Hi guys, I'm new to Phoenix and have been reading a lot on the forums lately. I'm currently considering applying for disability with Centrelink - I work for my mum at the moment (one day working at the shop and one to two days worth of work from home spread over a number of days) but her store is closing in January. I'm seriously concerned about my ability to find another way to earn money. I've been diagnosed with CFS since about 06 but I started to decline in 03. I've only ever managed to work part time (03 was when I left high school) and even then, I've made myself worse trying to maintain my work hours and keep my boss happy. The Aust guidelines for the pension say that you need to be unable to work more than 15 hours a week due to your condition for the next 2 years - I don't think I've ever worked more than this due to my illness. Have any other Aussies been successful in applying for it due to CFS? My main concern is I've never actually been sent to any kinds of specialists or anything (everyone I talk to always seems to have!). Every doctor I've seen runs a huge amount of blood tests which all come back normal except for deficiencies in things like iron, magnesium, B12. The only other thing is my current doctor found I had very high reverse T3 so I'm now on thyroid tables for that. I don't have the additional symptoms or syndromes that a lot of people seem to get - I just now have sinus problems since getting the flu in Feb (although they don't even send me to a specialist for that, just give me more meds). Otherwise, it's the standard yet horribly vague and debilitating CFS related symptoms and depression. I guess my main question is - does Centrelink take CFS seriously and are they going to take me seriously if I haven't been to any specialist about things?