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  1. hi all am wanting to download forms 160EH for chest xray and also form 26E for the medical. want to get organised but on the diac website it always says the site is temporary unavailable. not sure what to do about it. can anyone tell me what i need to do for the medicals. do i need to request medical information from my doctors, passports etc. i have crohns disease (since 2002) but have been well since 2004.
  2. KangaKit

    491 to 191

    I know we are are a away for it being available but do any agents know the requirements yet? ie will be a case of 3 years tax receipts, new police check or will it be like applying for another visa again with medicals etc? (Found them so stressful last time)
  3. Marlene

    reciprocal medicare

    We're familiar with the operation of Medicare and that it covers a percentage of costs etc. Just want to ask if there are any aged-parent Visa holders here who have been using the UK reciprocal medicare and does this give you exactly the same cover as Australian Nationals or is it a sub set? Also, if you have additional health cover what sort of cover is the best to go for with reciprocal Medicare? It's a bit of a concern leaving the all-inclusive NHS without understanding fully what we can or cannot get in Australia. Many Thanks for your time and consideration. Keep well! qqMolly
  4. Hi This is my first post on this forum and I was wondering if anyone has had an experience where they were refused a spouse visa due to Hypopituitarism (or if they were granted their visa and have this conditon). My husband, who has this condition, is currently applying for his spouse visa (I am Australian and we are planning to move there permanently from the UK). He has undertaken his medicals and we just got an email from our case officer saying: 'Your medical reports were referred to the Health Operations Centre (HOC) in Australia for an opinion on whether you meet the health requirement for the grant of the above visa because a health concern was identified by our panel doctors during your medical examinations.' I am only assuming that they are referring to his Hypopituitarism, unless he has something else we don't yet know about! What I am wondering is - is this just a normal response for someone who has an existing medical condition? Do all/most medical conditions need to be referred to HOC? My husband's condition requires him to take medication everyday, which we are obviously willing to pay for ourselves in OZ (he gets it for free here) and he does not require any hospital treatment or any other type of medical treatment apart from his daily medication. Many thanks in advance to anyone who can help :cute:
  5. Now that I've received my invitation I'm keen to get cracking as my ilets expires this month. I have got in touch with one of the migration agents on this forum but wondered if there is anything I can do in the meantime? Shall I ask the consultants receptionist for a report regarding medical issues?
  6. Hello, I am new to the forum so in advance a warning I am not familiar with all that I might be asking !! We are currently considering an application for Partner Visa for my husband of 7 yrs. He is English and I am Australian. I have lived out of the country for 19 yrs now. We are concerned with the application due to him having Rheumatoid Arthritis and being on a medical infusion every 6 - 8 months. I am aware of the cost of this medicine in Australia and also the others he has to take like anti inflammatory drugs and others needed. My question is ... Has anyone else had Health issues they have had to deal with in their application - I am most sure they will query this in the Basic Medical side of the application as it is an ongoing illness. If so how successful have people been either keeping within the $49 000 costs for 10 yrs they state. Or if they state you will exceed it what are the chances for a successful application. This information might help our decision to pay for an agent to walk us through the application process and for any future appeals for this. Thank you for any advice in advance. xx
  7. Hi Guys, Just started looking into the Health Examination element of the 309 partner visa application to prepare our overall budget! According to this website, there are a very limited number of locations in the UK where you can get a recognised medical from a "panel physician". I've phoned the places we could consider going to, and the costs quoted for the medicals are around £270 for the temporary full medical, or £330 for the permanent full medical. Then I've looked on the medmigration website and they list a "medical exam only" option for £175. So my questions are: Which medical is sufficient? I don't know if this answer varies based on the content of your application, or if it's standard based on the visa... also I wasn't sure if the 309 visa, given it's a stepping stone to the 100 visa, is considered temporary and you only therefore need the temporary medical...? We should meet the criteria to get upgraded immediately from the 309 to the 100 visa (married for 7 years, baby to be born any minute now!) - did anyone have to get a 2nd medical, or just the one was sufficient? Did any of you get your medical done in Australia (or otherwise overseas)? Or do you HAVE to get it done in the UK? We're going to be in Aus over xmas, and the fees there are significantly cheaper (done by a health provider called Bupa, fees listed here) - $232 AUD for the plain medical only. Assuming we can do it in Aus, then I'm thinking about uploading this to the application and the timing. We'll have submitted our initial application by mid-end Sep, and we would be doing the medical about 4 months later. Let's say, but some stroke of luck, we get a case officer coming back asking us to get the health check done at the 2-3 month mark. When the case officer asks you to submit your health check, do you need to complete this action within a certain time period e.g. would waiting 1-2 months to submit it cause any issues (besides the obvious fact that I've self inflicted a delay in the process)? Thanks for your help.
  8. lillmissb

