My names shannon 44 years old had constant chronic back pain for last 20 years, have been a cabbie for last 10 years and now for the last couple years im only working 2-3 day fornight because i just cant sit or stand for long periods anymore. Tryed everything and all sorts of medication also now have really bad umbilical hernia due to overdosing on codeine as the Docter at the time would not give me any pain killers..
Last 5 years ive had utter hell with job providers, i have to see them as im earning bugger all and have to rely on centerlink... They dont understand people with chronic conditions and have been cut off numerous times for things like being in bed because ive been in agony and havent looked for work..they havent gotten me a interveiw in 5 years and these people are supposed to be disability mobs.
Im getting to the point off quitting my job as it kills me sitting in the car but how do other people handle these mobs , ive tryed disability but like everyone else has been denied..
getting sick of wasting my time going to someone that 100% isnt going to help me....
I'm currently not working (haven't for 12 months due to back problems) and have had to deal with job providers (technically, Disability Employment Services/Disability Management Services).
The best advice I can give is to speak to your doctor, gather as much medical evidence as you can, and then give Centrelink a call and have a chat to them about your circumstances. While it can take forever to get through to someone at Centrelink due to the sheer volume of calls they receive, don't hang up.
In my experience, most Centrelink staff that I have spoken to are quite helpful and friendly.
In regards to job providers, some are better than others. In fact, some are much better than others. If you aren't happy with them, I believe that you can change to another one.
Some of them are real nightmares to deal with, but it all comes down to the person who ends up looking after you (this is true of DES/DMS).
Unfortunately, even the good ones don't really understand what it's like to be in chronic pain, or to have certain health issues that get in the way.
This is where speaking to your doctor and having as much medical evidence (reports from MRI/CT scans, specialist reports etc) about your condition can come in handy.
Try and speak to Centrelink as soon as you can and they should be able to tell you exactly what you should do.
Ditto to Darren’s advice and as he said don’t hang up ,also the sooner you do the sooner they will get things rolling and backdated .
Don’t be upset if they put you on Newstart straight away as this only gets the money coming DSP can take months so if you were waiting for them you’d be in a box.
As Darren said once you get an interview treat them with kindness and it will be returned , also don’t try to look well for them do everything as you would normally do so they can see that your really in a bad way.
as long as I wake up alive I'm happy
Because it could be worse