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About TravellingGiraffe

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  1. I'm not in Adelaide yet, but I did my 1st local park run this weekend in the UK having completed couch to 5k. Planning on doing park run when I arrive in Adelaide in 4 weeks.
  2. I am looking for a unit/house. As much as everyone I've met has said should look into a house share, I don't think I can cope with living in a shared house. I am too used to living on my own. I've also had some really bad experiences of living in shared houses so I tend to steer clear.
  3. I arrive in Adelaide in 6 weeks!! And I'm now trying to get my head around rentals and what I'll need. It was all going so well until the sale of my property in the UK fell through yesterday the day before it was due to exchange, and is now not going to complete before I arrive in Adelaide as I've basically got to start again. So as I'm now having to borrow funds off other people (mainly parents) to get me started until my property sells its more important I have a more accurate idea of what I am going to need. I am a nurse and am going to be doing agency nursing when I first arrive. The agency are willing to give me a letter stating I am employed by them, but I won't have a fixed number of hours to work. There will be enough work for me to work full time and I'm assuming the letter will probably give an hourly salary, however the hours I work will likely vary dependent on need. So my long winded question is whether landlords are going to ask for a lot of rent upfront or whether a letter of employment from the agency is likely to be enough? 6 months upfront rent a much bigger sum to find than a deposit and 1 months rent, hence peoples opinions would be good. Thank you!
  4. Thank you all for the advice. Have emailed the GP to request the records today and will see what I can find when I know where I am going to be based more permanently
  5. Having read threads on here and online I am beginning to understand a little about the healthcare system in Australia (probably a good thing as I'm going to be working in it.) I've read that you don't need to register with a GP and you can just turn up anywhere? Does that mean no one has any history on you? So I could turn up and claim to have all sorts of conditions I don't actually have and be prescribed medications I don't need? Not that I ever would! But you see my point. So my questions are: Is it worth paying my UK GP for a copy of my medical records? I'm at the point where if I need them I need to do it fairly soon and its going to cost me £50. I have a couple of long term conditions that require medications including 2 monthly injections. If I just turn up and say I need them are they going to believe me or want to do a whole load of tests to prove it? How do I pick a GP? I rely on my GP a fair amount here in the UK as he manages my chronic conditions and gives me support rather than hospital consultants/specialists. It would be nice to think I could find someone who would do the same in Australia, especially as at the beginning I am going to have far less family support than I do at the moment and my health may will dip. Not being bulk billing isn't an issue if I feel comfortable with them and can get some continuity of care. Any advice?
  6. I don't have that option as coming on a 190 visa.
  7. @doubter Thank you so much for your comments and advice. Putting my PR and date of arrival on my covering letter sounds so obvious but it hadn't occurred to me until you mentioned it so it has now been added. Unfortunately I'm not able to arrive any earlier than my arrival date because of my notice period on my current job. I shall continue plugging away at my applications and won't panic quite yet.
  8. Hopefully this is in the right place. Any nurses out there. What are wages like for nurses in Adelaide? (I have 4 years experience back here in the UK) I've applied for my 190 visa and hoping to be in Adelaide in September. So now I'm trying to work out what job prospects will be like and what wages would be like so I can work out where I can afford to live. Thank you