    Starting Out in Sydney?

    Hi Everyone I have been lurking around the forum over the last couple of weeks and thought I would reach out and say Hi to see if anyone can direct me to the information I've not stumbled upon yet! My hubby applied for a work secondment to Sydney (without telling me -as you do!) and has been offered a position, from what I understand so far they are offering him a 482 visa with us on dependants visas that would mean we have unrestricted work and education for me and our children (10 + 13 school years primary 5 and secondary ). I have found a lot of information on the schooling which is a mine field in itself given that we would be supposed to be heading back to the UK when our son was starting in year 11 One thing I haven't so far made sense of is if we would be eligible for school fees from what I can see and have assumed is that we would - if anyone could confirm that would be great! The other thing I keep coming up with mixed opinions on is the cost of living in Sydney itself we have estimated to live within an hour commute to CBD (for hubby) if we estimate around $700 a week for somewhere while not easy it may be a doable figure? Another concern for now although I have a million in my head is health care and health of my little one, perhaps naively I have always assumed in Oz the air would be fresher than in the UK my little one has allergy induced asthma his allergens are dust mite and tree pollen. From what I can see we would buy medications as they would not be covered on any health insurance policies we take out, although I have to confess i'm still researching how healthcare works over there. Thank you if you have read my somewhat disjointed and thought dump post, any advice, posts worth reading for info, or general reassurance that its an opportunity worth taking would be welcome. This site is amazing and has been all i have read for days although I think i'm scrambling info in my head now there is so much to learn xx
  9. dfactor

