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  1. Citizenship application

    Yep - have PR . An agent told me to apply from date visa granted and others say from when you enter country .....simple question but I am getting mixed messages lol . Just wondering if anyone else in process of application ..... . I did PR myself for family and the whole process was sooooo labour intensive just wonder if citizenship as long winded ? My brain aches just thinking about it !
  2. Citizenship application

    About to start process from PR , can I check you can apply from date PR visa granted ? How long roughly is it taking in QLD ? Any tips gratefully received ! X
  3. getting into private school north Brisbane?

    thanku, yep trying this approach aswell now saying that lots of friends use state system and very happy so i mustnt get caught up in the hype which i know i do at times , lol , first world problem and all that , x
  4. getting into private school north Brisbane?

    thanks my husband and son went to open day and didnt gel with it- i wasnt there tho' - however it is the furthest one from us so travel was an issue altho they run a bus, i think i will forward all our reports that they have now asked for as iam keen to visit again at next open day ... going to look at kelvin grove as altho out of catchment it says if you work at rbwh they can consider you ????, wavell and craigslea are also near, everton park is our catchment...... son this year then have to do it all again with daughter next year .....are girls schools just as tricky here ? x
  5. getting into private school north Brisbane?

    many thanks yep heard hillbrook prob not a hope in hell and BGS same ..... The frustrating thing is they now have my enrollment list payment and all i want to know is how far off getting in are we - if they tell me iam at bottom of list so no hope then i would be much happier as could then move on and look at other schools but they keep you dangling on and give nothing away when i suspect they have a good idea of your chances. I understand kids move/drop out of places etc etc but even just a glimmer of chances would be better than none! Iam stressed as our local state school for us is not great people say and no idea how easy it is to access state schools out of catchment either.............. Do other parents make donations or make lots of appointments with the head teacher? iam slowly losing will to live as ozzie friends also now getting rejected from private schools .....
  6. Ok so am i wasting my time trying to get into private high school year 7 north Brisbane when i only put name down 1 year ago and selections now started.....??? lots of rumours.... Child in year 4 now, name down a year ago when we arrived but worried far too late and as no connections to schools/not catholic/at state school now is there any point or are they all over subscribed????? Opted for boys grammar, hillbrook and nudgee so far but should i look at any others....looked at BBC but open day wasnt a hit with us or son..... any tips or advice please? any schools to avoid? back in uk school was sooooo easy but here high school choice seems huge but unless you put there name down at birth/ went to school yourself iam hearing its a waste of time even trying ..???? going to look at kelvin grove as hear good things wrt this..... getting frustrated as sooo much choice but on other hand seems impossible to get in anywhere....????x
  7. Hi looking for a maths/english tutor for my yr 3 boy who needs a bit of help northern brisbane suburbs region can anyone recommend someone/tips on finding a good one? prefer 1-1 if possible ......?retired teacher or student teacher ???agency best to go thro many thanks x
  8. Doctors' thread

    Not sure if you would be eligible via aphra to get specialist registration.... are u a consultant yet? if not u may need to take a middle grade post in a hospital then look at transferring your training out to oz / start again in oz surgical system...... iam a GP so unsure really. i have used recruitment agencies on/ off several times as they really help you with aphra and visa application but again depends what u r looking for etc or go direct thro a hospital is the other option...... have u spoken with aphra ? Looking at more sabbatical or your year overseas at the end of your SPR training before your final exams/ getting consultancy?.....or total redirection....... x
  9. Good places to live Nth of Brisbane

    We land Brisbane 12/2/14 and very interested in north suburbs-lakes BBQ! Kids going to Mcdowall School as last time we used it we were very happy. Not thought about high schools yet as depends on cash flow and how our kids are doing obviously . The choice tho is almost overwhelming for high school! We arrive from Newcastle , holiday rental house booked and will be looking for rental as I said before in Bridgeman-mcdowall-Albany areas - ish . We lived in Bridgeman last trip and love it there. Be great to try and get to a BBQ. We are in healthcare with 2 kiddies, any healthcare workers in northern suburbs? X
  10. Swimming clubs north Brisbane

    Trying to compare swimming clubs..... albany creek vs aspley vs everton park sharks ..... looking for club but unsure at what level they take kids ..... my kids are 6 and 8 and members of Tynemouth asc . Do 2 sessions a week incl time trials but obv still a lot of strike technique teaching going on . Our club start with non swimmers and have a structure to feed them up and into the squads . Is this how they work in oz? Anyone in a club or who can advice ? Ta x
  11. Good places to live Nth of Brisbane

    We are Moving back to McDowell- bridgeman downs area soon which is a good area, Albany creek also good altho we only used the swimming pool there and parks! Good luck ! I am due to return to work in strathpine but prefer to live a little nearer the city rather than further out .
  12. 189 visa rules....timing....

