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No. 67 of 2013 Determinations/Veterans' Entitlements as amended, taking into account amendments up to Amendment Statement of Principles concerning motor neurone disease No. 99 of 2018
Administered by: Veterans' Affairs
Registered 07 Nov 2018
Start Date 30 Oct 2018

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Statement of Principles concerning motor neurone disease No. 67 of 2013

made under subsection 196B(2) of the

Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986

Compilation No. 2               

Compilation date:                              30 October 2018

Includes amendments up to:           Amendment Statement of Principles concerning motor neurone disease No. 99 of 2018 (F2018L01503)

The day of commencement of this Amendment Statement of Principles concerning motor neurone disease is 30 October 2018.

This compilation includes retrospective amendments made by Amendment Statement of Principles concerning motor neurone disease No. 99 of 2018 (F2018L01503)

About this compilation

 

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Statement of Principles concerning motor neurone disease No. 67 of 2013 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 30 October 2018.

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Legislation Register (www.legislation.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Modifications

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Self‑repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.

 

 

  

  

  


RMA-Red

 

Statement of Principles

concerning

 

MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE

No. 67 of 2013

 

for the purposes of the

 

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

and

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004

Title

1.         This Instrument may be cited as Statement of Principles concerning motor neurone disease No. 67 of 2013.

Determination

2.         The Repatriation Medical Authority under subsection 196B(2) and (8) of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (the VEA):

(a)        revokes Instrument No. 7 of 2006, as amended by Instrument No. 53 of 2009, concerning motor neurone disease; and

(b)        determines in their place this Statement of Principles.

Kind of injury, disease or death

3.         (a)        This Statement of Principles is about motor neurone disease and death from motor neurone disease.

(b)               For the purposes of this Statement of Principles, "motor neurone disease" means a progressive neurodegenerative disease with clinical signs of lower and upper motor neurone damage in the absence of other disease processes that explain the clinical signs.

(c)                Motor neurone disease attracts ICD-10-AM code G12.2.

(d)              In the application of this Statement of Principles, the definition of "motor neurone disease" is that given at paragraph 3(b) above.

Basis for determining the factors

4.         The Repatriation Medical Authority is of the view that there is sound medical-scientific evidence that indicates that motor neurone disease and death from motor neurone disease can be related to relevant service rendered by veterans, members of Peacekeeping Forces, or members of the Forces under the VEA, or members under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (the MRCA).

Factors that must be related to service

5.         Subject to clause 7, at least one of the factors set out in clause 6 must be related to the relevant service rendered by the person.

Factors

6.         The factor that must as a minimum exist before it can be said that a reasonable hypothesis has been raised connecting motor neurone disease or death from motor neurone disease with the circumstances of a person’s relevant service is:

(a)                smoking at least ten pack-years of cigarettes, or the equivalent thereof in other tobacco products, before the clinical onset of motor neurone disease; or

(b)               inability to obtain appropriate clinical management for motor neurone disease.

Factors that apply only to material contribution or aggravation

7.         Paragraph 6(b) applies only to material contribution to, or aggravation of, motor neurone disease where the person’s motor neurone disease was suffered or contracted before or during (but not arising out of) the person’s relevant service.

Inclusion of Statements of Principles

8.         In this Statement of Principles if a relevant factor applies and that factor includes an injury or disease in respect of which there is a Statement of Principles then the factors in that last mentioned Statement of Principles apply in accordance with the terms of that Statement of Principles as in force from time to time.

Other definitions

9.         For the purposes of this Statement of Principles:

"death from motor neurone disease" in relation to a person includes death from a terminal event or condition that was contributed to by the person’s motor neurone disease;

"ICD-10-AM code" means a number assigned to a particular kind of injury or disease in The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision, Australian Modification (ICD-10-AM), Eighth Edition, effective date of 1 July 2013, copyrighted by the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, and having ISBN 978-1-74128-213-9;

"pack-years of cigarettes, or the equivalent thereof in other tobacco products" means a calculation of consumption where one pack-year of cigarettes equals twenty tailor-made cigarettes per day for a period of one calendar year, or 7 300 cigarettes.  One tailor-made cigarette approximates one gram of tobacco or one gram of cigar or pipe tobacco by weight.  One pack-year of tailor-made cigarettes equates to 7.3 kilograms of smoking tobacco by weight.  Tobacco products mean cigarettes, pipe tobacco or cigars, smoked alone or in any combination;

"relevant service" means:

(a)                operational service under the VEA;

(b)                peacekeeping service under the VEA;

(c)                hazardous service under the VEA;

(d)               British nuclear test defence service under the VEA;

(e)                warlike service under the MRCA; or

(f)                 non-warlike service under the MRCA;

"terminal event" means the proximate or ultimate cause of death and includes:

(a)                pneumonia;

(b)               respiratory failure;

(c)                cardiac arrest;

(d)               circulatory failure; or

(e)                cessation of brain function.

Application

10.       This Instrument applies to all matters to which section 120A of the VEA or section 338 of the MRCA applies.

Date of effect

11.       This Instrument takes effect from 4 September 2013.

 


Endnotes

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

Endnote 3—Legislation history

Endnote 4—Amendment history

Abbreviation key—Endnote 2

The abbreviation key sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Legislation history and amendment history—Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe the amendment to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, the amendment is incorporated into the compiled law and the abbreviation “(md)” added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the abbreviation “(md not incorp)” is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history. 

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

 

o = order(s)

ad = added or inserted

Ord = Ordinance

am = amended

orig = original

amdt = amendment

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

c = clause(s)

    /sub‑subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

pres = present

Ch = Chapter(s)

prev = previous

def = definition(s)

(prev…) = previously

Dict = Dictionary

Pt = Part(s)

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

Div = Division(s)

 

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

reloc = relocated

    effect

renum = renumbered

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rep = repealed

gaz = gazette

rs = repealed and substituted

LA = Legislation Act 2003

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

    effect

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

SR = Statutory Rules

    cannot be given effect

Sub‑Ch = Sub‑Chapter(s)

mod = modified/modification

SubPt = Subpart(s)

No. = Number(s)

underlining = whole or part not

 

    commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3—Legislation history

 

Name

Registration

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Statement of Principles concerning motor neurone disease No. 67 of 2013

 

30 August 2013

 

F2013L01655

4 September 2013

 

 

Amendment Statement of Principles concerning motor neurone disease No. 88 of 2018

 

28 August 2018

 

F2018L01198

 

21 June 2018

 

 

Amendment Statement of Principles concerning motor neurone disease No. 99 of 2018

 

30 October 2018

 

F2018L01503

21 June 2018

 

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

Clause 6(b)…………….

rep. No. 88 of 2018

Clause 6(c)…………….

rep. No. 88 of 2018

Clause 9 – '"a high impact contact activity".'

rep. No. 88 of 2018

Clause 9 - '"blows to the head"………..……..'

rep. No. 88 of 2018

Clause 7….…………….

am No. 99 of 2018