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On private health insurance

Given Australia’s publicly funded universal health care, is private health insurance worth it? Last June, shortly after I lodged my application for a de facto partner visa subclass 820, I received a bridging visa. That made me eligible for Medicare, which I enrolled in immediately. For my American readers, Medicare is Australia’s publicly funded universal health care scheme.… Read More On private health insurance

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Blood and my iron deficiency

Recently I learned that I had an iron deficiency so severe that my doctor said she was astounded I was conscious. It was serendipitous that I met a woman who is studying iron levels in women as part of her PhD studies. She asked me if I would take part. It was easy. I would need… Read More Blood and my iron deficiency

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Surviving a heatwave

Earlier this week, I blogged about the heatwave. Despite the fact that it gets really hot in Melbourne every year, hundreds of Aussies still suffer from heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and death due to exposure to extreme heat. Below are some tips collected from across the web as well as personal experience to help you… Read More Surviving a heatwave

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Heatwave

After a chilly start to the summer season, a heatwave hit Australia last week. Narrabi in New South Wales saw temperatures rise to 47.8°C (118.04°F). Here in Melbourne, we saw four consecutive days over 40°C (104°F). According to Carl Braganza, Manager of Climate Monitoring at the Bureau of Meteorology, it was the longest heatwave in 100… Read More Heatwave

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The road to residency part 1: the visa medical

With my medical assessment, I have officially begun actively moving towards obtaining residency. I’m applying onshore (that is, from within Australia, as opposed to offshore) for a de facto partner visa subclass 820, which is a temporary visa. If granted, after two years, if the relationship is still intact, I would be granted a permanent… Read More The road to residency part 1: the visa medical

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Using tampons in Australia

This post is about tampons. So, if you are squeamish about the subject of menstruation, you should stop reading now. And possibly seek therapy. I’ve written before about some of the differences between the US and Australia. Here’s another one that for some may be small, but for me is huge. Australia has a shocking lack of… Read More Using tampons in Australia