The Disability Support Register (DSR) of the Department of Human Services (DHS), Victoria, is a service allocation process for all people in Victoria with a confirmed need for supports that meet their disability needs.
Medical services are, in contrast, available to all Australians, because all pay or have paid the Medicare levy. We do not have to stand in-line or compete with others to see a doctor. We have a recognised and paid entitlement to medical services.
In total contrast, people with disabilities have no such entitlement to support services for their basic living needs. They have to stand in a ‘charity hand-out line’ and compete with others for the few crumbs of support funding which is further reduced by DHS bureaucratic fudging and bludging in their ivory palaces.
The DSR application form is massive and bureaucratic, where people with disabilities must bare their most inner sole to assertively compete with each other for those charity hand-out crumbs.
Consider the outrage if members of the general population had to complete such a sole baring document as a DSR application, justifying their need for medical services. At the drop of a hat, we can go to a GP, be referred to specialist and have the most complex range of tests - electronic and pathology.
The initial intention of the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) was that of providing entitlement disability support services through a percentage on the Medicare levy.
It is sad the Australian general population, unlike Scandinavians, appear reluctant to share their quality of life with those Australians disadvantaged by disability, by fully funding the NDIS similar to medical services, to provide needs and entitlement based lifetime services for all people with disabilities. Rather than the weak, watery and penny-pinched NDIS about to be launched on peanut funding from controversial government general revenue.
LINK to DSR Application Form
~ LINK to Ongoing Disability Support Handbook.