Disability Support Pension claims: Medical Evidence Requirements

28 Apr 2016

Following the AMA’s representation, the Department of Human Services (DHS) has agreed to publish the Medical Evidence Requirements around the new arrangements for providing medical evidence to support Disability Support Pension (DSP) claims, on their website. The information sheet, which is also attached to the claim form, was not previously readily available to medical practitioners. The information sheet can be found at: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/forms/sa473.

This information will assist medical practitioners when providing the medical evidence patients are required to submit to substantiate their DSP claim.

The AMA is continuing to work with the DHS and the Department of Social Services in an effort to address a range of concerns that members have brought to our attention about the new arrangements and we would welcome any feedback you may have in this regard. In particular, if you are currently experiencing repeated send-backs of patients from DHS please advise us, including information about the reasons for the send-back. You can email us at gpnn@ama.com.au.