Medical test time. As some of you know I had to do a medical test in Australia. This test is required as part of my visa application.
So basically my health is, partly, deciding if I can stay in Australia or not. So what is this test? Why and in what situation do you have to do it?
The medical test is, as I pointed out above, required for my visa application. I am applying for a work-sponsored visa, which is EN 186 Employer Nomination Scheme (Permanent).
Curious about this visa? Read the details here. Under eligibility is indicated that your health is a requirement in application to this visa.
The assessments are taking by Bupa medical visa services. Bupa centers are located all over Australia. They perform the tests and communicate with the Australian government about the results in addition to your visa application.
My examinations included the following:
Your examination might have different tests on it, depending on your country of origin etc.
Exam Status Clinic
501 Medical Examination Required
502 Chest X-ray Examination Required
707 HIV test Required
501 Medical Examination
This test is basically an overall health test. The test consists of the following things:
- Urine test – do a pee in a cup
- Blood test – as part of your HIV test
- Blood pressure
- Eyesight – read letters from a chart
- Weight – to define BMI
- Height – to define BMI
- Reflexes – check on your legs
- Ears and throat
- Lumps underarms and belly
502 Chest X-ray Examination
This test is not very impressive. You stand in front of a screen, they take a ‘photo’ and you can leave. Nothing to worry about here.
707 HIV test
The HIV-test will be done with your blood that has been taken for the blood test, see above.
You are applying for a visa – how do you go about arranging your examination? On the website of the Australian government is explained how you arrange your appointment. See the steps here. Note: you only know if you need to do a medical exam, once your visa application has been send in. That is when the Australian government will indicate if a test is needed. If a test is needed, you are likely to have to following examination based on the current rules:
Permanent or Temporary visa applicants?
If you are applying for a permanent visa, this is the table that will be used to determine your tests:
Aged under 2 years: Medical examination
Aged between 2 and 11 years: Medical examination + TB screening test if applicable. This TB test includes Tuberculin Skin test and Interferon-Gamma Release Assay. More information about the test here.
Aged between 11 and 15 years: Medical examination + Chest x-ray
Aged 15 or more years: Medical examination + Chest x-ray + HIV test
Read more information for exceptions etc here.
If you are applying for a temporary visa, the next features will define what tests you need to take:
- type of visa
- length of intended stay in Australia
- your country level of tuberculosis risk
- your intended activities in Australia
- any special circumstances
- the presence of any significant medical conditions
Some countries do not need to complete immigration health examinations unless special significance applies – only for temporary visa applications:
Countries not requires to do examinations for temporary visas
Albania; American Samoa; Andorra; Antigua and Barbuda; Argentina; Aruba; Australia; Austria; Bahamas; Bahrain; Barbados; Belgium; Belize; Bermuda; Bonaire; Bouvet Island; Bulgaria; Canada; Cayman Islands; Chile; Christmas Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Cook Islands; Costa Rica; Croatia; Cuba; Curacao; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Dominica; Egypt; Estonia; Falkland Islands; Faroe Islands; Finland; France; French Polynesia; FYR Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia); Germany; Gibraltar; Greece; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Heard and McDonald Islands; Hungary; Iceland; Iran; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Jamaica; Japan; Jordan; Kosovo; Kuwait; Lebanon; Lichtenstein; Luxembourg; Malta; Mauritius; Mexico; Monaco; Montenegro; Montserrat;
Netherlands; Netherlands Antilles; New Caledonia; New Zealand; Niue; Norfolk Island; Norway; Oman; Palestinian Authority; Pitcairn Island; Poland; Portugal; Puerto Rico; Reunion Island; Saint Eustatius & Saba; (Ascension and Tristan da Cunha) Saint Helena ; St Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; (Dutch) Saint Martin ; Samoa; San Marino; Saudi Arabia; Serbia; Seychelles; Slovakia; Slovenia; South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands; Spain; Svalbard & Jan Mayen; Sweden; Switzerland; Tokelau; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; Tunisia; Turkey; Turks and Caicos Islands; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom (British citizen); United States of America; Uruguay; Vatican City; Virgin Islands (British); Virgin Islands (US); Wallis and Futuna Islands.
My examination was at 9.45 am. Of course I was too early, but never trust public transport! It was easy to find and once I was all checked in and had my photo taken, we began.
After checking in, I went to a separate waiting area. I got told to change into a blue top (and no bras allowed, which was quite uncomfortable) and put all my belongings into a locker. The first test was the x-ray. No biggie, no stress. Just hugging a machine, while to doctor takes a photo and you’re out. The good thing about those blue shirts was the fact that you can keep them on. X-rays are able to ‘see’ through them. After the x-ray I was allowed to but my bra back on under the blue shirt – hooray!
After the x-ray I had part of the medical exam: blood test, blood pressure, eyesight, weight and height, urine and this also includes the HIV-test. This wasn’t too uncomfortable. I am lucky enough to be okay with needles, so blood test was no problem. The weeing in a cup was a bit awkward, but I did it.
The last examination was a questionnaire about my health in the past. Have you had big operations? Heart conditions? Pain anywhere etc? This doctor also checked the reflex of my legs, lumps under my arms, in my belly and she checked my ears and throat. After that I was done and could change back into my normal clothes and go home. The results are coming within 5 days.
The whole medical test was quite overwhelming for me. So many features were examined and looked at. It feels like your body has to prove a point here. There are obviously great reasons why Australia does this to visa-applicants. They don’t want us, the immigrants, to take advantages of their health system. And they want to keep us from spreading diseases. Still it felt a bit wrong to be tested this way. I felt really vulnerable and a bit looked down on. And lets be honest, everything that can take away your chance on a visa is quite terrifying, even if it would be drinking a bottle of water.
But it is done and the visa is getting closer!
I hope this information can prepare you for your examination, if you need one. It is honestly just a visit to a doctor as usual, it was the fact of the visa that made me feel uneasy. The medical exam itself is nothing you have to worry about.
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