Chronic Illness InfoHub
Welcome to our dedicated chronic illness page, where we provide information and links to assist people that suffer from chronic illnesses and those that care for them.
The resources that you will find here will assist with:
- TPD, Income Protection, Trauma and other insurance claims;
- Travel and travel insurance issues;
- Disability Support Pension (DSP) applications and other Centrelink/Services Australia issues.
We consider a chronic illness to be any illness:
- that is ongoing for more than a few months;
- which requires ongoing treatment; and
- which limits a person’s work capacity and activities of daily living.
For example, the following illnesses would be considered chronic illnesses:
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS);
- Parkinson’s Disease;
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME);
- some physical injuries;
- some psychiatric illnesses;
- Fibromyalgia, and more.
Our informational videos
Our range of short informational videos is designed to answer, simply and clearly, what you need to know about particular issues to do with:
- total and permanent disability claims (TPD);
- income protection claims;
- Disability Support Pension (DSP) for people with chronic illness; and
- travel insurance for people with chronic illness.
Looking for something specific about chronic illness support?
You might find it in one of these articles. You should also feel free to let us know if there’s a topic we should write about that would further assist those living with chronic illness and those who care for them.
Social Security Rights Victoria (SSRV) DSP Toolkit
We worked closely with SSRV, on a pro bono project, to develop a toolkit full of resources to assist medical practitioners, social workers and community workers who are helping their clients obtain the necessary evidence for their DSP application.
If you have any questions about the toolkit, like which of the impairment tables is relevant to your illness/injury or how the impairment tables work, please do not hesitate to give us a call: 03 9448 8048
We work closely with advocates and referrers
When someone is sick or injured, the process of dealing with an insurance company and/or Services Australia for injury or illness insurance, the Disability Support Pension and other Centrelink benefits can be frustrating, daunting and exhausting. If you're providing assistance to someone with a chronic illness and you'd like advice or help with insurance options and their entitlement to a DSP, we can help.
Help with insurance, DSP or Centrelink for your chronic illness?
If you’re ill or injured and can’t work or have had to reduce your work hours, or are thinking of stopping work, it’s really important to get expert advice on what you are covered for and when you can make a super claim and/or apply for the Disability Support Pension.
At Berrill and Watson, we give you FREE advice and do any super claims for you “No-Win/No Charge”. It costs you nothing to find out where you stand.
If you’ve got a question, get in touch with us, for FREE.
Melbourne: 03 9448 8048
Brisbane: 07 3013 4300
Anywhere else in Australia: 03 9448 8048
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