Journal article

The impact of the disability support pension on mental health: evidence from 14 years of an Australian cohort

Allison Milner, Anne Kavanagh, Ashley McAllister, Zoe Aitken

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of the Australian Disability Support Pension (DSP) on the symptomology of depression and anxiety over and above the effects of reporting a disability itself. METHODS: We used the Household Income Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey from 2004 to 2017. We used fixed effects regression to understand mental health differences (using the Mental Health Inventory-5 [MHI-5]) when a person reported: i) a disability; or ii) a disability and receiving the DSP) compared to when they reported no disability. The models controlled for time-varying changes in the severity of the disability and other time-related confounders. RESULTS: There was a 2.97-point decline (95..

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Grants

Awarded by Swedish Research for Health, Working Life and Welfare Postdoctoral Fellowship


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence: Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health


Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

AM was supported by a Victorian Health and Medical Research Fellowship. AMc was supported by a Swedish Research for Health, Working Life and Welfare Postdoctoral Fellowship [2017-01998]. No financial disclosures were reported by the authors of this paper. The study was also supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence: Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health (APP1116385) and Australian Research Council DP170101434. The funding bodies had no role in the conduct or reporting of the study