Mark came to BRQ only two weeks before a scheduled Social Security Appeals Tribunal hearing after being rejected for Disability Support Pension.

Mark had a condition which made him dependent on at least fortnightly blood transfusions which also required periods of rest before and after due to lethargy. He had increased risks of bleeding and infections so although he might have been well enough to work in the weeks that he wasn’t getting a transfusion, this would put him at increased risk of serious medical complications.

Our caseworker immediately wrote to his GP and Haematologist for more information to support the appeal. The additional information provided by his doctors, and an argument that his condition was likely to prevent him from maintaining any regular employment successfully; resulted in the decision to reject his DSP being overturned. This outcome was achieved within 6 weeks of Mark’s initial contact with the Centre.