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Hi all,

 

I have applied for a 457 visa and have been asked to have a medical because I have Crohn's disease. Fingers crossed it should be fine but I was wondering what sort of questions they might ask and if there is anything I can take with me that will help my case. I do have a very recent letter from my specialist nurse stating my diagnosis and medication, and commenting that I am well at the moment.

 

I never realsied quite how frustrating all this was going to be! It doesn't help that I am also being made redundant at the moment and half way through selling our flat!:eek:

 

Any suggestions would be gratefully received!

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The Australian Medical Officers of the Commonwealth will make the judgement on whether or not you pass the medical. They are interested in what the costs are likely to be for the community over the next five or more years. You could help yourself by getting a letter from your specialist explaining what the prognosis is for the next five years and the expected costs over that time period for a patient like you.

 

Best of luck.


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Hmmm, unfortunately I'm not sure I've got time to request anything like that from my consultant. It's hard enough getting an appointment! Oh well, it's not an uncommon condition. I'll just have to do my best to explain and hope they make the best decision (in my favour obviously:unsure:)

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It would still be worth asking for a letter from your consultant now just in case the MOC asks for one when they come to review your case - you don't want to delay things further down the line if it can be avoided. I spoke to my consultant's secretary and she was great at badgering him to do it!

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Guest Jen257

Hi,

 

I am dreading my medical.. I have Polycystic Kidney Disease, of which I have no current symptoms, and may not get any in the next ten years! I have even been so good, that the hospital have signed me over to the GP, so I dont even have a consultant anymore.

 

It might be a good idea if my GP writes a letter, but it might not carry enough weight.

 

Like you, I think luck will be the only thing that will get me thru.

 

Good luck to you!

 

Jen

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Hi,

 

I am dreading my medical.. I have Polycystic Kidney Disease, of which I have no current symptoms, and may not get any in the next ten years! I have even been so good, that the hospital have signed me over to the GP, so I dont even have a consultant anymore.

 

It might be a good idea if my GP writes a letter, but it might not carry enough weight.

 

Like you, I think luck will be the only thing that will get me thru.

 

Good luck to you!

 

Jen

Luck helps - letters from GPs help more, and letters from consultants carry most weight. The Medical Officers of the Commonwealth are GPs themselves, so they are more likely to be persuaded by expert opinion. You can get letters from private consultants and although they are expensive, they are a drop in the ocean compared to the overall costs of emigration. The letters should say how much the likely cost will be over the next five or more years and say what the prognosis is. If the prognosis is uncertain, then it would help to have it in percentage terms. If you have a letter from a GP, it should say that the condition was diagnosed by the consultant but is being treated by the GP because it is not serious enough to warrant specialist treatment. It should also talk about costs. It would be massively advantageous to have this ready drafted and sent off to Australia House with the medical form. That way, the MOCs can consider it when they make their decision - it's far harder and way more stressful to get a change of decision once it has been made.


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Luck helps - letters from GPs help more, and letters from consultants carry most weight. The Medical Officers of the Commonwealth are GPs themselves, so they are more likely to be persuaded by expert opinion. You can get letters from private consultants and although they are expensive, they are a drop in the ocean compared to the overall costs of emigration. The letters should say how much the likely cost will be over the next five or more years and say what the prognosis is. If the prognosis is uncertain, then it would help to have it in percentage terms. If you have a letter from a GP, it should say that the condition was diagnosed by the consultant but is being treated by the GP because it is not serious enough to warrant specialist treatment. It should also talk about costs. It would be massively advantageous to have this ready drafted and sent off to Australia House with the medical form. That way, the MOCs can consider it when they make their decision - it's far harder and way more stressful to get a change of decision once it has been made.

 

Thanks, I just rang my GP, he wont do a letter unless the MOC requests it. Bugger!

 

Jen x

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Good luck Jen. I hope your medical goes off without too much stress. Mine is Friday so I will just have to take all the documents that I have. I've been well for a good 18 months now and there is no reason why that won't continue. I'll let you know after I've had the medical.

 

Jo

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Good luck to you too. Its the scary bit... I am dreading mine. If I scupper my family's chances, Ill be gutted.

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Thanks, I just rang my GP, he wont do a letter unless the MOC requests it. Bugger!

 

Jen x

Well, if your consultant signed you over to the GP then at least there should be a letter from the consultant on your medical record (held by the GP) to say so. You are entitled to ask for copies of some or all of your medical record - it would be useful for you to get this documentation and get your panel doctor to send it in. You don't need to speak to the GP about it - you should be able to do it all by talking sweetly to the receptionist. Explaining why you need it (and why you need it so soon) might help.

 

Good luck.


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Hi all,

 

I have applied for a 457 visa and have been asked to have a medical because I have Crohn's disease. Fingers crossed it should be fine but I was wondering what sort of questions they might ask and if there is anything I can take with me that will help my case. I do have a very recent letter from my specialist nurse stating my diagnosis and medication, and commenting that I am well at the moment.

 

I never realsied quite how frustrating all this was going to be! It doesn't help that I am also being made redundant at the moment and half way through selling our flat!:eek:

 

Any suggestions would be gratefully received!

Hi panicstation,

 

When my husband (who has ulcerative colitis) had his medical done for a spouse visa application, I think all he was asked was what medication he was taking for it and then the doctor told him he would most likely need to get a specialist report (which he did end up having to do). If you have a letter already then it won't hurt to take that with you to your medical but you may also be asked for a specialist's report by your case officer further down the track.

 

best of luck!

