|Are you 'healthy' enough to migrate?|
|Do you have an eye for detail? You'll need it.|
- Referral Letter with unique HAP ID
- Any medical reports/X-rays done recently or any medical documents you deem relevant/have been declared in your medical declaration
P.S. Refer to S's post on hyperthyroidism to understand the importance of taking medicine for any chronic illnesses regularly, as well as the importance of bringing along all documentation and test results for your illness..
After that, we had to move from room to room for various tests to be conducted by the staff. We got a receipt cum checklist of all the tests we had to complete, so we went around from 'station' to 'station'. These 'stations' are:
- eyesight and colour blindness test
- height and weight
- urine test
- HIV blood test
- Chest X-ray
- Medical Exam by doctor for everything else
All in all, the whole thing was completed for both of us in about an hour. Pretty efficient of the staff I should say!
It is best to complete the medical exam station last because you will need to pass your completed checklist to the doctor in person before you leave the clinic. The doctor will wait for the results of the X-ray and HIV test to be completed before submitting all the results to Australia Immigration online (via their eHealth system).
- be HIV positive
- have Tuberculosis presently (history of cured TB is questionable)
- require very expensive, ongoing healthcare
- have any other serious (chronic) illnesses which will require very costly surgery/medical treatment etc
You can bring your original documents / medical reports to the clinic and show the panel physician on the day of your medical exam. If he/she deems that your documents are still valid, the doctor will take them and upload the documents accordingly. You will still need to pay a basic fee for the consultation though.
Each applicant attending the medical exam will be given a grade by the panel doctor. There are only 2 grades, 'A' or 'B', based on the outcome of the medical exam and medical history. 'A' means that you are of good health and you have no significant medical conditions. 'B' means that your doctor thinks you may have a significant medical condition which will require referral to the MOC in Australia. You can ask your doctor for your medical grade before you leave the clinic.
Typically, those with 'A' grade for medical will be 'auto-cleared' and be taken as having passed the health requirement, except for a 'lucky' few who may still be referred to the MOC for quality control. Those with 'B' grade will be referred to the MOC. If you are still in doubt, this link provides very comprehensive information on the medical and radiological examinations as well as the grading outcomes.
It could be anywhere between a few weeks to several months it seems. No one knows for sure and it really depends on what the medical condition is. What is certain is that any referred medical (for any applicant) means a definite delay in the processing of the visa, as your case officer will need to wait for the referred medical to be finalized/cleared before the visa can be granted.
Update from S: In my case as linked earlier, the resultant delay was three weeks, with no further medical reviews or tests requested by the MOC. Still, it really depends on a case-by-case basis. I had gone for blood tests with my specialist (working diligently to get the results back to relatively normal specs) in anticipation of having to provide documentation to show that my condition was under control. This would be a good damage control action to take, rather than just assuming the best case scenario - which was what just happened to occur for us.
|Referred medical = tang ku ku (wait long long)...|
A lot of information that I have provided here is based on my own research - therefore you may want to do your own research to find answers to your unique question(s). There are tons of people (literally thousands) applying for visas to Australia and all permanent visas require applicants to fulfill the health requirement. Therefore it is likely that someone, somewhere out there is facing a similar issue. Google is your best friend! Otherwise, feel free to drop a comment/question below!
In the meantime, as long as your Case Officer has called for it, you can apply for the CoC as detailed in Chapter 8, even with an outstanding medical referral like S had.