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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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
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    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.
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    Don't panic, speak to george Lombard. In the mean time it's probably useful to get school reports, statement from school principal etc. an iq test to show normal iq etc.
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    We were successful in obtaining our visas. Applying for a visa when there are potential medical issues is something that I think really needs specialist advice.
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    I would suggest that you wait to hear back from George Lombard. We used his agency with our application under similar circumstances and highly recommend him.
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    Nurse assistant

    Unfortunately there isn't any sponsorship for assistants in nursing. You could certainly access the working holiday visa, but to work as an assistant in nursing here you generally have to have done the Australian courses. Certificate 1 and 2 in aged care etc.
  13. Hi Sharry, Nz registration has worked for a fair few nurses on the Facebook page mentioned above. The only other thing to bear in mind is that you may get registered with the notation solely qualified in disability nursing. I'm adult trained myself so not sure of the impact that has on nurses in the other branches.
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    Health waiver for 186 visa application

    I would also recommend George Lombard.
  15. Hi Emma, I have to say that if you are finding Nz too quiet Mackay may not be the ideal place either, it's regional Queensland. And speaking from experience disability services once you're out of the metropolitan area of Brisbane are really not all that great. Queensland and Mackay are nice enough but you may be in a situation where you are facing the same problems but in a hotter country. And to reiterate what another poster said above the visa process with a child with a disability of any sort is not straightforward. Whereabouts in Nz are you at the moment and what sort of visa would you be coming over on?