anyone had experience dealing with the Australian welfare system? After reading some other people's experiences in the us and uk, I feel very lucky to live in Aus, it wasn't very difficult for me to get dissability as a sufferer of chronic lower back pain. The tough part was actually dealing with my doctor. Has anyone else had bad experiences asking their doctor to fill out dissability application forms?
I was a student who worked in hospitality, I couldn't go back to my job and was trying to return to uni part-time (despite pain whenever I sat down!!!!). Yet, she was hesitent to fill out the forms for me thinking if I was on dissability I would "give up". She didn't seem to realise that without dissability payments I wouldn't be able to go back to uni as I would have to be constantly drugged up (not that she would prescribe any) enough to enable me to work. Not a healthy lifestyle.
The requirements for dissability in Aus is the inability to work full time for at least two years. She said to me "I don't expect you to be on welfare in two years" even though ever specialist I have been to said that my pain was chronic, there was nothing they could do, and I'd have to "learn to manage it".
I think that maybe the problem is that doctors don't understand the welfare system, and she somehow thought I'd be able to go back to uni yet not need dissability support!!!!
Anywa, I just needed to discuss my experience. Despite a lot of frustration (and I'll admit, some tears, she was very nasty) she filled out the forms and after an interview with a social worker I was accepted.
That was a year ago, I am now planning to go to law school part time next year, it'll hurt like hell, but I'm hoping that it will be worth it!!!
Thanks for reading!!!
Good luck to all those who are fighting for their rights!!!!!