Centrelink stands by decision to deny disability payments to shark attack victim
The government department that runs Centrelink has backed a decision to deny disability payments to a man who lost his leg in a shark attack, saying he should complete rehabilitation and get a prosthesis fitted before being considered.
Cairns spearfisherman Glenn Dickson had his leg amputated in February after he was bitten by a bull shark near Hinchinbrook Island, but was knocked back from receiving disability support because his impairment was not deemed severe enough.
"The shark hit my leg like a chainsaw," Mr Dickson said.
"It swallowed my whole leg and had chomped and shredded all around my upper thigh, completely to the bone."
He has spent the last three months recovering and applied to Centrelink for the disability support pension (DSP).
Mr Dickson said he could not currently work in his occupation as a boilermaker and his family was experiencing financial uncertainty as they approached the birth of their third child.
"It's a lot harder for my partner. She now has to look after me," Mr Dickson said.
In a statement, Department of Human Services general manager Hank Jongen said the department had reviewed its decision to reject Mr Dickson's application.
"The department can confirm a review has shown this matter was handled appropriately and in accordance with legislation," he said.
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