Request for information and advice
Last year I applied for a disability pension. I have osteoarthritis in my back and my left leg and it was getting very sore especially when walking. My doctor referred me to a neurologist and she did some MRI tests. I received a letter from Centrelink saying my application was refused but that I can present more evidence. The neurologist told me that I needed to see a second neurologist because she thought that I may have Motor Neurone Disease. The second neurologist diagnosed HSP and told me that I might end up in a wheelchair. It was a bit of a relief to know that I did not have MND which is more serious.
So I went to Centrelink with the doctor’s report that I have HSP. A review officer then called me and said that my claim for the disability pension was rejected again. I asked him if he had any idea what HSP is and he said no. I was in shock and said to him how can you refuse something when you don’t know what it is? I would very much appreciate hearing from people who have experience with the disability pension.
Thanks for any information or help