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Help please! Visa expiring soon + Health problem + no appointments available


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Old 02-11-2011, 12:00 AM
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Help please! Visa expiring soon + Health problem + no appointments available

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I am a student trying to renew my visa to study another masters. However during my visa health checkup I was suspected to have diabetes. I went to a GP, did some tests (OGTT) and it showed that I have diabetes and I was put on some medication (My blood sugar, self monitored, has become much better now). The next step was for me to go and see an endocrinologist for advise and further treatment, after which my health report would be mailed back to medibank. My current visa expires on March 15th. There are no endocrinologists appoints available till the beginning or end of April.My GP gave me many places to contanct but to no avail. What am I to do ? Can someone please advise me. I already have my ECOE for the next masters and I have paid for the course.

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There are people about who may be diabetics and do not see an endocrinologist and in fact there are probably many people about with diabetes who have not even been assessed as such.
If your doctor is an MOC, you may first want to contact them and advise that you cannot get in to see an endoc and see if he can put the medical report through without an endoc report but a reference to recommendation to see one.
If they will not do that, and you cannot lodge your visa application without the medical you ask if you can have a letter from them to send to Australian Health and then put your situation in writing to them and Immi, seeking their advice.





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Hi Wanderer,
Thank you very much for the help. I will follow your advise and see what happens. Although my current GP after having told about my situation almost 7 times ( 3 times went to the GP with an appointment, and 4 times left messages to the receptionist because that was what he told me to do) at Burwood Health Care, Vic 3125 but there has been no response at all and I cannot understand why. Everytime I call them they say you have no records of any messages, or the doctor just left. I dont know whether to laugh or to cry. He diagnosed me to be a diabetic, gave me medicine, gave me a referal that was 2 months away. For the time being he should atleast follow up with me. I dont know whether I am right or the system is right. So I am planning to change my GP and see what happens.

Thank you again & Regards


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ask to be referred to a different endo. There's no requirement for you to go to that one, however if you do not get the report back to medibank in time, you risk having your medicals forwarded to DIAC without a final recommendation. As wanderer said, contact DIAC and advise them of your situation.


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Thank you cevad and Wanderer. I called DIAC and they told me that as long as I have launched my visa application there should be no problem with the delays in medical appointment. I also changed my doc.


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Thank you cevad and Wanderer. I called DIAC and they told me that as long as I have launched my visa application there should be no problem with the delays in medical appointment. I also changed my doc.
You will on a Bridging Visa A once your student visa expires, which gives you a legal status to live in Australia. This will continue until your medical is done and a decision is taken by the Case Officer. Make sure, you inform the case officer of any change of circumstances during this time.


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