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Claim for Disability Support Pension
Medical Evidence Checklist
Medical Evidence Requirements
Medical evidence to support your claim for
Disability Support Pension
You need to provide current medical evidence from your treating health
professional(s) to support your claim for Disability Support Pension.
We need this information to help us understand how your medical
conditions affect you, and to make sure we correctly assess your
We are not responsible for obtaining this information on your
behalf. However, we may contact your treating health professionals
to conﬁrm or clarify information you provide about your medical
Information we need to assess your claim
You must provide current medical evidence about each of your
medical conditions that impact your ability to work. These
requirements are explained in more detail below.
You need to provide suitable medical evidence when you lodge your
claim. If you do not provide this information we may be unable to
correctly assess your claim, and may reject your claim.
Please tell us if you cannot provide evidence within that time, or if
you are having difﬁculty obtaining medical evidence.
What is medical evidence?
Medical evidence includes documents written by a registered medical
practitioner (such as your treating doctor) and other registered health
or allied health professionals. This evidence should support the
information you provide in the medical details section of your claim.
Statements about your condition written by you or your nominee are
taken into account, but are not considered medical evidence. This
applies to information provided by a person who is not a registered
health professional, such as a teacher.
Examples of medical evidence you may be required to provide:
• medical history reports/print outs
• specialist medical reports, including outcomes of specialist
referrals by your treating doctor
• allied health professional reports, such as physiotherapy or
• psychologist reports, including IQ testing reports
• medical imaging reports
• compensation and rehabilitation reports
• physical examination reports
• hospital/outpatient records or discharge summaries including
operations you have had.
You are not required to provide everything on this list. Medical
evidence should be as current as possible. Older evidence (such as
reports or records more than 2 years old) will generally be considered
less relevant. Please talk to your treating health professional if you
are not sure whether the medical evidence you have reﬂects your
Details of your treating health professionals
Please include the full name and contact details for all your treating
health professionals in the medical details section of your claim.
Information we need about your medical conditions
In most cases, we need current information about the diagnosis,
treatment, symptoms, functional impact and prognosis of each of the
medical condition(s) that impact your ability to work. This is explained
in more detail below:
• The formal diagnosis of the medical conditions that impact your
ability to function.
• When each medical condition was diagnosed.
• The name, qualiﬁcation and contact details of the medical
professional who made the diagnosis.
Treatment and care
• The type of treatment that has been undertaken in the past.
• The current treatment(s) you are undertaking.
• Planned or future treatment, including whether you are on a
• If you require speciﬁc care because of your condition, including
nursing home level or palliative care.
Symptoms and functional impact
• When the symptoms of each medical condition started (date of
• Current symptoms of your conditions (persisting despite treatment,
aids, equipment or assistive technology).
• The severity, frequency and duration of your symptoms.
• How your conditions and treatment impact on your ability to
function in day-to-day life including at work.
• The length of time the condition is likely to impact your ability to
• Whether the condition is likely to improve, remain the same or get
• Whether your medical condition is likely to signiﬁcantly affect your
Speciﬁc medical evidence required for some medical
We need speciﬁc medical evidence for some medical conditions.
ear conditions affecting hearing or balance:
the diagnosis must
be supported by a report from your audiologist or ear, nose and
eye conditions affecting vision:
the diagnosis must be supported
by a report from your ophthalmologist.
mental health conditions (such as depression, schizophrenia):
your doctor’s diagnosis must be supported by a psychiatrist or
clinical psychologist assessment.
we need an assessment of intellectual
function and assessment of adaptive behaviour from your
psychologist, or a report from your special school which includes
these psychologist assessments. Evidence you provide must
include information supported by a psychologist about your IQ
score, or your ability to undergo IQ testing.
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on 132 717.