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  1. gaia

    Autism and health requirements

    It was the 186, employer nominated permanent residency.
  2. gaia

    Autism and health requirements

    I would get in touch with George Lombard ASAP. We gained residency under similar circumstances but it’s very very hard. He’s the agent that we used.
  3. New Zealand doesn’t require nurses to have a degree to register, they look at experience and cpd etc. once registered in Nz the trans Tasman recognition for nurses allows him to register in Australia. I would post in the careers section of this forum for advice as well, as I’ve not heard before of experience points for nurses only be counted once you have your degree. That is for me and others I know who have migrated it was years experience as a qualified registered nurse in total that counted , whether that was pre degree or not wasn’t relevant.
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    Adult daughter and children visa enquiry

    I just had a quick google and New South Wales and Queensland would both charge $300 per week per child to attend primary school! Also apparently on a tourist visa you can’t attend school for more than 3 months in total. She may be able to home educate the children though, it’s certainly much more common to home or distance educate children here in Queensland than it was in the Uk.
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    An English test is a good way to bump up points. And just to add that all your years experience as a registered nurse will count, Ahpra require a degree qualification, but the experience gained after your initial diploma nursing qualification still counts.
  6. We bought a letter from our Uk specialist but to access support in the education system or any autism specific funding we required a diagnosis from a doctor in Queensland. The Queensland specialist was happy to accept the Uk documents but Australian diagnosis was needed. Public waiting list to see a paediatrician was about 1 year so we went private but that was still a wait of nearly 6 months. The education system in Queensland is very different to the Uk one with how children with disabilities are supported. The ndis will definitely require Australian reports.
  7. gaia

    Medical refusal 186 (akrolosing spondylitus

    We used George and he was excellent. I think all up it was about $2000 for Medical waiver lodgement.
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    Sunshine Coast

    Beerwah is pretty far from the airport and honestly not the best area. Of the others Sippy Downs and Mountain Creek are closer and close to the Sunshine Coast motorway which is what you’d be driving on to get to work. Personally I’d look at Peregian Beach which is closer to the airport and my fave beach on the coast. More expensive houses though.
  9. I think it was about a year. We were prepared for that amount of time as our agent had prewarned us. I’m not sure if you’re using an agent but if there are any medical issues I would strongly recommend using one.
  10. Hi mellie if your medical was referred to the moc you should know, as in you should have been informed that this was going to happen. Has a health waiver been requested? What does your agent say? When our application was referred to the moc we were definitely told. Our agent told us it can take from 1 to 2 years for moc decisions!
  11. gaia

    Theatre Nurse career prospects

    At the moment theatre nurses are relatively in demand but only if you already have experience, I had over 10 years when I came over. There are no odps in theatres here, some states use anaesthetic technicians. There aren’t many enrolled nurses on the scrub side as they’re not able to scrub for emergencies or complex cases. As far as senior roles there isn’t a struggle to recruit. Australian universities turn out thousands of nurse graduates every year who struggle to find jobs. My unit recently had over 100 applicants for 5 positions. Having said that if you are prepared to go truly regional you should be able to find a position, particularly in Queensland.
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    ODP / Anaesthetic technician

    You’re probably already aware of this, but bear in mind that you won’t be able to work in scrub or recovery as an anaesthetic tech. Of course that may not be a great loss depending on your preferences at the moment. There are anaesthetic tech associations for each state as well. May be worth you looking them up if you haven’t already.
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    Child Visa 101 application

    As above if you google George Lombard his details will pop up. It’s also true that as a New Zealand citizen your child can enter Australia on a special category visa which is issued on arrival. However unless you can gain permanent residency for him you will receive no disability support services or the associated benefits at all. You really need some specialist advice.
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    Child Visa 101 application

    Are you NZ citizens? Is your child a NZ citizen? My advice is to contact a specialist migration agent. I would recommend George Lombard. Emigration to Australia with a disabled child can be achieved but it’s very tricky and you really need specialist advice.
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    Asperger’s son

    We used George and were successful. The initial conversation with him he gave us an honest appraisal of our chances and the best visa strategy. The whole process was long and not cheap but his fees were definitely money well spent.