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  1. Joanne Donnelly

    Help! Ahpra registration as an occupational therapist.

    Just a quick response... looking outside of the traditional OT roles is what is needed to 'break' the job market here. It's very difficult with the sheer numbers of new grads here who do a 4 year course and is competitive plus alot of who you know etc.... that said overseas OTs are happily welcomed especially young fresh newbies to Oz they love showing off their country to you bring you on board etc... look into a company called everyday independence I'm sure I read on their website recently that they welcome overseas applicants and those with registration requirements. I'd check them out they are mainly victoria based and some NSW locations it's also NDIS work the new national disability scheme. Also occupational rehab work cover companies, is a way in for sure if you can handle the work as it's quite different.... goodluck
  2. Joanne Donnelly

    Help! Ahpra registration as an occupational therapist.

    Hey.. I totally feel your pain, I am still waiting for my limited reg to come through and it doesn't stop there its so full one. Julia Savage at OTC is a great point of contact if you need any clarification and she helped me though she can not help get you a job! Look at the post I had put up before yours about my Company and the jobs available in Occ rehab.. its a good way in to getting reg
  3. Private occ rehab / injury management company recruiting specifically in Coffs Harbour and possibility of other locations due to growth. Will provide supervised practice placement for overseas OT's seeking AHPRA limited reg! PM me for details as I am already working with them and they are interested to hear from others from overseas.
  4. Joanne Donnelly

    Help! Ahpra registration as an occupational therapist.

    Hey.. just to throw it out there.. my company are interviewing for an OT in Occ rehab / injury management in Coffs Harbour and I do also believe that they will have more openings in other locations.. please PM me details of interest for this and I will provide more details and can refer you through me. I have only started and only in my second week and its definitely been very challenging but they have been supportive and helpful, they appear to want to really provide good company training and being dedicated to getting you fully trained. Be prepared for a massive change in direction for your career but its an exciting new opportunity.
  5. Joanne Donnelly

    Help! Ahpra registration as an occupational therapist.

    Hi Dufferdev, I hope you read my message above about how i have managed to get my foot in the door. Injury management / vocational rehab and can start without reg in place with full training ongoing CPD and unlimited personal development budget, mentoring and supervision throughout and great career progression. Trying a new field of work and working out great for me. good luck!
  6. Joanne Donnelly

    Help! Ahpra registration as an occupational therapist.

    Hi I have been n Oz 5 weeks and had a very poor response from recruitment agencies and with anything I looked into regards work in a classic OT role. I then turned my attentions to the private sector, specifically in vocational rehab, occ rehab roles and found an employer who interviewed me straight away and sounded like a fantastic company, good pay and professional development etc.. they also are happy to take me on with our reg and will let me start the training period before my limited reg comes through as I will not be practicing. Its really is the best way to avoid all this negativity of trying to get a job in over subscribed OT roles and waiting ages for reg. I am also very excited about trying a new industry whilst in a new country Its also based in the Northern Rivers in a glorious coastal location and couldn't be happier. I think trying companies direct is theist option looking for alternative roles and trying something completely different than what we all might be used to in UK etc... Good luck y'all
  7. Joanne Donnelly

    My Experience of Perth (and Australia) Before I Depart

    my heart was in the east coast but its a big place and where is the question.. sunshine coast... byron hinterland... moorchodore
  8. Joanne Donnelly

    My Experience of Perth (and Australia) Before I Depart

    I think your right, I read them and didn't try to gloss over them and would bring them up with my partner but he is very much so the glass is half full kinda guy and by god he is great in most things but sometimes he will not just see the reality and I can't make him look at the facts and see what we might be up against, I may be feeling frustrated that I knew this but kinda went along with him to Perth (not australia I wanted to come) now we are here I am panicking ...
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    My Experience of Perth (and Australia) Before I Depart

    yeah we are hearing that its a buyers market and a great time to buy and maybe more so in 6 months we are doing our research and we will scope the areas go along to auctions and open houses to get a feel. We have made contacts with some people, someone who is in real estate also and we will get more familiar with it as time goes on but its that feeling of wanting to get on and establish a life that we have waited for 2 odd years to come to and put everything on hold in UK to get somewhere and find its still so expensive.. We thought the downturn would have had more of an effect and the properties we saw online already after a few days we realise they are in areas that you are unlikely to want to live in... I am porb feeling jet lagged tired, homesick and exhausted from everything we have just done and its hard to see clearly your options..
  10. Joanne Donnelly