    Support or advice needed please

    Hi everyone, I am seeking some sound advice from people who have either been in the same position or have any constructive advice on what and if I can do anything with my circumstances. I emigrated to Perth, WA in October 2015 and arrived to a job that I had previously obtained a four month trial with brick laying. I was offered a salaried position with Super, bonus and all the trimmings that come with being Employed, a very rare chance in the construction industry especially in Perth. Work was good great and the first year flew by, I had settled into life/work. In the November of 2016 I started experiencing pains in my feet which were initially not that bad but when in pain felt like someone was stabbing me in the sole of my foot. I went to the GP and they prescribed anti-inflamories and I was told to rest etc. The pains started getting worse and I went to maybe a GP appointment maybe once a week until April 2017, in the February of 2017 I had a little girl, we had a few problems along the way but she was born healthy at 37 weeks. Fast forward to June/July 2017 and although I was still going to the doctors I still was only been given tramadol (I became addicted) and OTC anti-inflamatories. Worked started to slow down for the company I was working for and they had already made some redundancies so I felt I wasn't in a position to speak to my employer about what was going on with my feet/health. In September of 2017 I literally couldn't walk I was struggling that much and the GP signed me off sick after sitting in her office crying and saying if you dont sort this out my employer will make me redundant and because there isn't much work in Perth with the economy at the moment we will have no choice to go back to the UK as we cant live off my partners wage alone and I still dont know what is wrong with me...…… The GP charged me for a double appointment ($160.00) as id gone five minutes over the first one and I left no clearer. I remember sitting outside in floods of tears with my partner and young baby knowing what was coming. I had 5 days off with the sick note and in that time met my employer do speak about why I was off and told them the doctor said I had Plantar fasciitis (Wrong diagnosis) He made me redundant within three days of returning to work. We had to leave Perth within three weeks and because we didn't have an Australian or British passport to be able to leave Perth we moved over to Brisbane with some friends just for support and to try and tie all our loose ends up in Australia, passport,resident return visas etc. We got back to the UK Feb 2018 with nothing. All our stuff was being shipped back. We had nothing but lived with parents, not easy with a baby. I attended my old GP and explained the situation, he said he didn't have a deep enough understanding of the symptoms I was experiencing and referred me instantly to Rheumatology. I was seen within a week and started treatment for Psoriatic Arthritis. It not a degenerative Arthritic condition and is purely the immune system creating inflammation. I've been on various drugs which they use to treat it and hopefully send it into remission, these haven't worked so now and its purely based on funding via the NHS I can have biologicals which should work. Its take a year to get to where I am now in the UK. All the medication I've had/will have is either available via medicare or if not via the PBS so its not unusual for people to have this in Australia. MY question is after the long background is do I have any chance or do I pursue a Medical Negligence claim against the GP in Perth? We love Perth and my partner has a job to come back to, I will probably have to re train because of the economy and the fact that I dont think I would get my old job back now?! Its hard and I struggle mentally with it all as I feel like I've denied my little girl the chance to grow up where she was born, she has duel nationality. Financially its killed us and im not sure how we would afford to get back it very expensive to do once never mind twice. Until we came back to the UK and obviously had something to work with I have felt some kind of relief as I nearly have my life back again now, I'm only 38. I'm not looking for legal advice some so advice on what we do?? We have 4 years left on our Residents return visas...……. Thank you for reading and I'll reply as soon as I can Dan
  10. Hello, I'm the secondary applicant of my wife's 175 visa. I've been diagnosed with ADPKD when I was 13. Blood tests since then have shown my condition has not progressed, which means there's little chance I will develop chronic kidney disease in the future. I'm in contact with my doctor to prepare a report stating the condition, current state and long-term prognosis. I've read a lot about health requirements and I'm aware that conditions like this can cause visa refusal, even if I may never need dialysis. Still, I would like to hear from people who have applied and had ADPKD (or similar conditions), and what was the outcome. I read other threads in this forum that mention polycystic kidney disease, but the outcome was not mentioned. I appreciate any information that may help us in increasing the chances our visa application will be accepted. Thanks in advance, Cheers, Will
  11. vimjay

    PR for Cerebral palsy kid

    10-07-2018 Hi All, I am from India and planning to migrate Australia with PR / 489 Visa with my family. I want to migrate with my family i.e. me (42 yrs), my wife (42 yrs), my two kids (14 yrs and 9 yrs). I am from IT background and going to apply as a developer software / software programmer. My younger son (9 years) is suffering with cerebral palsy. He is physical disable. He can't walk, can't speak meaning full. He has mile stone delay and currently his physiotherapy is going on. My main question is that is he eligible for Visa / PR ? Is there any problem to get VISA ? What type of care should I take to get VISA. Is there any special condition or special process to get such VISA ? If anyone experienced person, please guide me. URGENT. Thanks in advance.
  12. Hi Guys/Girls I’m new to the site and seeking some advice, regarding occupational health and safety jobs, NEBOSH Diploma qualified. I’m currently working in the Middle East as an HSE manager, but in the coming months me and my wife are looking to migrate to OZ for work. I am now starting to panic as my qualification( NEBOSH International Diploma) doesn’t seem to be recognised in Australia, even thou it’s the most recognised professional safety qualification throughout the world and is the equivalent to a degree in the UK. I was wondering if there are any other safety professionals here with the same qualifications that found work in OZ. I’ve just finished the course which has been painful for the last 1 and half years. The thought of having to start all over again by doing a recognised diploma in Australia is making me sick. My wife is also a secondary school English teacher looking for work and again was hoping someone might be to give some advice on her finding work. We were looking at Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or Perth whichever one has the best opportunities. Hope you can help. Mark
  13. Flexy

