Financial support for Doug Stubbs
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.
Thank You everyone for your support. Please share Doug's story and donate if you can!
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 :)