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Worried about passing Medicals! Advice please!!

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Hello,this is my first post and hoping for some guidance please.

I am applying for a 176 family sponsored visa and were almost there Medicals booked for Monday and Police checks in the post.

My worry is that my wife has quite severe Asthma and although well enough now it has been Very bad in the past.

The drug that controls her Asthma (very well) looks to be on the borders of what australia would class as significant expense. approx $4500 per year. We are confident that my wife will not need this once in Oz and I am prepared to pay for this myself if she did.

Will this still prevent my wife from passing and is there anything I can do or say to diac to help our case.

We always new this would b an issue but now were close I am flapping!

Also what can the family who are sponsoring us do to help?

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Controlled asthma is not usually considered a big issue with meds...


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Hi,

 

I had my medical done quite recently so i've been reading various threads - do a search as there's lots of info on the forum.

 

Some PIO members with pre-existing conditions have ensured they provided as much info as possible when attending their medical - i.e. specialist reports, letters from doctors outlining treatment to date, current status and future prognosis, pass x-rays where applicable.

 

Your wife should provide as much info as possible and hopefully that helps.

 

K

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I wouldn't worry about it, answer the questions they ask (honestly) and do not volunteer information. They will ask you what medications are being taken at the moment which is submitted to the Diac for a decision. If there is a problem further information or medicals will be requested and then is the time to make a case if required.


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Hi, we recently took our medicals for Australia and were also really concerned about our chancing of passing the medicals due to our daughter being diagnosed with leukaemia 5 years ago. We took with us a letter from her consultant who stated that her long term prognosis was excellent but he did mention that she would require check ups and a heart scan every 3 years.

After submitting our medicals I could see via the DIAC tracking system that my daughters medical had been refered to the MoC but 3 days later we were issued with our visa's.

 

I know our situations are not exactly the same but i would imagine that as you are able to prove that the medical condition is under control you will be fine.

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I would suggest you get a letter from your Doctor stating that the Asthma is controlled ad should not cause any problems. I think you will find that you have no real problems. I have a heart condition requiring lifelong medication and I got in :wink:

 

Just for information, drugs such as Ventolin (salbutamol) inhalers are available over the counter at the chemist for around $6

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I would suggest you get a letter from your Doctor stating that the Asthma is controlled ad should not cause any problems. I think you will find that you have no real problems. I have a heart condition requiring lifelong medication and I got in :wink:

 

Just for information, drugs such as Ventolin (salbutamol) inhalers are available over the counter at the chemist for around $6

 

Thanks for the info, I was going to ask about the price of Ventolin some time in the future! Its also one for the Rip of Australia thread brigade $6 for ventolin makes Australia cheaper then the UK where you are paying £7+ per item on a prescription.


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Can I ask what meds she is on. I think the main question you will be asked is if and when your wife was last hospitalised with an attack, now this isn't a trip to A and E but more of an overnight stay. If she has it under control how long as she gone without an attack.


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Thanks for the info, I was going to ask about the price of Ventolin some time in the future! Its also one for the Rip of Australia thread brigade $6 for ventolin makes Australia cheaper then the UK where you are paying £7+ per item on a prescription.

 

This is the chemist warehouse site, http://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/searchresults.asp?searchsection=products&terms=ventolin&stype=NP&expand=9 they are a discount chemist but will give you an idea of prices...

 

They also do mail order even for prescriptions, You order medication and once confirmed you post off your prescription and they dispatch medication once they have prescription.

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I have lung problems the most I have had to pay is for breathing apparatus (that was quite a few hundred) but meds taken in our house are:

Predisone is $10.13 for 25mg x 30

Seretide is $78.67

Ventolin is $16.42


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If it is controlled, you should be ok. My brother moved over her 3 yrs ago at the age of 46, and has suffered asthma all his life. He found a doctor who recommended different sprays to what he was on ( ie ventolin, becotide) but they did a better job so he says. He now finds he rarely uses anything, so here's hoping the move to Australia really does improve your wife's health :))

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I have lung problems the most I have had to pay is for breathing apparatus (that was quite a few hundred) but meds taken in our house are:

Predisone is $10.13 for 25mg x 30

Seretide is $78.67

Ventolin is $16.42

 

I have just checked all the meds I take with the website SRP has posted and I can say I will probably save 40% of my monthly fees by using them. So please use the link to price up the meds.


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Actually, asthma and hayfever (rhinitis) are relatively common in parts of Australia (Melbourne especially) due to the pollen...and most anti-histamines and low-strength steroid sprays such as rhinocort (half-strength) are available OTC from chemists. Be aware though that inhalers such as budesonide or its combinations with eformoterol, or salbutamol are prescription-only medications.

 

Because of the prevalence of hayfever and asthma in parts of australia, most nasal corticosteroidal sprays and anti-histamines are not covered under the Medicare pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS). Any medication that is not covered by the PBS is sold at full price, with the consumer out of pocket for the entire cost.

