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#1 yellowtulips74

Posted 11 June 2019 - 09:57 PM

Hi everyone.

I'm planning to call Centrelink too, but thought some of you might have some extra helpful tips.

My 14yo DD became very unwell (PTSD) in November.  I worked a bit Nov-Mar but I haven't been able to work at all since April 1.  Due to her self harm, etc she needs almost constant supervision and care at the moment.  She is planning to try going back to school soon but I still need to be on call.

Looks like I won't realistically be able to go back to work till early October, or possibly not at all this year.

I just realised I might be able to claim a carer's payment for this period.  I'm just wondering though... what kind of documents should I get to support my claim?

Is a letter from the GP enough?  Or should I get letters from her psychiatrist and/or psychologist?  She spent 6 weeks in hospital Jan-Feb then another 2 weeks in May, and is currently admitted to a hospital day program (which I attend with her) which is 2 afternoons a week for 6 months.

I also realised as my 16yo DD has depression, I might be able to claim carer's allowance for her.  She hasn't been at school full time since mid 2014.  She's doing better this year but still part time at school because of her depression.  What kind of supporting documentation should I provide for her claim?

Thanks all.

#2 SelceLisbeth

Posted 12 June 2019 - 03:32 PM

Firstly I am sorry for everything you are experienced and everything you and your girls are going through.

Like FS has said, CP for a person 16yo or older is difficult to get. She might be eligible for a disability support pension, however. That would also entitle her to Health Care Card.

As for the CP for your younger child, CP will require that a psych sign off that your DD is going to be unwell for at least two years (after the two years they will carry out a review). You and I both know that PTSD is a long haul, but CL may see it differently. I think I recall also something about their condition needing to have stabilised, but that could be totally wrong.

Good luck, I really hope you get your application approved and I hope your girls slowly get better. I hope you also have support for yourself.

#3 Mollycoddle

Posted 12 June 2019 - 09:45 PM

I'm pretty sure that to get Carers Payment the person you are caring for needs to be on a certain type of benefit themselves ie Disability Support Pension (hard to get) or possibly Sickness Benefit. My mother is currently going through the process as carer for my sister who has leukemia.

#4 LittleMissPink

Posted 13 June 2019 - 08:49 AM

The only documentation you need is the application form, that you fill out, and the medical report, that your GP/psych/paed can fill out.

View PostMollycoddle, on 12 June 2019 - 09:45 PM, said:

I'm pretty sure that to get Carers Payment the person you are caring for needs to be on a certain type of benefit themselves ie Disability Support Pension (hard to get) or possibly Sickness Benefit. My mother is currently going through the process as carer for my sister who has leukemia.

No, they dont need to be.

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