Disability Support Pension information for health professionals

If your patient’s having a medical review for DSP

If your patient has a medical review we apply the revised Impairment Tables. We also reassess their work capacity.

You can read about Impairment Tables on the Department of Social Services website.

Medical evidence for the review

Your patient can use a Disability Support Pension Review - Medical Evidence Requirements form. This will help them to get medical evidence for their DSP medical review. Your patient may ask you to help them gather current medical evidence for their medical review.

You can also use the Medical Evidence Checklist for treating health professionals form to check your patient’s medical evidence. This can help you ensure it includes relevant information about their condition.

Assessment process

Once we get the medical evidence, we’ll review it. This will help us determine your patient’s medical eligibility for DSP.

We may require your patient to attend a Job Capacity Assessment as part of the review.

Read more about Job Capacity Assessments.

We may also require your patient to attend a Disability Medical Assessment with a Government-contracted Doctor.

Read more about the Disability Medical Assessment.

We may contact you as part of the assessment process. One of our assessors, health professionals, Authorised Review Officers or Government-contracted Doctors may contact you.

We may ask you to disclose any medical information relevant to assessing the customer’s eligibility for DSP. This may include medical and specialist reports, clinical notes, medical records or other information.

We’ll ask customers to complete a Consent to disclose medical information form.

This confirms they consent for you to disclose relevant information about their disability or medical conditions to our assessors.

After the assessment

After we’ve assessed their situation, we contact customers to advise them of the outcome of their medical review. If they’re not eligible for DSP at that time, we’ll discuss other income support options. This ensures they get the right payment for their situation.

Page last updated: 22 February 2019