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    Hi,
    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.

    Thanks everyone

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    I'd say that it is possible your mum may be able to claim disability, I think there are a set of forms her doctor will need to fill in to determine her eligibility.
    Your father could possibly be eligible for the Carers Allowance which isn't means tested and is around $100 a fn

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    I believe she could be eligible, best option is just to talk to Centrelink =)

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    Hi bg14, I work at the Australian Government Department of Human Services in a team that responds to enquiries about Centrelink on social media sites like this one.

    Eligibility for the Disability Support Pension depends on several factors besides a person's incapacity, including income and assets.

    There's a lot more information about eligibility on the Human Services website here; http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/disability-support-pension

    I'm sorry you haven't been able to get through to speak to someone. The Disability, Sickness and Carers line is 13 2717 - phoning early in the morning, just after 8am is the best time.

    Hope that helps.

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    Thanks for your replies Lifeinshadesofgrey and findmylunch. I appreciate your help!


 

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