I'm not sure if anyone will know the answer but thought if ask...!
My Mum has been in a wheelchair for 28 years (botched epidural and then complications with some rheumatic diseases). She has worked as a teacher part time up until recently when it's now too hard for her to move around a lot by herself. She still teaches one day a week. Now that she has dropped from 3 days/week to 1 day she has lost her mobility allowance from centrelink (it was only about 20 per week) which included a health care card. Her medicines are about $70/week now without the card. It seems silly that now she earns less money she has to pay more for medications.
Does anyone know if she would be entitled to a disability allowance. My Dad still works and they own their own home and an investment unit. They can afford the medications but it's the other costs that add up too - specialists visits, wheelchair (about $10000 every few years), chairs and beds for home etc. It all adds up and I know my Mum feels bad age isn't contributing as much anymore.
Just thought someone might know about disability allowances. I have tried to ring Centrelink but have been on hold for ages. I also sent an online letter but didn't get a response.