Quick intro: Kathleen 27yr Nurse and Craig 30yr Marketing Manager
We have been thinking of moving to OZ for past 5 years but Kathleen was undertaking a Nursing diploma at University from 2008 to 2011 to become a registered staff nurse in Neurology, so we had to put those ideas on hold. Now Kathleen is 12 months into working as a registered nurse we have decided to try and go for it at last.
We have been out only once to Australia to visit Craig's sister who is a midwife in Melbourne on a 4 year visa but is going through the process for PR. Instantly fell in love with the country and culture (though we don't think Melbourne is for us) but kept steady heads (even with all the wine) and accept like every country its not perfect. We have friends in Adelaide who rave about it and we quite like the conversations we have had with Craig's sister who has visited SA several times. We are aiming to come out to Oz May/June time for a reccie and instead of spending all that time in Victoria we aim to spend at least a 1/2 the trip visiting both Adelaide and Perth. The reason for Perth is we want to check WA is not for us before committing to SA. Plan is Manchester>Melbourne>Perth>Adelaide>Melbourne>Manc hester, any better offers? We reckon £300 each for the internal flights.
We have also contacted some Hospitals for Kathleen to visit in those areas to just have a look round and chat etc, which has been very positive with several of the hospitals inviting her in. We understand the amount of experience Kathleen needs differs at each hospital but the agents we have spoke to so far are all saying 12 months for SA - Anyone know if thats true? Also if there are any nurses out there any advice? Wages seem better than the UK. Craig works in Marketing so we are more worried about jobs for him in all honesty.
The agents are pushing for us to start the process but we still are not 100% clear what the process is. At the moment we see it as English Test>Skills Assessment>AHPRA registration>VISA>jobs>move - Again open to further advice.
Also we are unsure of the positive/negatives of going PR straight away or trying to do what Craig's sister did Temp>PR. I am sure you know about it but there is a down under show in Birmingham later this month we hope to go to for more information etc.
We already have quotes for bringing our 2 cocker spaniels out too which though $$$ it is a done deal - if we move then we all move. We have no idea about where we want to live but from our friend (and reading this forum) there is a few places where a lot of Brits head to when they first make the move.
Anyway that enough for now as we are sure will be asking more than a few questions on the forums over the coming months.
Thanks for reading