    Many thanks , do we have to keep close records of time in-out of oz over this 4 years? We will only be taking holidays so should b ok to get citizenship before 5 yrs..... Any tips on sort of stuff we have to provide when going for citizenship? Flight details/rental agreements etc? Should have stayed when we first went to oz in 1999! Thanks for any tips x
  13. 189 visa rules....timing....

    Ok so got the 189 visa and understand have to activate by date given and stay for 4 years then can apply for citizenship.... What is a resident return visa RRV ? What happens if i want to holiday for a few weeks in uk in the first 4 years and or then say i dont apply for citizenship at the 4 year mark and i then pop back to uk for holidays after last date on PR visa ????? Do they mean u only need this RRV if planning on staying and working in uk for a certain time on a 189 visa or do u need this even if just having a holiday..... Stupidly confused here but cant seem to find the exact details/time allowed out of country before u need a RRV??? Say i want to pop to bali for a week or new zealand do i need this RRV for every trip outside of oz????? .....iam sure it must only mean if u r resident for tax purposes/working back in uk but can someone clarify..........feeling very :wacko: x
  14. Doctors' thread

    cant comment wrt 186 above but just got a 189 PR visa straight forward application done on our own without any sponsorship/jobs needed from uk can work anywhere in any state now check your '10 yr moratorium' status tho wrt rules where u can then apply for a job etc etc should have applied yrs ago for this!!!! took us 6/12 however we got lost between the uk system and oz system and only because we chased it up as heard nothing for months after lodging did we get 'found' with other 'lost visa' applications ...then it all went super quick! get a good accountant who is used to dealing with gp's for lots of tips/advice wrt work/tax/uk cash issues etc etc
  15. Doctors' thread

    sorry taken so long to reply to few queries wrt skills as a gp out there i was in a big outer metro clinic and we dealt with xraying fractures/suturing and wound care /plaster casting by nurses /eye fb removal most weeks...if u have done AE u should be fine, if not check your clinics 'walk in policy' .....find out what your treatment room gets to deal with ..... i had an almost unresponsive anaphylaxis one day stagger in.... check how far u r from an AE and check nurses duties/what is expected of you...work within your own limits and dont take chances i say but if u r very rural then ensure u can manage everything that walks thro the door and check what is available for u in crisis if rural! to make more cash u need to do minor ops and skin cancer work.....u can get trained out there but u will have to pay for it i do coils and implants the more u see the more cash u make but be careful not to overwork or be 'put on' i saw between 30-40 a day with 1/2hr break so intensity of day is different as no home visits or paperwork. i heard of doctors seeing 60+ but this is madness !!!..... yes if u dont work u dont get paid and this is different to uk for most of us as partners or salaried doctors so holidays/pensions/study leave all have to be factored in to earnings and of course indemnity/insurances etc do call up and speak with a gp already in the practice about a typical day i sat in with a gp when i arrived i got a good practice and the manager and nursing staff were excellent but have heard of some 'interesting ' ones! skills i wish i had/still to get....bloody insulin start up regimes.....u will be expected to do this in most practices but i was lucky and a gp in the practice ejoyed this work so i passed my patients on.....again this is due to PN here in UK doing a lot of diabetic stuff for us now meaning a standard gp can feel de-skilled here..... i did have to change my way of thinking a little wrt medicine, more freedom wrt tests/medicines/care options , patients = money aswell as healthcare and if they dont like you they will walk nextdoor, holistic medicine is used more , patients may have not just u as there gp but often 1-3 gps on the go at any one time...... theres lots thats similar but also lots thats different, i tried to practice within my nhs way of thinking mostly but u will adapt and i certainly didnt do anything i didnt agree with and certainly there was some requests for tests/meds/referrals that were a tad odd!!!