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Disability Disadvantages

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Tuesday, 10 January 2017
Period debt occurred: 
May 2011 to September 2012
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Disability Support Pension
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Neurocardiogenic Syncope (NCS) among other conditions can be triggered by stress. During 2nd appeal process for the debt, the "centrelink" officer would not advise time of call, call back or sms so medication could be taken to manage the NCS. During the 2nd phone call, the officer wouldn't let me finish a sentence, speaking over the top, refusing to listen to what myself or my carer were saying. NCS causes TIA (transient ischemic attack) events. Slurring of speech, loss of movement in right side that progresses to loss of all speech, loss of cognitive function, etc. The 2nd phone call ended with TIA event. She continued to call on days I requested no phone calls as carer was not available. TIA event also is followed by chronic fatigue and mental incoherency for up to a week.
I have not spoken to this officer again but she remains my appeals officer. . . after personal disability advocate and my carer lodged a complaint and requested new appeals officer. Somehow, the debt decision was made, to remains as is without any contact with appeal department. Though through letter have been given 13 weeks to supply further evidence so the decision can be "reviewed" again. By same officer.
Other medical conditions have been triggered. I have been recommended by GP and Specialists to "let it be" as health is more important.

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

Spent more money on medication, hospital and doctors for the stress induce from this debt, not including the money wasted on chasing it down than the total amount it was worth.
More personal note, I know how it made me feel, the guilt and shame increasing with the already attached stigma that comes to one on disability benefits. I felt I only had one option left for being a burden on society but I was surrounded by kind, loving family who gave me strength to see past blind, bureaucracy prejudice. My heart goes out for those who don't have that support base.