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  1. Amber Snowball

    Australian TV - the best and the worst?

    A mixed extra marital affair does that count?
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    Australian TV - the best and the worst?

    It did feel a bit like this. I must admit my first thought was “ another lesbian, really?” It was ok and I watched all episodes so was obviously interested enough to that extent. I did shout out in horror at the end of episode 5 as I said, new worst nightmare. Bit heart pounding but beyond that I don’t know if I cared much about any of them. Think Martin Compston did well to get a top billing for all he’s been in it. I will stop now as others are still to see it.
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    Australian TV - the best and the worst?

    I finished Vigil last night and thought it was ok at best if I’m honest. Be interested in what you think. Must say, whatever you think your worst fear is prepare to change it at the end of episode 5
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I always like a rationale for things, I’m more accepting then! Well you never know, they use so many different bits of us these days!
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Hi @Rossmoyne, it’s not just beef, it’s all the other products from the meaty parts, so fats, gelatines etc which were/are used in things like biscuits and cakes. There simply would be no way of guaranteeing you had avoided those. It’s too much of a risk for the blood service to take given the time it took to recover from the HIV case in the 80s(?) in Australia. They lost a lot of good will then so they wouldn’t risk it again, that and not risking the lives of recipients, most of whom are on maternity units or people requiring regular transfusions. Hope that explains it a bit. In other news we can be organ donors, because organs are so hard to come by they consider the risk is worth taking.
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    The truth on Perth?!

    In fairness you are lucky it was only Switzerland and not an argument about lemons and sausages! I moved when my son was 11. He repeated yr 6 in Victoria and then to high school. I have to say I was pleased with the very whole person, rounded approach out there. Not upset with the school education there at all. University was a whole different matter and they were in equal parts useless/shady/unhelpful. I don’t know what university’s in the UK are like as a comparison, they could be equally shonky.
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    The truth on Perth?!

    I think it’s a leap of faith. You just have to go for it and give it 200%. Then you’ll know. It might be an expensive mistake but it might not. It was good to me but I worked bloody hard. I assume you’re not expecting a fabulous new life to just be handed to you and it sounds like you want to move so accept it will be expensive and stressful and crack on. Give it your best shot! I would say to listen to the advice on the type of visa you choose though, people do sometimes think that they will find a way to stay and are devastated when they can’t. Good luck.
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    Posting stuff

    I send parcels to oz quite regularly and just declare “shop bought food in original packaging “. If I use parcelhero I have to list it all out. Haven’t sent stock cubes but as Parley says, if they are unopened in original packaging, can’t see the issue. My son took some back in his case with him without any problems.
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    Health visitors?

    I honestly don’t know. Ask the agent when you speak to them, think it was yourself that said you were speaking to an agent next week otherwise it’ll be put the skills assessment in and see. I think others have applied to AHPRA for registration before the skills assessment and then get a modified anmac, but I really don’t understand the details of that or how covid would potentially affect it as I know people had to present to ahpra within 3 months or something in person to complete the process. God knows what the deal is now. The agent should know all of this, enough nurses migrate that this should be a common thing for them to do. If your agent isn’t up to it contact one of the regulars on here, @Alan Collett, @paulhand , @Raul Senise are all mara registered and on the forum for a long time helping folk. I did a whole load of different roles out there, the system is quite different in the community so be prepared. Task orientated, case managers are usually hca’s that have moved into office roles not registered staff, district nursing isn’t the same, it’s a brokered service, so provide what’s paid for and walk away. Enrolled nurses are very popular in practice nursing. Aged care has moved from state run to federal and they are putting the squeeze on the purse strings so companies are looking for the cheapest staff. Sound familiar? Healthy child program tenders anyone! Victoria nurses are low paid compared to other states. Definitely do your homework in terms of living costs to wages as Melbourne housing is expensive. I had 10 happy years there, first in Geelong then out the other side in the hills. 3 average years and then back to the Uk. I did prison nursing for a while, quite enjoyed that, would recommend it. Nurse led in a lot of the prisons. The Advanced nurse role is quite a way behind the UK in my experience. Good luck!
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    Health visitors?

    Hi, in Melbourne it’s maternal and child health nursing. You need to be a nurse and a midwife and then do their maternal and child health course. They won’t recognise your health visiting. They are very protective of the role and it’s qualifications. In fairness the nmc won’t register a maternal and child health nurse as a HV as they haven’t done the recognised course, so just the same. WA and Qld I think have a child and family nurse, think that’s what it’s called, which is easier to apply to as far as I am aware, more experience based, but be aware they prefer “Australian “ experience. The first job is always the hardest to get, then you are in the system gaining that experience and you can apply like a local! I’ll caveat this with I have been out of Australia for 3 years now, so not current with info. I was a HV prior to moving to Australia and anmac ( the assessing authority)weren’t interested in my pgdip scphn, just my adult nursing degree. The registration body (now AHPRA) didn’t recognise it either, I worked as an adult nurse in Victoria for 13 years and then returned to health visiting when I returned to the UK. I completely understand why you would want to leave health visiting in the uk, it’s a basket case! my understanding of the Australian role is it is far more time limited and much more focussed on those with safeguarding needs, but do double check that as I say I never worked in the role there.
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    New CANZUK agreement

    They don’t even discuss it at 10,000, only give a response. Need 100000 for a debate to take place. And lets face it they can discuss it all they want it’s not a unilateral decision.
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    Your one word that separates the UK from Australia

    Driving. Even though it’s far busier here driving is much more enjoyable. Standards people!
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    Australian Citizenship and US green card

    I’m definitely no expert here but if you have been living in Australia for 3 years could you just apply for a residents return visa before you fly to the USA, if you have 2 years out of 5 in Australia (pretty sure that’s right) you’ll get a 5 year RRV which means you can stay in the USA for a couple of years and then back to Australia. Worldwide taxation applies to USA citizens not green card holders as far as I know, so not applicable to you. Hope that helps but please double check my information.
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    Australian Citizenship and US green card

    @MARYROSE02 maybe your brother quite literally never got round to citizenship or didn’t see a need until recently. He might not even be able to say why it took 42 years. If his life is in Australia with his family (I think I have followed the thread correctly! There’s a lot of brothers mentioned! ) then he’s probably absolutely fine. Sometimes there isn’t any deep moral dilemma involved just a simple fact of hadn’t thought about it. I don’t think there’s a need to question his happiness or life choices poor bloke. What a band of roving adventurers you and your brothers are! life is for living.
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    Bank Account

    I had my current account with Westpac the whole time I was there and they were fine. I used a mix and match of other banks for savings and mortgages depending on the best for me at the time. I assume that’s what other people do as well . I didn’t open an account until I arrived and the Westpac were really helpful getting the cards delivered to the branch within a couple of days.