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    A good friend of mine, whose partner is in New Zealand on a woking visa at the moment, has failed her medical as she has polycystic ovarian syndrome. They discovered shortly after she failed the meds that it was the contraceptive pill that was aggravating the condition, therefore she stopped it. It may be a long-term illness but does not affect her day-to-day health nor does it stop her from working. It is easily controllable with medication.
    When she went to get a working visa for herself this week, it was refused and they said they will contact her within 2 to 6 weeks with the results.
    Both are very upset, naturally. Emigrating to NZ has been their dream, and they have worked long and hard to go there. Her partner feels very down and is ready to give up soon.
    Does anyone have any advice? It would be greatly appreciated.

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    Hello. I am sorry that I cannot give specific advice, but I have one comment. Even this comment I suggest you take with a big pinch of salt, because I might be barking up the wrong tree. That said:

    my understanding is that one concern of NZIS is that they do not want an applicant's disease or condition to be a likely drain on NZ (financial) resources. (For all I know this might apply to likely but indirect consequences of the disease -- such as an overwhelmingly probable and expensive complication -- as much as to direct consequences such as the need for pricey treatment as soon as the person hits NZ. I simply do not know).

    I am not medically trained and know little about polycystic ovarian syndrome, but the above might be relevant.

    Other forum members, perhaps those who have had experience with this or other conditions/diseases when applying to NZIS, might be able to comment better. For example, it might be well worth your friend appealing the decision. I seem to remember that at least one forum member was diagnozed with a condition to which NZIS put a question mark, but the member was able to illustrate that the medication cost was low even though it would be ongoing medication.

    All the very best to your pal, with her application and with her health.
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    You may find this thread helpful:
    http://www.enz.org/forum/showthread.php?t=7747

    Their best bet is probably to apply for a medical waiver showing documentation that the long-term cost of her medication and treatment will not exceed $25,000NZD. How they would go about proving that, I haven't a clue, but if they are really determined, it's an avenue that they can explore...

    Jo


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    Thanks for your helpful replies.
    Do you know if a medical waiver will apply to her on a temp working visa??

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    Hi.
    The important thing for your friend is not to give up.
    It is standard practice for people with medical conditions to at first be turned down. This is because they are concerned that your medical condition will put a drain on their resources. Go to this thread and follow my instructions there and it will take you to medical waivers. I cannot find POS listed there so they should be able to get a medical waiver. www.enz.org/forum/showthread.php?t=8570
    I am still waiting news that I have been given a waiver but things are looking positive and I wish your friend a successful outcome

    Kindest regards

    Dave and Caroline

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    She would surely get a waiver

    Please keep us up to date on how your friend gets on...it's useful for other people who get turned down on medical grounds and also I'd be quite down hearted about NZIS if they seriously refuse someone on the grounds of PCOS!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi_cymraeg
    A good friend of mine, whose partner is in New Zealand on a woking visa at the moment, has failed her medical as she has polycystic ovarian syndrome. They discovered shortly after she failed the meds that it was the contraceptive pill that was aggravating the condition, therefore she stopped it. It may be a long-term illness but does not affect her day-to-day health nor does it stop her from working. It is easily controllable with medication.
    How was it diagnosed? As far as I can tell, it is not an easy diagnosis. Which tests indicated the condition? Please let me know as I have the same condition and am very worried about failing my medical.

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    Thanks, everyone, for the advice.
    I will be sending a link to this thread to my friend. I will let you know how she gets on. Cheers

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    Very strange - I was diagnosed with PCOS years before we applied, it was all declared on the medicial forms and I was immediately referred to the Women's Hospital in Chch on arrival. I see NZ's top specialist and don't pay a penny as it's via the doc.

    Surely the medicals haven't changed that much since 2004?

    Moorf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qiwi Lin
    How was it diagnosed? As far as I can tell, it is not an easy diagnosis. Which tests indicated the condition? Please let me know as I have the same condition and am very worried about failing my medical.
    Please don't worry about your medicals. My friend has had complications in the past and I think this is why they are delaying issuing her with a visa so as to make sure she is healthy enough. All the replies (have posted on other forums too) have been favourable in regards to PCOS. Good luck and let us know how you are getting on

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