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#1 kass87

Posted 03 September 2016 - 04:07 PM

Hello everyone. I have been on DSP since i turned 16 due to being involved a massive car accident a week after my 8th birthday. Had to learn to do everything again and suffered an ABI. I got a letter from centrelink the other day saying due to new legislation i have to be reviewed. Question is how would i get medical things from my gp in regards to this. Im so overwhelmed right now.

#2 anna_garny

Posted 03 September 2016 - 04:54 PM

If you take the paperwork with you to your GP they should be able to provide you with the necessary certificates and documentation to make sure your DSP continues.

#3 kass87

Posted 08 September 2016 - 07:26 PM

Centrelink called me today and said i have to go to an appointment for a review. I just dont understand how you can change having an acquired brain injury. Im blind in one eye. Deaf in opposite ear. Weaker on one side. FFS these guys make me angry.

#4 MiSS_E

Posted 09 September 2016 - 12:25 PM

Remember you are allowed to take someone with you to advocate on your behalf if you like. It's because all the criteria changed so they are making their way through long term DSP recipients to see who they can get taken off it and into seeking employment.

#5 Fresh Start

Posted 09 September 2016 - 01:03 PM

Exactly this ^^^.

The LNP want everybody working and if they can't they want them in NSA which is cheaper and has rules that can be used to punish the unemployed (because if they get on NSA you won't be unable to work anymore, just a leaner doesn't want to). (Their mindset, not mine.)

They ignore the fact that capitalism relies on unemployment, that our poverty level (and below) welfare payments in themselves place people at a structural disadvantage to find work, that their underfunding of the public school system (so that they can fund schools their wealthy constituents use) all make things worse.

What you describe about yourself though will surely see the review come out with leaving you in DSP?


#6 kass87

Posted 09 September 2016 - 06:25 PM

Thank you everyone.

#7 MiSS_E

Posted 09 September 2016 - 10:13 PM

It depends greatly on how the ABI affects your life now, rather than the exact diagnoses - though obviously those are needed too. But I'd suggest making notes now of all the things you have difficulty with or use supports for. Just because it's easy to get overwhelmed in the office and forget everything you wanted to say.

#8 kass87

Posted 09 September 2016 - 10:43 PM

Ive never had a job in my life.

#9 BeStill

Posted 09 September 2016 - 10:52 PM

They will look at your capabilities NOW. Just because you've never had a job doesn't mean they will determine you aren't capable of having one.

You'll need to be able to demonstrate how you meet the criteria. Maybe give Centrelink a call and ask exactly what the criteria is. I'm not sure so don't know whether blindness in one eye and a hearing loss in one ear would qualify (but I am guessing not) but I would assume your ABI has left you with other deficits that together would make you eligible.

How do you function day to day? Can you care for yourself? Do you have significant mental or psychological impairments? These are all things that will be considered.

#10 MiSS_E

Posted 09 September 2016 - 10:54 PM

I can confirm blindness in one eye will give you 5 points on the impairment scale. You need 20 points total to 'pass'.

#11 Flowerbee

Posted 09 September 2016 - 10:55 PM

Yes it's correct that the legislation has changed and many people are being reviewed under the current legislation. You will need to provide medical evidence that details treatment and functional impacts of your condition. This evidence needs to be recent. You will then have an opportunity in an appointment to discuss your symptoms and how they impact on your daily functioning. Try not to stress just gather as much information as you can from your treating health professionals.

#12 Melly_trish

Posted 09 September 2016 - 11:08 PM

My recommendations would be to have a look at the website https://www.humanser...support-pension

And read up everything you can regarding the current eligibility criteria for the DSP. It is a payment that historically people have been reviewed every few years. However there is a current push for reviews against the new criteria as these have not been done for a while. They will be looking at current information, so I would focus on getting medical evidence to support what you can and cannot do as of now. From physios/GP/psych - whoever is most appropriate. This will hold more weight then historical medical evidence. My understanding is that the medical report wa done away with and it is up to the customer to obtain current medical/specialist reports. Try not to stress and if you have troubles I think there is an option of getting an extension on providing the information.

Good luck.

#13 Melly_trish

Posted 09 September 2016 - 11:11 PM

It looks like if there is vision loss you need evidence from an ophthalmologist and if there is hearing loss you need an ENT or audiology report

#14 kass87

Posted 25 September 2016 - 11:59 PM

Om totally freaking out now. How will we survive

#15 B.Nasty

Posted 26 September 2016 - 03:23 AM

 kass87, on 08 September 2016 - 07:26 PM, said:

Centrelink called me today and said i have to go to an appointment for a review. I just dont understand how you can change having an acquired brain injury. Im blind in one eye. Deaf in opposite ear. Weaker on one side. FFS these guys make me angry.

I feel for you OP.

My friends 23 yr old son got this letter a few weeks ago. Her son can't read, and just put the letter in a pile. The first she knew of it was when both his DSP and her Carer's pension were cancelled early last week. No warning, reminder notice, or phone call... just cut.

How her son all of a sudden overcome his intellectual and physical disability is anyone's guess.

It is still not sorted out and is an enormous stress for her right now as she is away burying her father. It's an incredible blow.

This is what the Liberals want. It's why they've done it. Sorry again OP.

#16 BadCat

Posted 26 September 2016 - 06:19 AM

 B.feral3, on 26 September 2016 - 03:23 AM, said:

I feel for you OP.

My friends 23 yr old son got this letter a few weeks ago. Her son can't read, and just put the letter in a pile. The first she knew of it was when both his DSP and her Carer's pension were cancelled early last week. No warning, reminder notice, or phone call... just cut.

How her son all of a sudden overcome his intellectual and physical disability is anyone's guess.

It is still not sorted out and is an enormous stress for her right now as she is away burying her father. It's an incredible blow.

This is what the Liberals want. It's why they've done it. Sorry again OP.

Your friend needs to get set up as a correspondence nominee on her son's account so that they both get any letters that are sent to him.

#17 kass87

Posted 27 September 2016 - 10:26 PM

Well my job capacity appointment is tomorrow at 2pm. Ive got a letter from audiology and optometrist to go wigh me. Thats about all i get. So whatever will be will be i guess.

#18 Lokum

Posted 27 September 2016 - 10:55 PM

GL. Are you taking someone with you?

#19 Eggg

Posted 28 September 2016 - 09:42 AM

Good luck for today Kass87.

#20 kass87

Posted 28 September 2016 - 10:09 AM

Will have my husband with me. Will also have to take my disabled son. Thanks guys

#21 kass87

Posted 28 September 2016 - 05:14 PM

The appointment was ok. The man asked lots of dum questions. He said itll take about a month mayb longer for an answer.

#22 fig_jam

Posted 28 September 2016 - 09:46 PM

Hey OP, can you please PM me as I can help you with this.

#23 kass87

Posted 13 February 2017 - 01:13 PM

So i just had an appt with the government appointed dr. She says that because theres been no change to circumstances. Centrelink would need a bloody good reason to stop my pension. Phewwww




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