Thursday, 13 October 2022

DSP Paperwork is Submitted at last

Originally posted: 25 August 2022

After months of fiddling about with it, all the associated paperwork for my application for the DSP (Disability Support Pension) has finally been fully submitted - at long bloody last!

All my medical specialists (including my MS and UC ones) and GP have said yes for me to get it. Now it's up to the Centrelink bureaucratic gods as to what and when they decide... who knows?

In the past, dealing with reams of paperwork to fill out etc has never been any big issue for me. I don't know if it's because of MS (can I blame that for a lot? lol), but I found this really stressful.

But it's done now. Yay!

Until now, I have technically been on the 'dole' but under what was called "Disability Employment"... but that's all different, unwieldy and unrealistic for someone in my situation now.

Let's be honest: I've never fitted into any of their right 'boxes'... too disabled to gain ongoing employment, but not disabled enough to not be employed... very very frustrating.

This should change all that nonsense, "hopefully".

I know this may not sound that much, but, for me... it IS!

It's a relief. It kinda feels like a total anti-climax now it's submitted... bizarre!

Life goes on...

Updated: 6 October 2022

I'm currently awaiting an important phone call re. my Disability Support Pension and I'm anxious as heck. Fingers crossed. I don't know what to expect.

I have been pretty anxious about it all tbh; I only slept about 1-hour last night. I think a BIG 'Nanna Nap' will be due this afternoon, I'd say. [nb. I only managed my regulation 3-hour sleep as it was, dagnammit!]

IT'S DONE! The call lasted 21 minutes and seemed to go positively. Now his report goes "Up the Chain". I *should* get a yes or no decision in the next 4-6 weeks (hopefully). They gave me alternatives if it might possibly be a no, and also things that would happen if it were yes.

There's nothing I can do to change what their decision might be at this point, so I refuse to dwell and/or worry about it.

I can relax and unwind again... why did that make me feel so anxious? I'm fine tho. [big breaths in and out...]

This music is helping me to unwind now, after all that... silly moi!
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Updated: 10 October 2022

I have a phone interview with an independent doctor this coming Thursday morning, regarding my DSP, to assess my medical eligibility with a "Disability Medical Assessment" with a Government-contracted Doctor.

"After your DMA, the Government-contracted Doctor will send Services Australia a report.
Services Australia uses the report to help them assess your DSP claim.
"Services Australia will write to you to let you know the outcome of your claim."

Fingers toes and [edit] crossed.

Updated: 13 October 2022

Literally JUST finished with my doctor's phone call for my pension application (as mentioned above) - he said YES, we can accept and manage your health situation all fine, but... it now goes back to the Govt Dept for OKing... fingers are crossed so far! I am physically shaking and going for a 'walk' to calm down. Time to crank out "Brian" my walker!

I should hear the final yes/no answer in a few weeks - hopefully.

Peas be with ewe 


  1. I also find dealing with stupid red tape very stressful. Well done for getting all paperwork done

  2. Thank you! Yes, let's hope it all goes OK!