Financial support for Doug Stubbs

$1,730 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 1 month
Bridget Jamieson  Redbank, QLD
Doug's story appeared in the Courier Mail on Wednesday 22nd Feb 2017.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/amputee-with-brain-injury-knocked-back-for-disability-pension/news-story/73404f1b4132d6dc368b6d2b41360caa

All monies raised will be directly sent to Doug and his wife for things like cost to cover medical appointments (half a dozen different specialists), much needed car repairs and anything else that is needed to help Doug's quality of life until his application for Disabilty Support Pension has been sorted out. Some people go through this process 8 or 9 times before they are accepted for DSP. This is their second application for it.

We met with Doug & Sue today (Saturday 25th Feb) as they only live 5 minutes from us. We had a great chat with coffee and discussed lots of things about the campaign and what needs to change within the Department of Centrelink.
Stay tuned for new updates!

Doug Stubbs, from Collingwood Park, southwest of Brisbane, suffered horrific injuries when he had a stroke while riding his motorcycle and crashed into a truck in July 2015.

The 55-year-old former transport operator has since been cared for by his wife, Sue, and undergone a series of surgical and specialist procedures.

With mounting bills, Mr Stubbs applied for a disability pension, but was stunned when knocked back by Centrelink.

He asked the Department of Human Services to take another look at the case and the Review Officer stood by the original decision.

In the reply, the officer wrote that it was accepted Mr Stubbs had permanent conditions of ABI (Acquired Brain Injury), right arm amputation, DVT and multiple fractures.

However, this did not generate enough points to qualify for a disability pension.

“While I accept that your right, dominant hand is non-functional as a result of the amputation, there is no objective medical evidence to indicate that there is a severe functional impact on activities like turning the pages of a book, using a pen or pencil or using a keyboard or carrying most objects with your functional arm,’’ the officer said.

The department believed he could work at least 15 hours a week in a sedentary role and put him on Newstart.

His wife Sue said there was no way her husband could go to work with his disabilities.

She said she very much doubted an employer would take him on at his age with his medical conditions. Another setback was he could not drive.

“It’s ridiculous and we suspect it is all to do with the Disability Pension being more than unemployment benefits. DSP is around $725 per fortnight and Newstart is $488 per fortnight.

“He has worked and paid taxes all his life and this is how the government treats him. He now feels disenfranchised. Drug addicts and alcoholics can get DSP.”

Without DSP, he can’t access any State Government services or NDIS.

The couple is taking the matter to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on Thursday.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/amputee-with-brain-injury-knocked-back-for-disability-pension/news-story/73404f1b4132d6dc368b6d2b41360caa
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Update 12
Posted by Bridget Peaker
7 days ago
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Stripe transfers are starting to come through again. here is the first of a few transfers yet to come :)
Thank You everyone for your support. Please share Doug's story and donate if you can!
Stripe transfer to Doug
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Update 11
Posted by Bridget Peaker
8 days ago
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Scheduled donations from Stripe (dates are approximate and can take 1-2 days longer than listed). I will continue to post receipts when funds have been transferred to Doug and Sue. Amounts shown are with the Stripe fees taken out.
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Update 10
Posted by Bridget Peaker
14 days ago
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Hi Everyone! Thought I would post a quick update to say Thank You to everyone for your support so far!
We are still fighting for Centrelink to change their stupid policies and waste of time which is costing the department so much money that could be going towards DSP recipients.

I am currently in the middle of the Pacific Ocean somewhere lol, with my best friend of 15 years who is blind. I just closed a Go Fund Me where we raised $3000 to help her see the world with her heart and indeedily do she has! Stay tuned for the daily videos when we get home and take a break from this very busy P&O holiday on the Pacific Aria :)

I will continue to work with Doug and Sue on this and there are more media updates to come with The Courier Mail, a well as Channels 7 & 9!

Thank You to the new people who have donated since the Project updated last night. As I put the Stripe Merchant account on hold until I get back (don't want it to be open and available in Vanuatu or Mare to strange people) your donations will take about 10-14 days to reach Doug and Sue instead of about 7, but I will upload the transfer receipts as I have been doing all along. Just have to be careful when dealing with banking issues overseas and I am sure you will understand the delay in transferring these donations.

Sooooo fantastic! More stories are coming through from similar people and families. We need to band together, it takes a village remember.... but we CAN make a change if we keep fighting for this to change.

Much love to all of you! Keep up this great kindness in your heart!
I will leave you with a peaceful image of my time this week and hope that this peace reaches everyone :)
Another day with hope for change...
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Update 9
Posted by Bridget Peaker
23 days ago
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Morning guys. Donation of $200 has been picked up from the Inland Cafe in Tamworth and has been transferred to Doug's account this morning,
Please keep sharing the campaign and donating if you can!
https://www.facebook.com/inlandcafe/
Offline Donation Inand Cafe
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$1,730 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 1 month
Created February 22, 2017
$50
Carmel Barber
5 days ago
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1

Keep your spirits up guys! WE care!

TW
$30
Tess Williams
10 days ago
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feel very strongly your case needs to stay in the public eye

JW
$30
Julia Wilson
11 days ago
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2

Good luck, Doug.

MC
$50
Michael Craigmile
12 days ago
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2

Hi folks. Just been "facebooking" with you. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the cartoon. Your spirit and determination are the stuff of legends. Go get 'em.

IK
$20
Ingrid Kotka
12 days ago
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1
KY
$20
Kerrie Young
12 days ago
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Best of luck for the future.

$50
Nat Harrison
13 days ago
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You're a legend Doug and the Aussie people wont let this go by without helping you but keep smiling and having such a fantastic sense of humour....dont ever lose that! Sue you are an amazing woman and both of you keep your chins up. I truly believe there are reasons for things happening and I believe there will be a positive outcome with this. Lots of love to you both ♥

JD
$20
Jim Dodrill
13 days ago
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Keep up the courage and inspiration.

$50
Trina Cox
14 days ago
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1

Hi Sue and Doug Hope this small donation will be of some help and keep your spirits up. Trina

FS
$10
Fiona Steele
14 days ago
1
1
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