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Old 09-18-2012, 08:45 AM
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Hi we are from tthe uk and thinking about applying to move to Aus but have a few questions avbout the medical. I have been to the doctor twice in my life due to depression which lasted no longer than a a few months they prescribed anti deopressants on both ocasions but I never took them. Its as if they were handing them out like sweeties to kids. If they ask me if I have any history of mental health issues do I have to declare this? I do not feel I am mentally or have been mentally unstable I was just going through a hard time when both occasions happened. Will they have access to my medical records to see this? If they dont have access to my records I do not feel why they should know. The events happened more than 8 years ago and was during when my parents died I do not consider it a problem. Will they see this on my record though?


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Hi,

Australia has and is working very hard to dispel negative attitudes towards mental health. Society's view of mental illness is no longer that it is one to be ashamed of or that it is something that should be "hidden" as it is viewed as an illness in the same way that any other illness is.

Having said that, I don't see any reason to hide or diminish your mental health history based on how it will be received by the department of immigration. They are not interested in forming judgements on your situation but managing Australia's over burdened health system and the demands on it as far as I can see.

I think if you would feel comfortable providing information on a heart or kidney issue from 8 years ago that is no longer an issue, then equally you should feel the same about the information about your mental health.

If being HIV positive does not necessarily exclude you from being a candidate to come to Australia then by no means should mental health issues on a patients history.


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i thanks for the reply. The thing is I do not think I actually had mental health issues and the doctors just gave me anti depressants to get me out of there when all I needed was to talk to someone about it. I firmly 100% think I was not seriously depressed and I will deny having mental health issues because I dont and I never have. All I am worried about is that the medical examinar will see I have been prescribed anti depressants (which I never even took). Will they see my medical history?


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All I am worried about is that the medical examinar will see I have been prescribed anti depressants (which I never even took). Will they see my medical history?
Why are you worried they will see you were prescribed anti depressants?


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Because I never took them and I believe they were wrongly prescribed. I was 24 years old whos parents had died.
Unless they see my medical history there is no need to tell them about it. I dont want to start getting into a big argument about my aparent mental history.
When I tell them I have no mental health issues in my history and they see that I have been prescribed anti depressants they will think I am hiding something from them which I havent because I did not have mental health issues.
What I want to know is if they get access to my medical history because if they do then I will gather evidence of the fact that I was not mentally ill to take in to back up my claims. If they do not have access to my medical history then I can tell them the truth and save me going through a lot of painstaking contacting people from my past to try get evidence. I refuse to say I had mental health issues (which probably would be easier) as I definately didnt!


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I would say yes they have access to your records and building a case against your own medical records is possibly not something that will be looked upon favourably.


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Unless they see my medical history there is no need to tell them about it. I dont want to start getting into a big argument about my aparent mental history.
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What I want to know is if they get access to my medical history
That is actually a good question that I keep asking myself as well. I had a few issues when I was a teenager, but I have grown out of them. I too did get antidepressants for a short time. But can they really just look into medical records of you? Wouldn't they just need to specially ask you for them?

Would be great if someone has an answer for that.


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It is in the declaration and consent statements at the end of the document that you are required to sign.


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It is in the declaration and consent statements at the end of the document that you are required to sign.
Ah okay, I did not get to that part yet. Thanks! Well then just treat it like it is a broken arm or something. No harm done and all fixed now and please let me into the country now maybe?


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Old 09-18-2012, 01:57 PM
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Ah okay, I did not get to that part yet. Thanks! Well then just treat it like it is a broken arm or something. No harm done and all fixed now and please let me into the country now maybe?
That's exactly right. It wont be held against you...you are acknowledge it happened, it's in the past and fixed now. Honesty and being upfront is the best approach.

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