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  1. For anyone who is considering early release of super for bariatric procedures, the application process is now managed by the Australian Taxation Office, the link below provides information plus there is a new ATO form to be completed. https://www.ato.gov.au/individuals/super/in-detail/withdrawing-and-paying-tax/withdrawing-your-super-and-paying-tax/?page=4#Access_on_compassionate_grounds
  2. Hi all - very new to all of this, just trying to figure out best option for me. I am 50 years ago, morbidly obese with BMI 50. I have tried and tried to be healthier, but I'm just so damn hungry, especially at night-time. I've been researching the sleeve for a few months now and think it is the best option for me. I've just taken out private health insurance but of course I have to wait 12 months and, from what I understand, I have to come up with at least $5,000.00 for the gap anyway. My GP has put me on the public wait list, but I understand that is about a two year wait and now I've made up my mind, I really do not want to wait another 2 years and be nearly 53 years old before I start losing weight. That leaves accessing my super. I really don't want to do that, but I feel that if I don't, I won't live to see or use my super anyway - I'm saying this because I have had two friends die of terminal cancer that their surgeons have indicated were caused by their obesity. Both of them were approximately my weight or even a little smaller, although both were slightly older than me too. I don't want to get to that stage SO, my question is - does anyone know of any Perth surgeons who will do the surgery via accessing super early? I understand that a lot of surgeons won't go this route in case something goes wrong and I need to stay in hospital longer. One name that has come up in my research is Dr Harsha Chandratha - anyone heard of him or know of anyone else? Also, I live SOR although of course I would travel to Joondalup if need be Would love to hear from anyone who has accessed super or knows of Dr Harsha personally. Thankyou
  3. maryjane293

    Anyone from Brisbane?

    Hi Everyone, I've decided I'm doing it, I want a sleeve. No PHI- so I'm going to withdraw from my super, went to GP today and she gave me a referral so off to Brisbane Obesity Clinic next week. Questions: - Anyone been to Brisbane Obesity Clinic? - How long did you need off work? - Will I need someone to help care for me if I live alone? - Did you have any issues getting super to cover it all? (I have enough in there) - Did you hide this from friends and family? how did that go? (I don't want any negativity and want to keep this to myself, I live 8 hours away from family so think I can get away with it for a while) - Any good TV shows, Movies or Youtube Bloggers that cover any of these topics you would suggest watching? - I go away in June for a month, back on July 8. Do you think I would have enough time to get it done before and is it risky going overseas after having it or should I wait and get done straight after I return in July? any advice?
  4. Has anyone been rejected applying for super for the full amount of sleeve or bypass surgery as its around $28000 total cost ie. Surgery, hospital, anethasist etc Im in SA thanks Bobo
  5. Im contemplating having a sleeve ive struggled with my weight for 5 years now mainly due to children ive tried evety diet under the sun with no sucess so my dr suggested gastric sleeve My question is im in SA so wich drs/ surgeries are recommended and price wise Im looking into using my super i do have private health bit dont want to be in this disgusting body for another 11 months please help with
  6. Hey guys and girls, I am 33 from brisbane and had the Band put in in 2010, and i am over the constant struggle of throwing up and getting stuck etc etc etc. I started at 171kg got down to 109kg... then have slowly gotten back to 138kg... When I got my Band I used my super fund to finance the operation... Is this an option for Revision surgery?? Does anyone know if APRA or department of human services as they are known these days WILL Release my super funds for a Band to Sleeve Revision? I do have Private Health fund which will Kick in in march.. so just need the extra 6000 or so... thanks folks, Hope you can help with some information. Stewie.
  7. Hi all. Got my notification today that my super has been approved for release so I am so so happy! June 24th is my date and now I know it's absolutely real I just can't wait! It took me exactly one month - application submitted 17th April, notification 17th May. Not too bad. No questions, just approved Yay me!!
  8. vixta99

    Start of the journey

    Hi there. I am a Brisbane mum, like others at a point when I have had enough and can't see any other option. I have my 3 appointments on Thursday (surgeon, dietician and psych) and I am a bit nervous but more so excited. I have been researching this for 2 years, but kept thinking something else might work. It didn't. I am 164cm and 90kg, which is obese. My BMI is 33 and for me this is too big and unhealthy. My weight seems to be increasing as I seem to be over-eating, yet if I did not play netball or walk, I would hate to think. My co-morbidities for having a lower BMI is high blood pressure for the past 12 months and asthma. I have PHI but will give it a go claiming for super also. I see my GP Monday for the referral.. I have researched a few surgeons/clinics and like the ideas of WLSA on the Gold Coast so going to start with that. I remember the first time I felt fat was at 11 when I stole some herbal diet pills from a pharmacy (shocking I know). I really was not that bad. I am also someone who really has tried EVERYTHING and in the meantime have spend tens of thousands in the process: WW, JC, shakes, magazine diets, celeb diets, protein, BodyTrim, pills, SlimmingClub, gym/PT, dietician, hyno-lapband and even liposuction.... After all this effort and money... I am bigger than before. So... here I go... last chance, more ambition and even more determination. I am 33 and want to live! Vic
  9. ringo

    Rejected

    I got the dreaded call from DHS today saying that my application for early release of super has been denied due to my savings being to high! So much for being honest. No health insurance either, I better get saving or looking for other options....
  10. Hi I'm self funding my op and planning on trying to get the funds released from my super. In planning on paying for the op up from on my credit card and then claiming back the borrowed money. Does anyone have and tips or advice to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible? Thanks in advance
  11. Hi New to this group just wondering if people can share there experiences with me on paying for the operation with super money and is it easy to get access to you money or are there age restrictions ? Does it take long is it on certain funds ?? Im with Australian Super and im 33 with a BMI of 38.4 im in melbourne and want to know of people who have used Peter O'brien good or bad Thanks IA
  12. jules58

    OMG OMG

    I was approved for my super Im excited and scared at the same time. I will be having the sleeve with Dr Silverman cannot beleive it some good news for once I was made redundant last week so I wont have to hurry back to work after the op. Julie
  13. just wondering if anyone has gone down the track with the payment option of super, i just downloaded the forms and omg, 11 sheets long, they want to know the ins and outs of a ducks butt. hhhmmmm so much paper work. does any one know how long it takes for it to be approved.
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