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Published Date 07 Aug 2018

Specialist Medical Review Council


Section 196W
Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986


Re: Statements of Principles Nos. 55 and 56 of 2014

in respect of Chronic Multisymptom Illness


Request for Review Declaration No. 33


In relation to the Repatriation Medical Authority (the RMA) Statements of Principles Nos. 55 and 56 of 2014 concerning chronic multisymptom illness made under subsections 196B of the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (the VEA), the Council under subsection 196W(5) of the VEA:

DECLARES that there is insufficient sound medical-scientific evidence on which the RMA could have relied to amend the Statements of Principles to include the following factor(s):

-        depleted uranium;

-        oil well smoke;

-        medical countermeasures (such as pyridostigmine bromide, and vaccinations for anthrax, plague, pertussis);

-        contaminated food and water;

-        chemical and biological weapons; and

-        pesticide exposure (including N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET)).





David Newman

Presiding Councillor

Bradley Ng


Andrew Grulich






Dino Pisaniello


John Waterston










The Common Seal of the        )
Specialist Medical Review      ) Council was affixed by             )

authority of the Council in      )

the presence of:                      )







Jan Bowman

Registrar, SMRC


Dated this sixth day of August  2018