    Student visa issue

    Hello everyone Had scholarship to study in New Zealand, but my medical examination revealed i had Hepatitis b. I consulted an infectious Dr who run further test and the results were good. Don't know whether to attach the later results to. I'm worried if this could cause my visa to be denied.
  14. Yesterday my oh had day surgery and it made me think about that old chestnut - the "Australian healthcare vs British healthcare" debate. A lot of people (myself included) would say Australian healthcare is better, but that's not a fair statement. The difference has more to do with the culture in both countries, and the difference in the way private health insurance works in each country. My oh had a dark spot on his nose, and it turned out it was a melanoma. He doesn't have health insurance, so the GP offered to refer him to a hospital specialist instead of a private one. He could see the private surgeon next day, but would have to wait for the hospital one. He chose the private surgeon, and a week later, he's been operated on (and it looks as if it's all clear, thankfully). He's now got $6,000 on his credit card, but he thinks it's worth it for peace of mind - and he will get some of it back on Medicare. And that's one of the differences right there. If you choose to bypass NHS waiting lists in the UK by going private, you pay the full price. The NHS doesn't step up and pay you what it would have cost to do it on the NHS. So even for people without health insurance, private health care isn't necessarily out of reach in Australia - and importantly, we all know it isn't. In fact we access it often, without much thought, every time we get referred for a CT scan or a specialist consultation. So you see, when you ask a typical Aussie what healthcare in Australia is like, you're likely to get a rosy picture - because our willingness to use private healthcare means that we're not comparing like with like.

    Medcial grade B and parent as guardian

    Hi, we've just had our medicals emailed to us from knightsbridge doctors, unfortunately they're closed now so can't ask them any questions. could someon on here assist? Question 1 I have a pacemaker I have to visit the every 6mths now as my battery is low (2yrs remaining) it used to be every 12mths, Ihave bradycardia adnd it's controlled well, part of the report below, this and tennis elbow surgery put me as a grade B, should I be worried?? Pace maker in situ since 2009-when diagnosedwith bradycardia for dizzy spells,check upsevery 6 months and no further episodessince insertion of pacemaker. In 2014 heunderwent a laparoscopic fundoplicationfor gastro oesophageal reflux disease.Sincethen asymptomatic and no need for anymedication.See attached letters Question 2 I accidently put my wife down as a guardian to our 12yr old daughter this was picked up by the receptionist at the doctors she said she would change it, which she did but only in 1 place it's now showing the below, any advise? Client Declaration The client stated that they read and understood the department's use of the information they have provided.Name of parent/guardian: CHERYL PEARCE Relationship to the client: Mother (incl. in-law)   Client declaration The client has provided true and correct medical history information. Name of parent/guardian CHERYL PEARCE Relationship to the client Guardian
  16. The Pom Queen