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Well, had the medical yesterday and GGggrrrr... guess what, I've been told to go and get a letter from my consultant detailing my condition and prognosis! If it's standard practice to tell you to do this why not say that you must have this sort of documentation ready for the medical....it's just more time to waste and much more stress. I burst into tears on someone at work on Thursday because I've now managed to convince myself that I'll fail the medical and that's it, we aren't going! :cry: Luckily I have a husband who is an eternal optimist so I think we just about balance out.

 

Well, fingers crossed I'll get the info quickly, I wrote a grovelling letter to go with the forms from the medical centre and if it means the consultant gets me of his books.....I've asked him to mention the word 'remission' at least 72 times and then once more at the end for luck!

 

Good luck to anyone else getting theirs done in the near future

xxx

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Hiya jo

 

Hope my message put your mind at rest. Good luck and let us knw how you got on.

Take care and best of luck.

Matt

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Well, fingers crossed I'll get the info quickly, I wrote a grovelling letter to go with the forms from the medical centre and if it means the consultant gets me of his books.....I've asked him to mention the word 'remission' at least 72 times and then once more at the end for luck!

Good luck with the letter. You would do well to get a letter which is clear about the likely costs to the community of someone like you, with your condition, in a similar state over the next five or more years. That's all the MOCs care about.


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FINALLY managed to get a letter from my consultant - it took 2 solid weeks of hassle...he's far tooo busy was the reason....so I went via my fab specialist nurse who must have said something because it was ready and waiting we we rang today!! Anyway, the extra info has been scanned and emailed to the medical centre and we'll hopefully be back on track pretty soon. Feeling a tad more optimistic today so fingers and toes crossed for a speedy decision!

 

xxx

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Good luck to you - I'm sure it will be fine...UC is no problem to the DIAC!!!!!

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Hi panicstation,

 

i think it depends on case to case basis. I have applied for GSM 175 , i have active Crohn disease .In my medical ,i took normal check up report from my house doctor that clearly state that i have active crohn disease and what medicine i take...but my medical got finalised and visa granted within 14 days of medicals...so crohn is not at all a problem with DIAC...

 

good luck to you

 

rgds

manish

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Hi panicstation,

 

i think it depends on case to case basis. I have applied for GSM 175 , i have active Crohn disease .In my medical ,i took normal check up report from my house doctor that clearly state that i have active crohn disease and what medicine i take...but my medical got finalised and visa granted within 14 days of medicals...so crohn is not at all a problem with DIAC...

 

good luck to you

 

rgds

manish

 

I WISH Crohn's was not at all problem with DIAC! Unfortunately it's not always the case. My husband's spouse visa was refused because of IBD and DIAC would not give us a waiver. I have yet to find out the exact reasons but believe it's because he was on infliximab/remicade at the time his medical was done. So it really is all about what the MOC decides will be the cost of a person's condition to Australian taxpayers rather than a blanket "this condition is OK, this one is not" - some medications for IBD are on the expensive side, so can result in a visa refusal. Just wanted to clarify!

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Hi all,

 

I have applied for a 457 visa and have been asked to have a medical because I have Crohn's disease. Fingers crossed it should be fine but I was wondering what sort of questions they might ask and if there is anything I can take with me that will help my case. I do have a very recent letter from my specialist nurse stating my diagnosis and medication, and commenting that I am well at the moment.

 

I never realsied quite how frustrating all this was going to be! It doesn't help that I am also being made redundant at the moment and half way through selling our flat!:eek:

 

Any suggestions would be gratefully received!

 

 

Hi Im in a similar position to yourself. I have crohns disease and have just been for my medical today. I am just curious to find out that you got your visa ok?

 

I'm getting abit worried that I won't get my visa even thought crohn's hasn't bothered me for over 4 years.

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Hi Im in a similar position to yourself. I have crohns disease and have just been for my medical today. I am just curious to find out that you got your visa ok?

 

I'm getting abit worried that I won't get my visa even thought crohn's hasn't bothered me for over 4 years.

 

Just wanted to say hi and welcome to pomsinoz. How did you go with your medical?

Kate:wubclub:


If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.

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I toooo am worrying myself sick about our medical we've got coming up. Back in 2003 I suffered from depression and cos I had private health cover paid by work I had a nice break in the priory, don't think I needed it but as I wasn't paying for it went anyway.... I am now worrying myself silly that we will get turned down because of it. I'm not on any medication but do have the odd bad day, but having been on this crazy rollercoaster ride for nearly 2 years hasn't helped!

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Hi All,

 

Does anyone have any updates in regards to their medicals?

 

I have both Crohn's and Polycystic Kidney's and have just found out I failed the medical for an ENS 856. I am in remission for Crohn's.

 

My case has been forwarded to another case officer who is an "expert" in these cases but she is on leave until 25th Jan.

 

Hopefully all of us will be OK and they will let us pass.

 

Richard

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Rich - I feel for you. I know that when things go wring you want it sorted immediately. It is almost mind-breaking to hear that the person who might be able to help you is on leave. Please be strong. A fortnight right now feels like for ever but there will be an end to it and afterwards everything will fall back into perspective.


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Guest colsha7

hi,

i was wondering if you all passed your meds????my husband, who will be the main applicant, has pkd. and i am soooooo scared he wont pass the meds. if anyone has experience with this please let me know....might even put my mind at rest;)

 

thanks. sharon.xx

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Sorry nothing to do with the medical or letter you need, but have you tried going off all gluten on your diet, you will see it could make a big difference to your life, I have a friend who did it and she has never felt better!! Good luck with your medicals

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