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Disability Pensioners not Covered by the NDIS

Forgive if I'm wrong but it appears just about every section of our community is covered on this site. But I belong to a group of Australian citizens who will never be able to work again due to having a permanent disability, and I'm under the age of retirement. 

Although we receive all or a high percentage of Federal Government support, for example the Health Care Card, private health services see us very differently. As an example an Age Pensioner friend attends the same doctors' clinic as myself, they always receive  a discounted Age Pensioner charge, whereas I will be charged the full fee despite having a Health Care Card and never being able to work again.

I've always fitted the criteria required for the NDIS, and rang the NDIS as requested by an advert in our local paper six months prior to the service coming to our area. I rang when the service began  in our area, stating that I had contacted the NDIS six months prior to the service coming to our area. I had passed the criteria for the NDIS and had been informed to contact them now regarding getting my application/paperwork sorted out. Instead of having a helpful caring person on the other end of the phone I had a very rude uncaring person who told me flat out I didn't qualify for it. I rang again not long after and still got a rude unhelpful person. I've checked the criteria several times since, and still by the NDIS website criteria I qualify. 

So if there is no section that covers our group of people living in our communities across Australia it would be of great assistance to us all to have a section to represent us, along with all the information that would assist our daily lives.

Thank you for giving me the space to air my views and the concerns for those of us living with permanent disabilities and being under the age of 65.

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I qualify but refuse to go through the paper work. If you are on a disability pension this does not mean that you automatically qualify for helpregardless  of age

I qualify but refuse to go through the paper work. If you are on a disability pension this does not mean that you automatically qualify for helpregardless  of age

I was advised that I should be on the NDIS, but I don't believe it would be a good experience or worth the stress 

My friends son is on DSP for schizophrenia and has abused themselves with illicit drugs for years. He just received $30,000 from NDIS for someone to take him on outings and movies. If you are on a DSP go for it because every one else is and you won’t get a medal for going without. 

My husband is over 67 years old on a DSP and refuses to go on an old age pension. He says he is not of old age yet and has many years left in him despite his many disabilities. He doesn't qualify for the NDIS only age care which doed nothing for him as I am his cater and do the things that age care would do. So what good is the NDIS when it discriminates because of age.

What about trying the Commonwealth Ombudsman, Trueblueozzie.

The Ombudsman’s office is supposed to be there to help people with disability sort out problems with Australian Government agencies.

https://www.ombudsman.gov.au/what-we-do/working-with-people-with-disability

I am on the DSP at 57 and the NDIS keep contacting me about needing to register. I wish they would leave me alone. THere's nothing the NDIS can do for me at the moment and there are many people who need the limited funding more than I do. If you need their services, get assessed and have a definite answer. If you have no luck with the phone service, contact your local NDIS provider and go through them.

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