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Moving abroad to backpack/travel

Discussion in 'General Messageboard' started by Susie982, May 23, 2019.

  1. Susie982

    Susie982 New Member

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    Hi there, I am in my mid 20s and have type 1 diabetes for 10+ years with ok control. I am really eager to move to Australia/New Zealand area so I can travel/work for 1-2 years.
    Does anyone have experience doing this with type 1 - especially need some advice re insulin, needles, blood testing equipment supplies for a long period of time?
    I am so keen to go and don't want diabetes stopping me.
  2. SB2015

    SB2015 Well-Known Member

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    I am sorry I can’t advise on availability of insulin etc.
    I hope that you can sort it out as you certainly shouldn’t need to let D stop you.
  3. trophywench

    trophywench Well-Known Member

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    I know 100% that both Novorapid and Levemir are available in Australia.

    I was told afterwards that diabetics can register with Medicare and thus be entitled to the same medical treatment as an Australian. NB you do have to pay some of the cost of medications at the pharmacy, because they do too.

    I have no idea whatever about New Zealand.

    Have you looked at the Home Office advice on medical matters in both places?
  4. Eddy Edson

    Eddy Edson Well-Known Member

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    This is the best starting point for Oz stuff: https://www.ndss.com.au/visiting-or-moving-to-australia

    There's bureaucracy to go through, but basically as a UK citizen you should be able to register and get the same access to subsidised insulin etc as locals. It's a co-pay system - ie subsidised, but you have to pay something.

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