I'm 18 living in Australia with severe asthma. I've been hospitalised 7 times in 2017 (twice in the ICU) and 2 times in 2018 (both ICU). I'm on a plethora of medication and have recently started Nucala injections in hope that I might finally achieve some control.
I cannot work or study part-time or full-time because of how often I'm in hospital or having specialist appointments. I rarely get the opportunity to socialise anymore, and walking around shopping centres for a couple hours with friends is completely out of the question. 80% of the time during certain months and seasons, I'm housebound. And I can typically find myself room-bound if my parents are using products to clean the house.
Despite my asthma clearly impacting my lifestyle, I don't qualify for any government benefits, not even a healthcare card. This is because I'm not a student, I'm not a job seeker and according to their guidelines, my condition doesn't interfere "enough" with my productivity to be eligible.
I don't have any kind of income and I haven't since 2016 (when my asthma progressively became significantly worse). I'm completely dependent on my parents, and it is becoming a financial strain on my family to keep up with payments for my medications and treatments.
I need a way where I can have some kind of income to I can assist on the financial burden, but I don't know what to do anymore.
I'm happy to take suggestions.
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