email again when the Department has more information. Should you
have any enquiries concerning this matter, please send an email to
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Further information on FOI processing can be found at the website of the
OAIC at [4]https://www.oaic.gov.au/freedom-of-infor....

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Jess (position number 62227602)

Information Access Officer

Legal Services and Audit Branch

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

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From: Rodney Kenneth Parnell

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Dear INFORMATION.LAW, I am happy to agree to a 7 day extension to my request.

Cheers

Yours sincerely,

Rodney Kenneth Parnell

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Department of Veterans' Affairs

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Thank you for your email. The Department will take all reasonable efforts
to respond to your email and process your request.

Please note that due the threat of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Department
is experiencing a diversion of resources that are critical to managing
Australia’s response. This means we may not be able to process your
request within the expected timeframe and where needed, will be seeking
extensions of time to manage requests and may need to consult with you if
your request is not clear or is for a large and unmanageable number of
documents. The Department remains committed to ensuring it can process as
many information access requests as it can during the pandemic. We ask for
your assistance by only making requests where they are of a priority and
to ensure those requests are as specific as possible.

We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding,
cooperation and patience during this difficult time for all Australians.

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