Medical question regarding prescriptions

Go Back   Living and Working in Australia Forum With Immigration and Travel Information > Living in Australia > Cost Of Living

Cost Of Living Please use this section of the site to discuss anything to do with the cost of living in Australia. Feel free to post cost of living queries. If you have any current information on actual figures to do with the cost of rent, food, water, electricity, gas etc then it would be really helpful to our members if you could share the information here.

Medical question regarding prescriptions


Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 05-22-2017, 06:39 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 2
Users Flag! From netherlands

Medical question regarding prescriptions

Hi all,

Sorry, I don't know if this is in the right place since I can''t find a medical section in the forums. I have a question regarding medical care but before I continue I would just like to say please try not to judge. I am already ashamed of my past and no one is harder on me than myself.

I am from the Netherlands and my doctor prescribes Methadone for me. I was previously in a clinic but because I have progressed so well I have been getting prescriptions from my regular doctor for 3 months at a time. My partner is from Queensland and we would like to move there together on a partner visa. The only trouble is I don't know how Methadone works in Australia. I know some people will say you should get off it before you come, but I think Australia is a much better environment for me to continue tapering off this horrible medicine since it's so warm and I find it a healthier place in general. Could anyone advise me on how it works over there? the cost? etc..

Sorry this is a bit long and thanks in advance

Best Regards


  #2 (permalink)  
Old 05-24-2017, 07:24 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Ireland
Posts: 814
Users Flag! From australia

170 likes received
211 likes given
I have no personal experience, but I know I have seen people getting a dose of it in pharmacies. I'm not sure how it works though. I left Australia 9 years ago but at that time you could get a prescription for it from a doctor, but from what I could see it is very tightly regulated and I think (but don't quote me on this) you have to take it in a small dose at the pharmacy in person. You can't take it away home with you. That is my assumption just from seeing people come to the pharmacy to fill their prescription and then drinking the liquid on the spot. But then maybe they were just in a rush to take it because of the withdrawal and they couldn't wait? I don't know to be honest. Hopefully someone else will come along and help you. Good for you by the way for getting yourself sorted out and trying to wean yourself off. As you said it might be best to try to wean yourself off before you come. It will also look better on your application as regards to character if you were not on methadone.

Have you actually applied for the visa? If not, my suggestion is to maybe contact a registered migration agent (there are several very good ones on this forum - Mark Northam, CCMS, Jeremy Hooper, wrussell) for a consultation - I think they charge about $150 or so, but it might be worth it before you shell out the big bucks for the partner visa only to find out your history is going to cause you problems, either the character side or the medical. Worth it for the peace of mind I'd say.


  #3 (permalink)  
Old 05-30-2017, 11:44 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 2
Users Flag! From netherlands

Thanks so much for your reply. I haven't applied yet so I'm glad I asked before I did. I didn't know it could possibly affect my chances of getting the visa. Seems stupid that I didn't think that. I know the stigma that is attached to methadone so of course they are probably going to frown upon it. Thanks for your advice I will see about getting in touch with one of the people you mentioned.


Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 06-09-2017, 04:15 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 61
Users Flag! From usa

16 likes received
1 likes given
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tuttle View Post
Thanks so much for your reply. I haven't applied yet so I'm glad I asked before I did. I didn't know it could possibly affect my chances of getting the visa. Seems stupid that I didn't think that. I know the stigma that is attached to methadone so of course they are probably going to frown upon it. Thanks for your advice I will see about getting in touch with one of the people you mentioned.
I'm a pharmacist in Victoria and the laws in NSW are not entirely the same but i don't expect it to differ too much.

Theres oral tablet methadone (usually for chronic pain) and theres liquid methadone for addiction. Either one requires a prescription from a doctor that has a permit to prescribe drugs of addiction. So not all doctors can prescribe the medication.

For liquid methadone its heavily monitored. You usually would be hooked up with a pharmacy that supplies you with the dose everyday.... if you're well maintained on a dose and theres no worry about compliance with the medication then you may just go to the pharmacy 1-2x/week for a dose in front of the pharmacist and the rest of the days of the week you can take home (we call them takeaway doses). Your doctor decides how frequent you need to take the medication in front of a pharmacist. Prescriptions last until you're next appointment with the doctor and they'll titrate you as needed. To be part of the program and use the pharmacies' service it costs usually $5/day = $35/week.

Hope that is sufficient, let me know if you have further questions


Closed Thread

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Medical Question Mimarin Visas and immigration 3 06-11-2015 08:49 AM
Medical question jaepearce Visas and immigration 1 08-06-2014 03:23 PM
Medical question miss c Visas and immigration 1 02-25-2011 12:15 AM
Medical Question? Shysweetie Visas and immigration 1 10-13-2010 04:39 AM
Medical question jenifermarie Visas and immigration 1 01-14-2010 01:56 PM

LEGAL NOTICE
By using this Website, you agree to abide by our Terms and Conditions (the "Terms"). This notice does not replace our Terms, which you must read in full as they contain important information. You must not post any defamatory, unlawful or undesirable content, or any content copied from a third party, on the Website. You must not copy material from the Website except in accordance with the Terms. This Website gives users an opportunity to share information only and is not intended to contain any advice which you should rely upon. It does not replace the need to take professional or other advice. We have no liability to you or any other person in respect of any content on this Website.


All times are GMT. The time now is 07:23 PM.




Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
AustraliaForum.com