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    reciprocal medicare

    Second what Quoll said. If you do need to access services then you may well regret not having health insurance if you're on a temporary visa. The other gap to be wary of is being a temporary visa holder and buying an all singing, all dancing policy if you intend to live here as a resident pending PR. You can be admitted to a lovely hospital, get amazing care and the $30K bill paid and you then get bills for blood tests that would have been covered by medicare/insurance for a resident but you get nothing from either. You need to make sure you have the temp resident cover too.
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    Visa Medical

    I'd have thought if you're a healthy "typical student age" there may be some discretion if you're dealing with a case officer but it will be "computer says no" 9/10 times. Pure forum speculation of course but it is Friday afternoon.
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    Taxes On A House In The UK When Living In Oz

    Sweet. I'll split that with you Ken.
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    Taxes On A House In The UK When Living In Oz

    Yup, all true and all I ask is 10% of any monies recovered after reading my post
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    Brisbane Private Schools

    We've been looking Northside recently for our little girl - looking around St Margaret's next week. While not particular to the schools you mention, I think the "religion thing" with schools here is a quirk of how they used to be funded. I think St Margaret's is actually "St Margaret's Anglican". So while you may initially think they are religious schools, they aren't in the bible-bashing, hessian underwear, corporal punishment sense that we might immediately imagine.
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    Digital forensics?

    Sounds cool. All the best with the application. A thought would be maybe finding a job before you try to make the move as it sounds as if, like Liam Neeson, you have a particular set of skills.
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    Visiting parent query

    Trip to Bunnings for 2shovels, 10m polythene and a reciprocating saw?
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    QLD man believed to have been killed by Crocodile

    "nuts bit off by a Laplander"
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    Is it a good move financially?

    That's great to hear. Mr Perks really is one of the good guys. He used to love his job and taught with such passion. I did a special study module in plastics and got to spend a good bit of time with him and always remember his description of "robbing Peter to pay Paul" - maybe it was borrowing! Still, not a chance I'd swap my job in Brisbane for one in Nottingham at the moment. My colleagues in resp medicine are all under such immense pressure and, getting back on topic, all they get is a feeble clap and protesters outside their workplace saying it's a hoax!
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    How has Australia changed your health?

    Hi Scousers. This is so sad to hear and it sounds like your mental health really hasn't been managed effectively. Where are you based if you don't mind me asking? I am a consultant physician In the last 18 months have had to have periods of time off work for emergency treatment and a fairly lengthy admission for acute management of my major depressive disorder. My treating team here in Brisbane have been fabulous and I think it is fair to use the term "life saving" when it comes to the management I have received. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have made it through in UK. The weight gain though, what a nightmare! Some of the drugs used make you just want to eat almost compulsively for the reward mechanism. You can be starting to get pain from eating so much but still think some raisin toast and jam would hit the spot! I find being pretty strict with myself wrt exercise is essential but I've slipped a bit the last fortnight. I think it is important to be open with problems like this. I don't wanna be anyone's rockstar! But, it does help people to see that you can get through those dark times when you feel nothing positive is ever going to happen to you and moreover that you don't deserve it to. Do drop me a pm if you want to chat further about anything. I'm not going to go into full story or anything here but if there's anything I can do to help then I'd be happy to try. It really is never to late to make a change. I've never seen an episode of Corrie either...
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    Transferwise Green card

    So, card arrived and testing with a few hundred bucks it works. However, it is so much more: Multicurrency accounts so you can pay into your AUD, UK, Euro, USD, Sing and more accounts which have individual details and SWIFT/IBAN etc when needed. There are also a couple of neat features: 1) You get a text telling you how much, where you spent it and the balance in the account that was used. This flicks up on my watch which is useful as a check that the amount went through right. 2) While you can say transfer a couple of thousand dollars from the money in your AUD account across to your GBP account (it is always a very good rate with them) for UK spending money. If this runs out and you use the card in GBP but there's no money it will compare the rates from the accounts you have money in and pull from the one with the best rate to pay for the goods and flick you the message telling you your GBP account is empty 3) Up to $350 local cash withdrawal is free anywhere 4) The card itself is really cool - a zingy lime green - my toddler loves it. Not used it abroad yet obviously but first impressions are that this is the way to go for International money.
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    189 AHPRA Registration (Medical Pracitioner)

    I'm pretty sure that the clock started when you worked here previously. However, "pretty sure" isn't really what you're after! However, do be aware that if you work or have worked in some areas or specialities the moratorium is waived.
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    What would u ship over from the uk if u left again?

    Yeah, the KiCKR was just being sold by someone out in Palmerston who didn't know what it was and I thought I'd try how the other half live. I was glad not to have to return to that street.
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    189 AHPRA Registration (Medical Pracitioner)

    This is probably a decent plan. And, with all Aus visas it's a "nothing ventured, nothing gained" scenario. We live in Brisbane and were on a 457 in September. Our 190 application was, to all intents and purposes, an absolute breeze in October. However, I really do think they read the cover letter you put with the EOI. We both applied and I was invited while my wife was not. She is junior to me (at work!) but would have more points and wrote a pretty crappy email whereas I fleshed it out a bit with some stuff on my research, some Qld gov funding I have for Covid research, watching the sunset over Brisbane and the general wonder of it all. I continued this theme when BSMQ asked us to do the EOI and we then got nominated for the visa. I can't comment on your AHPRA status and I'd be surprised if anyone knows for sure. Have you rung one of the AHPRA offices to ask? I think there was an interventional radiologist who posted on here offshore who got nominated for a 189 around Sept/Oct. Out of interest, were you a junior over here and then returned to both CCT before coming back here to be SMOs? Will you still need the supervise time before you are fellows?
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    What would u ship over from the uk if u left again?

    Ohhh how I now miss my Le Creuset. Can we please stop this thread before I have to get someone to go over and fill a movecube for me!