Fully diagnosed treated and stabilised

Your medical condition must be fully diagnosed, treated and stabilised to meet the general medical rules for Disability Support Pension (DSP).

Your condition must be fully diagnosed, treated and stabilised for us to assess you under the general medical rules. Our team of appropriately qualified health professionals uses your medical evidence to assess this.

We assess your medical evidence according to social security law.

Your medical evidence will need to show the following:

  • details of any treatment
  • that an appropriately qualified health professional has diagnosed your condition.

For example, an ophthalmologist must support a diagnosis of an eye condition affecting vision.

When your condition is fully diagnosed

For your condition to be fully diagnosed, your treating doctor or health professional must have:

When your condition is fully treated

To assess if your condition is fully treated, we first check what type of treatment you’ve had. This is treatment from your doctor or health professional. We’ll also check your current treatment and if any further treatment is planned for you.

We’ll look at your medical evidence to assess:

  • the suitability of the treatment
  • the outcomes of the treatment
  • if further treatment may help
  • if there are medical or other reasons why you can’t get treatment.

When your condition is fully stabilised

To check if your condition is fully stabilised, we’ll look at your medical evidence. We’ll assess whether your ability to work will get better or stay the same with more treatment or rehabilitation.

You won’t get DSP if we assess that your condition is not fully diagnosed, treated and stabilised.

Read more about who can get DSP.

Page last updated: 21 August 2019

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