    My Experience of Perth (and Australia) Before I Depart

    Think I did 'know this stuff' but its not the same when you are reading from afar as you feel like you want to be positive and everyone has different outlooks.. also we got to a point where we had to decide where to go and it was hard to decide.. Sydney is ultimately more expensive and its more hectic so we didn't think we could handle that. Melbourne is colder as mentioned by loads of people.. Perth does tick alot of boxes and is great on paper and in pictures but is it really that easy to adjust to when you actually get here? Looking to hear from others who have felt the same
  11. Joanne Donnelly

    My Experience of Perth (and Australia) Before I Depart

    Just arrived in perth and having rollacoaster of emotions.. one minute the sun is shining and it looks so beautiful, clean, open spaces and no traffic and then the next it looks more dead, quite and boring! I am all over the place with how I feel, I expect to be excited and thrilled to be here but have a feeling of dread about realistically being able to live here??! Someone said on a different post about Perth that its easier to live in UK if a bit poorer than Perth and I didn't understand that but now I do.. its so so expensive here and to be in an area where its doesn't feel bland and boring is out of most peoples price range unless you don't mind living in a shack.. to get something else means going way out into suburbia which fills me with dread as this I cannot relate to here and can not visualise life out 'there'. My partner thinks I am mental and talks of suburbia in UK - we had a nice house and it was only 4 miles from the city, here its 20-30min drive at least. I am confused about what lifestyle and quality of life in Perth is really like if you don't earn lots of money? The culture seems odd now its the bust period and the city centre seems dead and lifeless, my partner again thinks nah its not busy and crowded but there is a fine line. What is really going on with the economy here and are house prices going to come down? I hope so... I am also still jet lagged! lol..
  12. Joanne Donnelly

    Help! Ahpra registration as an occupational therapist.

    Hi there.. are you in Oz? You will have to let me know how you get on. I arrive in July and have spent loads of time contacting OTC and ahpra but not a lot of luck. Very hard to find supervision when on limited registration but good luck I will be in the same position with this catch 22 situation and it frankly got me stressed out but I have now just put it to back of my mind as I move out of my house that I have sold on Friday and too many other things to think about
  13. Joanne Donnelly

    Sale of UK House and Tax Implications

    damn lol... I couldn't handle the guilt! I am irish!
  14. Joanne Donnelly

    Sale of UK House and Tax Implications

    Hey thanks Knk... so I can declare that through HMRC with some form I suspect before we leave? And in Aus we will get an accountant that can help with the rest.. he does have to pay various maintenance costs and such like for the block the flat is in so that can be offset for sure and we can always see what else.. is it a bad idea to not declare it at all anywhere? Is that too naughty
  15. Joanne Donnelly

    Sale of UK House and Tax Implications

    Hi... interested on what Bevan has to say on overseas landlord and no tax... Myself and my fiancée are moving to Oz very soon we are about to exchange on the sale of our current residential home here in UK and luckily we will be set to make a nice profit, as I gather we pay no tax on this as this is our home? We do have a flat that has been and is currently being rented out and will continue to be when we are away and no plans on selling it anytime soon. We get a small income of about £200ish pounds per month does this mean if we are overseas we don't pay tax on it here in UK but will in Oz?? This is confusing... it is in my partners name only and he has always been self employed and therefore done tax returns in UK he has no idea if he is still to do this due to the small profit but he will no longer be a resident here... Advice on this would be great
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