We understand that navigating various government financial programs can be a confusing, frustrating and time-consuming task for people with ME/CFS.
We are grateful to the Victorian Women’s Trust for their 2018 grant, which allowed us to run a series of workshops and create fact sheets, to assist people with ME/CFS and their carers to understand the social service benefits they may be eligible to access. Please note. We are currently reviewing these resources as they were first created in 2019.
Please use the links below to access the fact sheets and additional supporting resources.
National Disability Insurance Scheme
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is designed to help support people with disability. Click here to access resources developed to assist people with ME/CFS to understand the NDIS and what is required to apply.
Disability Support Pension
The Disability Support Pension (DSP) is a Centrelink payment providing financial support if you have a physical, intellectual or psychiatric condition that stops you from working. Click here to access resources developed to assist people with ME/CFS to understand DSP and what is required to apply.
Access and equity for the NDIS and the DSP
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) aims to give people with disabilities (and their carers) choice and control over the services and support they receive but many people living with ME/CFS face significant challenges gaining access to the scheme and receiving adequate funding. Anecdotal evidence suggests many people with ME/CFS are rejected from the NDIS