Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS)

The Repatriation Pharaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS) provides a wide range of pharmaceuticals for the treament of eligible verterans, war widows ad widowers, and dependants.

Gold card

If you are a gold card holder, you can obtain medicines, dressings and other listed items under the RPBS for all your medical conditions.

White card

If you are a white card holder, you can obtain appopriate items under the RPBS for your accepted disabilities. If you are an Australian veteran, you are also covered for:

  • malignant cancer, pulmonary tuberculosis, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety or depression, if DVA has granted treatment benefits for these conditions
    • treatment benefits will be granted if DVA is provided with a confirmed diagnosis from a suitably qualified medical practitioner
    • treatment benefits for these conditions are granted where or not they have been accepted as causally related to eligible VEA service

Medicines for the treament of your other conditions are available under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

Your doctor does not need DVA's prior authorisation to prescribe a large range of scheduled pharmaceuticals listed in the Scheme of Pharmaceuticals Benefits. However, your doctor will need prior authorisation from DVA to prescribe:

  • medicines, dressings and other items listed as requiring prior authorisation under both the RPBS and PBS
  • greater quantities and/or repeats of RPBS/PBS listed medicines, dressings or other items
  • medicines, dressings or other items not listed under either the RPBS or the PBS

DVA has a fact sheet HSV92 which describes who can access concessional pharmaceuticals under the RPBS.

If you have any questions regarding medicines and need assistance click here for 'Help!' or to give us a call

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