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Moving from NZ to Australia with a child with a disability

Hi there, I have a little girl with speech problems and borderline autism. I have been told that we might not be able to move there because of this. We could go on a holiday but cannot stay…

Posted by dilemma. 2 replies. Latest activity on 13 August 2021.

How easy is it to apply for Medicare?

Can anyone tell me what is involved in applying for Medicare? I'm just after an indication of what it is like in practice - the documentation requirements etc. Thanks :)

Posted by aussie-dreaming. 45 replies. Latest activity on 13 October 2023.

I have a child who is on medication full time. How would I go about getting medication for him in Australia? Will I need letters from my New Zealand GP?

Where can we look up good schools in Brisbane? We will be moving to the Ipswich/Brassall area. Your site has been an EXCELLENT help so far!

Posted by janet. 5 replies. Latest activity on 07 January 2012.

Do pre-existing health problems get covered by Medicare?

Posted by rusty. 2 replies. Latest activity on 24 October 2008.

I am an Australian Citizen wishing to bring my incapacitated father (a New Zealand citizen) to Australia. What benefits will he be able to get and will Medicare help out?

My father has had a stroke and has aphasia and is unable to communicate, as well as being paralysed. My mother is the full time carer. He is 60 and has been in NZ over 20 years. Will Medicare help…

Posted by sina79. 1 reply. Latest activity on 06 July 2008.

Access to medications in Australia

Can you access medications for a specific condition when moving to Australia?

Posted by di-and-nee. 2 replies. Latest activity on 13 August 2011.

Child disability allowance in Australia

We have 2 kids, one with a disability. Do you know if you get more disability entitlements in Australia than in New Zealand?

Posted by tanya. 2 replies. Latest activity on 25 January 2009.

Permanent residency for a family with a disabled child

Hi, We are NZ citizens planning to move to Melbourne. I have a 5-year-old boy who has Down's Syndrome. Will we be eligible to apply for permanent residency in Australia? What kind of facilities are…

Posted by sai. 1 reply. Latest activity on 31 October 2008.

Taking doctor-prescribed pills into Australia

My wife and I will be moving to Melbourne in a few months to become residents. Because of a medical condition, I am required to take two different types of doctor-prescribed pills per day for the…

Posted by komata. 1 reply. Latest activity on 02 March 2009.

Will elderly care continue for an aged parent if they come to Australia?

I have a parent who is being taken care of full time in a dementia care unit. If I wish to have him come across to Australia with me, how will that work?

Posted by prk. 1 reply. Latest activity on 27 June 2009.

Can you just apply for medical insurance in Australia instead of Medicare?

(Not travel insurance from NZ)?

Posted by dutchessroz. 2 replies. Latest activity on 04 February 2013.

Yound child with cerebal palsy moving to Brisbane. Is he covered medically?

Hi, my son has just turned 1 and was born with cerebal palsy. We have pediatric appointments every 8 weeks and attend an early intervention centre every week. Are these services available to us in…

Posted by i-live-in-melbourne. 1 reply. Latest activity on 13 August 2011.

Can Kiwis receive IVF (fertility treatment) in Australia?

Hi, we are Kiwis and may be moving to Australia (Brisbane area), however I need IVF. What is the waiting list like for IVF? How much rebate will I get with Medicare? Is there a cut-off age for IVF?…

Posted by beemer. 3 replies. Latest activity on 22 June 2011.

Have any New Zealand invalid beneficiaries moved to Australia?

I am currently on the NZ Invalids Benefit. I understand under the reciprical agreement between NZ & Australia that I am able to continue getting this in Australia when I move (I have family in…

Posted by angel-julz. 5 replies. Latest activity on 14 August 2016.

Getting medication prescribed and finding specialists

I am wanting to know how we can ensure we have no problems getting prescriptions for the medicine that both my daughter and partner must take every day. How can we find specialists to monitor their…

Posted by daizy85. 1 reply. Latest activity on 09 November 2010.

How do i apply for the medicare scheme?

Posted by rose. 2 replies. Latest activity on 26 January 2011.

I'm receiving the disability pension. Can I move to Australia on a holiday visa and keep my pension?

Me and my boyfriend want to move to Australia for a year but I'm receiving the disability pension. He wants to go and work but won't go without me. I was wondering if I could go on a holiday visa and…

Posted by disability-pension. 1 reply. Latest activity on 15 June 2011.

As a Kiwi citizen moving to Australia, can one get cancer treatment whilst living there and an invalids benefit?

I have advanced breast cancer and have to have treatments every 3 weeks for the rest of my life. I have met a lovely person who lives in Aussie and we would like to pursue a relationship.

In order…

Posted by lacyme. 1 reply. Latest activity on 03 August 2011.