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How much information is needed in the health examination for Australian visa purposes? Can we refuse to share certain pieces of information?

My family and I are generally healthy individuals, but we are concerned about the privacy and extent of the medical exams. How much information is necessary and could it be negative to our application if we do not share everything?

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    Lisa De Leon

    Australia Registered Migration Agent
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    The health assessment for a permanent Australian visa involves a medical examination, chest x-ray, and HIV testing. You will need to submit to this testing as it is a mandatory part of the visa processing, and a visa grant cannot occur without the full results of your health assessment being disclosed to the case officer.

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    Quentin Kuo

    Australia Registered Migration Agent
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    The Department asks for health information generally for the purpose of quarantine or to not incur unfair burden to Medicare. For example, tuberculosis can kill a patient in 2 days while lung cancer is treatable but may cost Medicare over $60,000 over 5 years. If you do not ''share'' your health information, then Immigration, on behalf of Australia, cannot protect its citizens from biohazard and/or financial loss. If you have sensitive health info, you should check with a lawyer whether it will be one of the categories above. Some controllable health conditions may be waivered, despite disclosure.

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    Karola Steffi

    Australia Registered Migration Agent
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    Please note that you are required to undergo a medical examination for an Australian Visa via designated Panel Doctors in each country.

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