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Medical & Health Issues

Medical questions, Australian medicals, Visas and medicals

Notes for you guidance


Applicants for most types of visas for Australia are required to meet health requirements, amongst other prescribed criteria, before a visa can be granted. All applicants for permanent migration visas are required to undergo a full medical examination and chest x-ray with a "panel doctor" (see below) before a visa can be granted. Some applicants for temporary stay visas may also be required to undergo one or both examinations, or provide a "fitness to travel" letter from a doctor before a visa can be granted.

All children / dependents included in your application aged 11 + must undertake full medicals and X-ray examination.

All the persons included in your application as well as all of your dependents (even if they are not included in your application) MUST undertake a medical exam, and must "pass" the medical. If one fails, all fail - and the visa will be refused.

Who is a dependent ?

Contact us for more details.

Why would you fail a medical ?

Certain medical conditions e.g. TB will result in an immediate refusal of your application. Other conditions, including HIV, cancer and certain disabilities (blindness, mental disability) may potentially result in a visa refusal.  If you are concerned, please contact us to discuss your position.


The Australian Government has designated a group of general practitioners (GPs) and radiologists, commonly known as "panel doctors", to conduct medical examinations on its behalf. A list of panel doctors in the UK is available from BCIS.

Please note: Female doctors are included in the list of panel doctors. A woman has the right to have a chaperone present during the examination if desired. Children should be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian during all medical examinations.


If you have been asked to provide a doctor's letter, testifying to your fitness to travel to Australia, you can obtain the letter from any GP. That is, it does not have to be from a panel doctor. The doctor's letter should comment on your fitness to travel to Australia, to remain for the proposed length of stay and to return to your home country. If the doctor has identified a health condition, she/he should comment on how the condition is being treated and how it is to be managed in Australia.

MEDICALS - a hint for those with concerns about medicals

In most applications, if one member of the family unit fail the medical exam, all fail, and the visa application will be refused.

Exceptions include: Applications for employer nominated visas (TR) and this may be extended to certain business skills PR applications in future (in both cases this is subject to strict criteria)

The inability of applicants (where there is a health concern) to get clarification before they submit an application has always been a problem. Generally one has to submit an application first, and run the risk of loosing all the application fees if the visa is refused on medical grounds to get clarification on medical exams.

The solution: if you have a genuine medical concern, lodge a visitors visa application (low cost) and do a full permanent residence medical as part of that application. Then request for that medical to be assessed (for permanent residence) by DIAC together with the visitors visa application. This is the most cost effective way of determining whether you meet the medical criteria or not.



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