Our 176 Visa was approved two weeks ago and we still haven't come to terms with it. I had a heart operation about 3 years ago and didn't think for one minute that I'd actually pass the medical - it just shows, if you don't try you'll never know! Personally, I think they are mainly concerned with transmittable diseases, whereas treated and managed conditions are less/no concern.
The Murphys comprise me and my wife, Sue (both 40) and our two kids, Abigail and Christopher (6 next week and 3).
We visited Adelaide as part of a whirlwind tour in October 2009, but didn't see enough to know where we want to live. Hence I'm only just starting the long process of looking into the options.
I expect I'll be posting a few questions over the coming months, and will appreciate all and any advice.
For the moment, some immediate advice for anyone just starting the process. Think carefully before committing to using a migration agent. If you're the kind of person that really doesn't like forms or process then by all means use an agent; however, I didn't use an agent and found the whole process to be manageable. The state sponsorship application was probably the most challenging aspect (but still relatively straightforward) and the electronic visa application to DIAC only takes a couple of hours to fill in. DIAC now allows you to upload scanned copies of your documents - I didn't need to post anything to them. Everything you need to know is on the DIAC website. I therefore feel that if you are confident that you are a straightforward case then just go for it and save the money for your new life in Oz.