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Old Jun 28th 2007, 11:18 pm
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Can anyone help with info on how your health effects your visa.Our friends sister is looking into coming over to NZ but has osteoarthritis in her neck and had a spinal fusion 11 years ago I know she does take pain killers but a very small dose now and then.We would be grateful for any info on this one as they don`t want to get there hopes up only to be turned down.She is not in a wheelchair and doesn`t use sticks and is able to work part-time.
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I'll post up my thoughts but hopefully someone who has better experience will come along and give a better reply.

The problem she may face is convincing NZIS that her condition will not be a 'burden' to the NZ health system.
If she tries an application, I would imagine that she will be asked to supply consultants notes and could well be referred to an NZIS consultant for medical assessment.

SECTION 4 - HEALTH REQUIREMENTS of the NZIS OPERATIONS MANUAL
may be of some help.

I see this in Appendix 10, but don't ask me if it means the condition is acceptable or not. It is mentioned though.

Appendix 10 - Medical conditions deemed to impose significant costs and/or...

Appendix 10 - Medical conditions deemed to impose significant costs and/or demands on New Zealand's health and/or education services

In This Chapter

Medical conditions

* HIV infection
* Hepatitis B surface antigen positive, with abnormal liver function
* Hepatitis C, RNA positive, with abnormal liver function
* Malignancies of solid organs and haematopoietic tissue, including past history of, or currently under treatment

Exceptions are:

1. treated minor skin malignancies (not melanoma)
2. malignancies where the interval since treatment is such that the probability of cure is > 90%, e.g.: early stage (I & IIA) breast cancer at 5 years; low risk prostate cancer at 5 years; early stage (Dukes A & B1) colorectal cancer at 5 years; childhood leukaemia at 5 years

* Solid organ transplants, excluding corneal grafts more than 6 months old
* Chronic renal failure or progressive renal disorders
* Diseases or disorders such as osteoarthritis with a high probability of arthroplasty in the next four years
* Central Nervous System disease, including motor neurone disease, complex partial seizures, poorly controlled epilepsy, prion disease, Alzheimer's and other dementia, and including paraplegia and quadriplegia
* Cardiac disease including ischaemic heart disease, cardiomyopathy or valve disease requiring surgical and/or other procedural intervention
* Chronic obstructive respiratory disease with limited exercise tolerance and requiring oxygen
* Genetic or congenital disorders: muscular dystrophies, cystic fibrosis, thalassaemia major, sickle cell anaemia if more than one sickle crisis in 4 years, severe haemophilia, and severe primary immunodeficiencies
* Severe autoimmune disease, currently being treated with immuno-suppressants other than prednisone
* In a person up to the age of 21 years, a severe (71-90 decibels) hearing loss or profound bilateral sensori-neural hearing loss
* In a person up to the age of 21 years, a severe vision impairment with visual acuity of 6/36 or beyond after best possible correction, or a loss restricting the field of vision to 15-20 degrees
* In a person up to the age of 21 years, a severe physical disability, where they are unable to stand and walk without support, and cannot independently dress, eat, hold a cup, or maintain their stability when sitting.
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Thanks for your time and help in getting the gov page up.Hoprefully she should be ok but who knows will pass on info so far.
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Hi Dawn

Just a view of my own experience with my medical and the health side of things . I too was worried about the medical as I had a spinal cord injury 17 years ago , a long time I know but the burden on the health system at the time was obviously massive . My injury was the result of a virus and not an accident so that was a concern , I have recovered well but it has taken years and I still have weakness in my left side and areas where sensation has been affected .
My medical ,done in NZ was ok and the doctor said do not worry , he had no concerns as I was now at a stage where I have had no treatment for many years . I had also worked in UK and in his opinion was perfectly able to work in NZ which he stated on the medical certificate . When I submitted my application I had no queries on the medical side at all . So, I think if the condition is stable and you can show that you have worked and will make a contribution in NZ she might be ok . But , I suppose each case if different ,however I just wanted to say that personally my worries were for nothing and I now have PR approved .

Good luck and hope all goes well
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