    Australian Health Insurance Changes

    It's been called the biggest health shake-up in decades. So you might be wondering what this means for you as a consumer. Well, that depends on your circumstances, but especially your age. The Government wants to make health insurance more attractive to under-30s, because young people (who don't tend to claim as much) effectively subsidise the payouts to older people (who tend to claim more frequently). So let's see what's in it for you. Under 30, never had health insurance You're the group the Government is targeting with this overhaul. To do that, they've offered discounts if you sign up for a policy. You could save 2 per cent on your premium for every year before you turn 30, capped at a saving of 10 per cent. That means if you decided to take out a policy under these new rules, it could be a lot cheaper than it was before. Rachel David, from Private Healthcare Australia, says this is designed to help people avoid getting into financial trouble through illness or injury. "We know that right now, younger people are struggling with a lot of issues: housing affordability, the costs of education, energy and child care," she said. "One of the biggest financial challenges [young people face] is if they get admitted to hospital unexpectedly. "So we are looking at every way possible, including discounts, to get younger people into the system." The ratings system might also make it easier for you to assess what the best plan is. Health insurance products will be categorised into four levels of cover — Gold, Silver, Bronze and Basic. The Government says this will make it simpler to understand the value you're getting out of your policy. You would also be covered for mental health services even with a basic policy, which at the moment isn't that common, despite the fact that mental health treatment is top of the list when it comes to procedures claimed on private health by men and women under 30. Under 30, have health insurance If you've already got a health insurance policy, now might be a good time to shop around. You may get a better idea of what competitors are offering you with the policy categories. No waiting periods for mental health treatment means that even if your current policy doesn't include cover for mental health services, you should be able to upgrade without a fuss if you need to. It is not yet clear whether those 2 per cent discounts for under-30s would apply to all existing policies, so it would be best to check with your provider about discounts. But you could also benefit from the reduced annual premium increases. Over the past few years, premiums have been rising by 5-6 per cent each year. Next April that should only be about 3 per cent. Over 30, never had health insurance Unfortunately, it's too late for you to take advantage of those sweet, sweet discounts. But you could still take advantage of the ratings system to better assess your options. Is health insurance worth it? If you're about to hit your 30s and you haven't yet got private health insurance, the time to decide is now. The Australian Medical Association's Tony Bartone says this new ratings system is going to make what's generally a really tricky process quite easy. "You'll be able to make proper, informed decisions about the level of cover you want, the extent, and the value of the policy you're choosing," he said. Keep in mind that the longer you wait to take out private health insurance cover, the more expensive it'll be if you do decide later on down the track that you want it. You'll need to pay an extra 2 per cent for each year you didn't have hospital cover over the age of 30. It adds up. By the time you're 40, that's an additional 20 per cent. So yes, the Government really, really wants you to use private health insurance if you can afford it. Over 30, have health insurance Like everyone, you should be able to assess what your other options are a bit more easily thanks to the new ratings system. You could also see reductions for some claims. Things like pacemakers, implanted defibrillators, hips and knees implants will be cheaper under the Government's new rules. Ms David says that's been a massive sore point in the past. "Almost $1 billion has been wasted of health fund members' money on this particular issue." The Government has also promised to ensure the reduced costs of those devices will get passed on to consumers. They're doing that by strengthening the powers of the ombudsman. So, what should you do with this information? If you aren't covered at the moment, use this as a chance to assess whether private health cover would be helpful for you. Make sure you shop around before signing up. Don't forget to consider the Medicare levy surcharge when you're doing those sums. If you don't have private health cover and you're earning more than $90,000 (or $180,000 if you're in a family unit), you're paying this surcharge at tax time. It starts at 1 per cent of your income and rises to 1.5 per cent for the highest earners. So if you're single and your taxable income is $90,000, that's an extra $900 that you have to pay in tax. You don't have to pay it if you've got private cover. So it's probably worth doing the sums to see what works best for you. You can use the ATO's income tax estimator to see if you need to pay the Medicare levy surcharge (and it will also tell you how much it comes to). If you've already got cover, take a look at your current policy and find out whether it's changing. If you think you're getting a rough deal, see what else is out there.
  17. Hello, This is my very first topic and I hope to receive some info that can put my mind at ease. We are a family of 4 (2 kids) and are working on a migration plan to Adelaide, SA under the sub class via 489 which does not give similar benefits of a 189 or 190 visa category, i.e. education and health benefits. My question's and concerns are: - How expensive would schooling and health cover be? - Can I enroll my children in a public school or does it only have to be a private school? - What would the health coverage or insurance take care of, only doctors consultations and or medications? Any additional info that you feel can be of help would be appreciated. Thank you.
  18. RFHLFC1984

    Medical Treatment

    I have the opportunity to move to Australia with work and was wondering what the situation is with medical treatment. For example if I need to see a GP or am admitted to hospital etc. Obviously in the UK this is free under the NHS but what is the deal in Australia please?
  19. Jennilane1

