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  1. Amber Snowball

    Decided I need a change

    I genuinely feel for you. I did my nurse training purely because it meant, at that time, I could work almost anywhere. It was my ticket out of my shitty life. Moving to Australia was an extreme path to take but I couldn’t really fathom another way. I just wanted out. Australia was good to me and I was there for 13 years, now back in the uk. Now that said, it doesn’t matter where you are, your issues, worries, personality flaws will still be there, so don’t think it’s a silver bullet! All your “junk” moves with you! I think you need to do some more research and saving. Nothing will change unless you make it! Find out about other countries, what qualifications and experience you need. Do they still do emigration fairs? I went to a few back in 2005 when I was planning to move. Gather lots of info. A registered migration agent could help maybe with a strategy, if there is one, for a small fee. There are a few who post regularly on here. Good luck. Keep plugging away and try not to let it grind you down. I can still remember the absolute desperation I felt back then, like staring into a bottomless black hole. If emigration isn’t a realistic option, then if the working holiday visa becomes an option then do it, embrace the adventure and experience, who knows what will happen. Try and find the light in the darkness. Sending lots of positive vibes to you!
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    Logistical issues with moving from Canada to Victoria

    Just being nosey now, but where are you building? I have a soft spot for Geelong.
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    Interesting Facts about where you live.

    Yes, because we are near the Mersey estuary here it was an important port back then.
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    Interesting Facts about where you live.

    I would have said Frodsham was quite a normal name. They are often derived from the old English language. Ham meaning village.
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    Interesting Facts about where you live.

    Hi @simmo I currently live in Frodsham, a medieval market town situated between Chester to the west, Liverpool to the north and Manchester to the east. St laurences church in the town is referenced in the domesday book. There is still a market in the town every Thursday. We have lots of pubs and eateries and some independent shops. Good road links with the m56 and m6 nearby and easy access to north wales. Train links are also ok, running to Liverpool, north wales and Manchester including the airport. The first welshman to summit Everest lives here and Gary Barlow of take that was born here. It is now home to the rather smashing Amber Snowball!
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    NIN issues. Need help

    Good luck. I think once you get your passports sorted and then start the process of moving, things will start to fall into place and feel less overwhelming. Make a list and tick things off as you go. Really quite spiritual when you finally tick the last item off!
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    NIN issues. Need help

    The £10000 rules as noted above are for actual cash, so use an exchange company to move your money once you have a bank account in the uk and a currency card in the interim. I moved the proceeds of my house sale over, as long as you can account for where the money has come from its fine. There’s a section on that website for returning British citizens and you have to have been living in the uk for 3 months to show habitual residency. As far as I am aware you can’t claim benefits if you have more than £16000 in savings.
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    Did you move back to the UK & regret it?

    A bottom band 5, which is where newly qualified nurses and those new to the nhs who are employed into that band, is £25655 pa. Employee pension contribution comes out of that. London weighting is paid on top. This is for England, NI and Wales. Scotland is similar at £26104. The jobs have to be matched to the pay bands for Agenda for Change, so you can’t just pay a higher band because you want to and once employed you can only progress through the pay points in that band at the prescribed times, you can’t fast track, so if moving back and experienced then haggle hard at the time of signing the contract for a higher starting point! I moved back into a band 6 role and started 3(?) pay points up rather than on the bottom of that band. Does any of this make sense?
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    Did you move back to the UK & regret it?

    The profession looks forward to welcoming you!
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Yes, I couldn’t remember if it was 70 or 75 and it’s been a while since I worked there so could’ve changed. Anyone can get an initial assessment to see if they are eligible , so no harm anyone looking into it. Thank you for doing the googling! Looks like they have rebranded as well!
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    The 18-35 is a working holiday visa, so short term, no skill required. Gets people working in fruit picking, hospitality etc so a different market to what you are applying for.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I’ve never heard of direct transfusions like that in modern times except on the battlefield. Donations are more targeted now. You only get the red cells, plasma or platelets that you actually require, but needs must in a crisis I suppose. Well done you. This splitting and treating allows one bag of donated blood to help multiple people as opposed to just 1. I don’t know if they still have an upper age limit to starting to donate, not that I am second guessing your age! but I think you have done your bit regardless. Lovely story and a lovely outcome.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I had a search for this but couldn’t find it specifically, there is a lot of documented hiv and hepatitis issues from the 80s and 90s in Australia, the same as in many other countries. Maybe this was a specific case that the person training us used to ram home why we had to be so careful when screening people.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I think it was the 80s. I worked at the blood service in the mid - late 2000s and it was still talked about then. Testing isn’t 100% fail proof hence the rules around certain people being unable to donate, but things definitely improving as more groups are now allowed to donate when they have been barred previously.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Oh god, other peoples feet, noooooo.