 

I think the most conclusive information is in this file, which contains instructions for panel doctors.

 

Quote from page 44:

"42.2 When is a condition or finding not significant?

A condition or finding is not significant if it does not have current or future implications for the applicant’s health. Minor past surgery, incidental anatomical variations, trivial medical conditions, and previous illnesses with no ongoing implications are not significant. Routine medications taken for uncomplicated disorders of mild severity (for example, Ventolin for mild asthma) are not significant."

 

Quote from page 58:

"Any condition which does not impact on functional capacity or long-term prognosis can be graded A in all instances. Such conditions include: Medical findings:

•Acne

•Allergic rhinitis

Asthma (controlled)"

 

Ofcourse you should answer all questions asked by the panel doctor, and if he asks you, disclose any medication you are on.


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for what its worth my wife has asthma, quite bad in the uk, but since moving here in Dec she has not used her inhalers once! and she has had (touch wood) no symptoms.


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Thanks for all the help, Its been about 8 years since my wife was admitted overnight for her Asthma. I think the problem lies with the Drug Xolair she takes to control her allergies that can set off her Asthma.(sorry I wasnt very clear) In the UK it is expensive. We really think she could manage without due tour previous experience but itsif the Panel Doctor sees it the same way as we do!

I am going to check the medi website now and my wife has already requested a letter from her specialist outlining her Asthma and Madication.

 

Thanks again!

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Thanks for all the help, Its been about 8 years since my wife was admitted overnight for her Asthma. I think the problem lies with the Drug Xolair she takes to control her allergies that can set off her Asthma.(sorry I wasnt very clear) In the UK it is expensive. We really think she could manage without due tour previous experience but itsif the Panel Doctor sees it the same way as we do!

I am going to check the medi website now and my wife has already requested a letter from her specialist outlining her Asthma and Madication.

 

Thanks again!

To be honest I think you will be fine, I know there are no guarantees in this world and I'm not an expert but from what you have said I don't think you need to worry. Please can you update us to how you go as I'm sure other members will worry about this in the future


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I will post again after the Meds and let you all know how it went. Fingers, Toes etc.. al crossed!

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I will post again after the Meds and let you all know how it went. Fingers, Toes etc.. al crossed!

Will be thinking about you, but honestly please don't get too worked up about it and please reassure your wife, I was so worried of failing my medical (not for lung issues but something that DIAC can frown upon) and I was so upset I was going to spoil the families chance of a new life, but it all worked out fine and I look back now and think why on earth did I get so worked up.


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Will be thinking about you, but honestly please don't get too worked up about it and please reassure your wife, I was so worried of failing my medical (not for lung issues but something that DIAC can frown upon) and I was so upset I was going to spoil the families chance of a new life, but it all worked out fine and I look back now and think why on earth did I get so worked up.

Hi, well my family went for our medicals this morning.We attended the Bridgewater Hospital in Manchester and the service was superb.We took the advise given and went with a letter from my wifes specialist and as it looks at the moment he could not see any significant problems though he did say he doesnt make the final decision.

Hopefully it looks like I was worrying over nothing.

The e-health system was down today but as soon as I hear if we passed or not I will repost.

 

The meds for all 3 of us took less than 2 hours including bloods and x-rays.

The medical was far briefer than I expected and nothing out of the ordinary.The doctor even commented that it is not really your past medical history but the future prognosis that they are interested in.

 

Thank you to everyone who replied to the original post all your comments really helped.

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Will be thinking about you, but honestly please don't get too worked up about it and please reassure your wife, I was so worried of failing my medical (not for lung issues but something that DIAC can frown upon) and I was so upset I was going to spoil the families chance of a new life, but it all worked out fine and I look back now and think why on earth did I get so worked up.

Update on meds, My status says Received, My sons says Meds finalised but my Wifes says Referred....another waiting game!

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Will be thinking about you, but honestly please don't get too worked up about it and please reassure your wife, I was so worried of failing my medical (not for lung issues but something that DIAC can frown upon) and I was so upset I was going to spoil the families chance of a new life, but it all worked out fine and I look back now and think why on earth did I get so worked up.
Another update! All status show medicals as finalised (although my wifes still say referred as well) hopefully this means we have all passed. Will hopefully hear from CO soon.:angel_happy_face_ha

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Finalised is just that next step visa grant!

 

 

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Another update! All status show medicals as finalised (although my wifes still say referred as well) hopefully this means we have all passed. Will hopefully hear from CO soon.:angel_happy_face_ha

Fingers still tightly crossed, I'm sure it will all be fine x


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Fingers still tightly crossed, I'm sure it will all be fine x

 

Hi all, Visa Approved this morning!!!!!!:biggrin: I dont need to say how happy I am. House is up for sale already just need to calm down and start planning!!

Any tips on what to do next appreciated.:eek:

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