    Visa with multiple sclerosis

    Hi all just looking for some guidance myself and my partner and our 2 boys aged 4 and 1 are really interested in immigrating to australia but im 33 and have had a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis for 8 years i am a registered nurse working part time and in reasonable health walk unaided etc. My partner is a joiner/carpenter of 15 years plus but unsure if we would get in because of my health we have been told that applying through my partner would be best but not sure how true this is dont want to spend a fortune on a visa to get rejected many thanks jenni x
  20. Hello, hope someone can help... My wife has a job offer in Oz, with a sponsored visa being paid for by the employer to get us there as quickly as possible. Should we apply for a skilled migration visa alongside this too so we can get access to childcare, healthcare, etc? Or is this the same on both types of visa? We also want to start our progression to citizenship and ultimately get our Aussie passports asap, so should we get the skilled visa to get that process going? Also have a query on health - I've been diagnosed with cortical dispalsia (a cluster of neurons in the brain in the wrong place) I have no symptoms at all, prognosis is i'll never have any, so I'm not ill and don't need treatment - this was found by chance in a scan for something else... will this effect our visas?... Thanks in advance folks!
  21. bungeeman

    Form 815 Health Undertaking

    Hi everyone. Verity and I are now in the final stages ofour application with police checks and medicals completed an sent off. From our CO we have now received form 815 Health Undertaking She has been asked to sign it and send it back but we just wanted to know what it was all about. Reading through it, it states that upon arrival in oz we must contact the Health Undertaking Service within 7 days. Looking through the form it does seem to focus a lot on tuberculosis which verity does not have. It does mention "or other health conditions of concern"- welll verity has a prolactinoma (a small growth on her Pituitary gland)- so assume it could be for this? Although to us it is not a concern as all it essentially means is she has a hormone imbalance whereby her would body produce breast milk - even when not pregnant- but this is controlled by a weekly tablet. Has anyone else had this before? Thanks Ben
  22. dagefo

    Is Medicare sufficient enough?

    My wife and I will soon be heading to Perth on a 457 visa. I've understood and the jiggling with only being able to get Medicare through the reciprocal agreement once we arrive. But my question is "is medicare sufficient enough?" We are both generally healthy people, both turning 30 this year, no kids. I don't expect to require a doctor often and only in an emergency / sudden illness. So is medicare enough when compared to this kind of service through the NHS? I should point out we will be taking out additional ambulance only cover though! Don't want to get caught out with that one! Private medical insurance seems to be very expensive when on a 457 visa and if the reciprocal agreement covers pretty much all the we would need I don't see the need to shell out hundreds of dollars each month for it. Any advice would be most welcomed Thanks!! :-)
  23. Hi there, I'm a British Citizen from the UK moving to Oz to work as a doctor in August. I'm applying via the 457 visa and have all my sponsorship and nomination approved just need to complete the personal visa. It is a requirement of the 457 visa to have adequate health insurance upon application. Australia has a reciprocal health agreement with the UK in which I would be eligible to apply for a medicare number. This can only be done once in Oz. The Australian immigration website states: "If you are overseas, you must arrange adequate insurance for your initial period in Australia and provide evidence of this insurance as part of your application. You may be eligible to then enrol with Medicare once you are in Australia. Being enrolled with Medicare is sufficient to comply with visa condition 8501." My question is: Would health insurance for 1 month qualify as adequate insurance for my initial period in Oz prior to enrolling with Medicare? If not then what is a reasonable period of time? Is there any level of cover that must be met? Any recommendations or advice would be really appreciated! Thanks JK
  24. spangley

    Do you get sick less often in Oz?

    It's that time of year here in Northern Europe. Colds, coughs, aches and pains. I'm thoroughly fed up of feeling sick here in the winter. Does anyone find living in Oz cuts the instances you catch colds and nasties?