Seniors and Disability Health News from Australia and New Zealand
There is a need for continued commitment at all levels of Government for the pursuit of full participation and equality for people with disabilities.
Significant progress is being made to improve the quality of life and equity of access for Australian people with disabilities and Australia's developments may serve as a model to other countries in the sub-region.
Over the decade of Disabled Persons, in partnership with organizations of people with disabilities and other concerned agencies, the Australian governments at all levels (Federal, State and Local) have been involved in the development of policy, legislation and service provision.
The Australian government provides a range of services and programs for people who are ill, injured or have a disability. Centrelink services also assist individuals looking for work and planning for their future.
The Australian Disability Support Pension is a payment for people whose physical, intellectual or psychiatric impairment prevents them from working, or for people who are permanently blind. Your illness, injury or disability must also attract an impairment rating of at least 20 points on the impairment tables. These impairment tables, contained in the Social Security Law, rate a person's impairment according to the severity of medical conditions and how they affect their ability to work. You may receive a Disability Support Pension if you have an illness, injury or disability and you are:
In most cases you must have lived in Australia for a total of 10 years as an Australian resident, or your disability occurred while you were an Australian resident.
Disability Support Pension may be paid outside Australia for a certain period (in some cases indefinitely).
A medical examination may be needed to confirm how long people may be paid.
Disability support pensioners thinking about traveling outside Australia must contact Centrelink before leaving the country.
Disability Assistance in Australia - The Salvation Army provides support, and accommodation services for the disabled in many parts of Australia.
Further Australian Disability Statistics.
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Loan Information for low income singles, families, seniors and disabled. Includes home, vehicle and personal loans.
Famous People with Disabilities - Well known people with disabilities and conditions who contributed to society.