Ongoing medical condition
Has anyone here applied for a Visa with an ongoing medical condition? How does the medical work and would I be penalised for being on treatment over here???
It very much depends on the nature of the condition. If it is something like asthma, then a letter from your GP confirming the medication you take, and how frequently and stating that it is well conditioned will be sufficient to take with you to your medical.
However, if a consultant is involved due to the nature of your condition, then you need a letter from them stating the above.
All letters should indicate what the prognosis is for your condition over the next 10 years, I think that is what our migration agent told me. Basically, they want to know how much you are going to cost the Aussie medical system. If it is likely to be a lot in a short period of time, then it isn't going to look good.
My condition was monitored and dealt with on a day to day basis by my GP with a visit or a phone call from the consultant every couple of years or so. When I needed to get a letter for the medicals from him though, I discovered he had retired 6 months earlier. So I asked the GP to photocopy all the letters sent between the GP and the consultant to see if this was acceptable. And it was fine. He also wrote a letter referring to the medication I was taking, what it was for, how long and what the likelihood of it changing was and the reasons for that. My GP was bl**dy fantastic, I miss him!!!
Last edited by Libby1971; 26-10-2008 at 07:10 AM.
Reason: spelling as in I can't type!!!
Hi Libby, both my husband and myself are in excellent good health, apart from me having reflux oesophagitis for which i take a daily ant-acid tablet, this has no effect on me working or my health. I wondered if you could enlighten me though as to how things in the past are looked at. In 2001 i had a disc out of my back and i have had no problems at all since, no time off work, no pain, nothing for 7 years. Also my husband has been assaulted a few times at work and had several tissue injuries like damage to his ribs, back shoulders and neck, all of which were temporary and he has no lasting effects. You see they will be on our records and i assume the Doctor at the medical will want to see them, or will he? We have no illnesses like heart problems, diabetes, blood pressure, etc, we are A1 fit. Could you give us an insight, if you know, just what the medicals are about and how in depth they are, thanks for your time and help, helen.
I think it is important to remember that docs know better than anyone that accidents happen. To expect you to have perfect health all your life is just not going to happen. The docs ask that you make them aware of any condition or long term illness you have or surgery that has taken place. Now some people might say that a sumarised version of your health is good, others might say be fully open is better.
Our agent recommended being totally honest. If necessary, we could always appeal on the grounds that we were able to show that my conditions did not interfere with my profession. Most medicals are based on the information you provide and the reports/ documentation you take plus the medical results. However, more in depth enquiries are made at random to ensure the accuracy of the medicals.
If I can pass, and I did, truly anyone can. The only thing that is normal about this body is that I can walk upright with good blood pressure. ;)
Take care and good luck,
Im glad that someone has bought this up as i have been worrying myself silly over it. I am diabetic, I dont take any medication for it, as my blood suger control is very good, so its all done with diet. However as a side effect of the diabetes i have high cholestrol, which is controlled with medication.
In every other respect i am fit and healthy, not overweight, run every day, eat healthily, only drink in moderation(ish), but i am so worried that we will fail to get the visa because of ME!!!
We are going on a 175 skilled (hopefully) as o/h is a brickie, so all the hard work is in his court, but i am convinced that he will sail through everything, spend a small fortune, and then i will blow it all for us at the medical.
Our agent assures me that as long as its all under control, it shouldnt be a problem, but its still a worry.
Oh and to top it all off, every time i go near a dr, my blood pressure shoots up!!, my own dr is aware of this and just has me moniter it at home for 2 weeks before an appointment, but will i fail because i get so nervous?
Sorry to hijack your thread queenb, but its been worrying me for a while
You will not fail the the medicals because of high cholesterol. If I remember right the target cholesterol levels for people with diabeties iin Adelaide are higher than the UK diabetes recommendations. UK diabetes targets tend to be lower than the rest of the world, because UK leads the world in diabetes research.
If I was you I see your practice nurse or GP and ask for a blood test for fasting cholesterol, (fasting level cholesterol will be lower than a random blood test). HDL,LDL also U&E, LFT,TFT, HbA1C and FBC prior to going to the medical. You also need to have the results of these tests available before your medical.
Also if your partner has high blood pressure due to nerves than this means your will need a test to disprove these abnormal readings.So if I was you I would vist your local GP and ask for a 24 hour blood pressure monitoring, due to the abnormal reading and due to you impending medical. This can be done at your GPs but some doctors will refer you to an outpatient clinic for monitoring. Failure to have documented normal BP readings at your medical would mean the medical officer would ask you to see a specialist to have 24 hour BP monitoring and possibly blood tests.
So this will not only delay your visa it will also cost you more money tto see a specialist to get the BP evidence.
I have this problem too - white coat hypertension.
Had a 24 hour monitor on at home 3 times now, perfectly normal but when I see a Dr I panic and my blood pressure is through the roof! This is my worry about getting into Aus, i think this could be my downfall :(
However, going to see a cardiologist in 3 weeks to hopefully get a report saying Im fine. Had an ECG, blood test, uring test, Dr has listened to my heart etc and im all ok. So fingers crossed.
I hope they're not too strict otherwise im stuffed :( xxx
Its worrying isnt it? i didnt realise it actually had a name, just thought i was a bit strange!
Thanks Lynn, Its more or less what my agent said, but its just been nagging away at me for a while, sometimes having an independant opinion is that much more important. Its nice to be able to put my mind at rest. Right what shall i worry about now?........................................