Editors Note: I don’t know for sure, but I bet she can’t get the NDIS either. It is really unfair that she is being excluded because she went home to New Zealand for some free care from family and friends, which probably meant she could be discharged from hospital earlier in Australia, saving Australia money!
A Kiwi solo mum who suffered a massive head injury after falling in her home in Australia has been told she is not entitled to any benefits, despite paying taxes there for the past 15 years.
Fiona McKay, 48, fell down a flight of stairs in her home in the Blue Mountains in December last year. She lay unconscious in a pool of her own blood for about 20 hours before being found by friends.
The occupational therapist spent two weeks in intensive care, and weeks in a high-dependency ward. She is still unable to work.
Her family say she has lost weight and is suffering from depression because of the stress of not getting a benefit.
She has now been told by Centrelink, which handles benefit payments in Australia, that because she returned to New Zealand briefly to be cared for by her family, she is not entitled to any government support.
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Her two children, aged 11 and 12, are Australian citizens. “I feel devastated,” she said.
“I have lived in Australia for nearly 15 years and have always worked and paid my taxes. I am worried and apprehensive about my future.
“I have two children born in Australia,…