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  1. Hello I am looking into applying for PR with the independant skilled migrant visa. I have enough points and I know my profession (midwifery) is on the skills shortage list at present. My concern is that I keep hearing it is hard to get a job as a UK trained midwife at the moment in view of the conditions AHPRA place on the majority of UK midwives - I know I have completed the required training with continuity however it is not on my transcript and so I may struggle to prove it (I am currently waiting for my uni to get back to me about this). So, down to my question... If we make the move and I struggle to get a job as a midwife, can I change my career and work in another profession or am I bound to midwifery for a certain length of time as this will be the skill I am entering the country on? The reason I ask is because I do not want to make the move and discover I can't get work after all and then we'll be up the creek without a paddle! TIA
  2. I have to say, I agree with you there!! The whole model of maternity care in the UK is centred around continuity of carer with the midwife being the coordinator of womens care - even high risk women. I don't think there are better trained midwives anywhere in the world, other than possibly NZ!!
  3. They say that UK midwives lack the continuity of care aspect from their training and therefore require a period (I think of 12 months or until the paperwork/ experience is comlpeted) of supervised practice. I did have continuity of care experience as part of my training but my transcript doesn't specify this I'm hoping a copy of my program syllabus is enough to convince them. I've also had great continuity experience since qualifying but I'm not sure they take this into account?? I won't know the situation until I apply for registration which is the most frustrating part for me lol
  4. Yes, it's definitely something to consider in full detail and not just in a whim! But as @Amber Snowball mentions below, it's more the conditions that AHPRA may place on my practice (as they seem to be placing on most UK midwives). It appears to be putting off hospitals from employing us as the paperwork is too much hastle I am considering completing some management masters modules as a backup in case I struggle to find a willing employer in midwifery. I have lots of transferable skills and the extra modules should ensure I can get a job on a comparable salary. They'll also help with my midwifery career in the future so it's a win win I guess.
  5. Mamma Midwife

    Just saying hello!

    Hello! I have just joined your lovely forum and have had a good look around. I have dreamt about making the move to Oz for at least a decade! And I've finally managed to convince the hubby that it is a good idea!! (I hope I'm not wrong ) We are just starting our in-depth research now so I know we are a while away from the big move. We are thinking of relocating to Perth, however this would be dependant on the availability of jobs for us both. We also have 4 children (ages 6, 8, 11 and 13) so at least 2 of them will be teens when we move. Has anyone else successfully made the move with teens? Any tips on making the process easier for them? I know it can take a while before you are in invited to apply for your visa after submitting your EOI so would you recommend submitting asap just in case? My concern is that it all happens to quickly and we won't have time to complete our research - I know this is unlikely, but I'm just being cautious! Perhaps it would be better to wait until we've done all our research before submitting the EOI? Thank you for your time and I look forward to reading your replies
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    Thank you! the weather is a big plus for us
  7. Brilliant, thank you both!
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    Thank you, this is really helpful!
  9. Mamma Midwife

    midwife APHRA registration with supervision attach

    Do you think they would take post registration experience into account when assessing you for registration? Working in a community setting, you get this experience threefold!
  10. Mamma Midwife

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    Hi tracybalis Your experience so far sounds awful I'm so sorry to hear you've been through all of this. It is very helpful to know what kind of culture you may be getting in to before you've decided to make the move! I did used to be quite the fierce protector of birth but sadly the system here has beaten it out of me so I'm sure I could just get on with the job if my lifestyle was better than it is at present it's quite sad reading that back to myself! Have you gone over on a PR visa or is it a temp one? Do they have midwifery group practices or independant midwifery in Australia? How long do you have to work as a midwife before you can consider changing careers? I do hope things improve for you soon. Take care of yourself xx
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    Which locality are you in, if you don't mind me asking? Also, does the midwife still hold the same role working within the hospitals as uk midwives ie full autonomy in low risk care and referring to obstetricians when appropriate or is it more of an obstetric nurse role and you have to just do what the doctor says? In your hospital, what are shift patterns like? How many nights would you normally work per month? And doors the advertised salary include extra pay for shift work or do you get that as an extra allowance depending on what shifts you have worked? X
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    Hello and thank you for all the information! I qualified in 2014 but I have just liked at my transcript and it isn't actually on there despite it being an integral part of the course I'm going to call the uni later this morning and find out why and if there is anything else they can provide. I'll keep you posted re my skills assessment but it's probably going to be later this year before we apply. I do find it very confusing with midwifery in Australia. The high expectations of midwives to provide continuity of care and the exceptional quality of research that is produced by Aus and is used globally suggests a very good Midwifery led model of care. But reading blogs and speaking to those working as midwives in Aus you realise it's the exact opposite it is slightly disheartening but, to be honest, it's how the UK is going now Would you mind if I send you any messages if any questions pop up?
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    Thank you I'm sorry to hear of what you've been through but I'm so glad you're on the mend! You have to do what is right for your own personal situation, which it sounds like you are. X
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    Thank you that's fantastic! I'll head over and search for the thread now. Haha yes times have changed a lot! But it's probably for the best for the country in the long run thank you
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    Yes, I think it usually does come with the need for supervision because of a lack in experience with caseloading. I am hopeful that I'll be ok though as caseloading was a formal part of my degree and, although I don't work in a caseloading model, due to the small nature of the unit I work in I have had the opportunity to follow women through from the antenatal period, labour and delivery and also postnatally. Well have to see what comes bank from the skills assessment. I've just read the thread comparing the IELTS and PTE and was thinking I'd go with the PTE. I did also look at the Cambridge test but haven't heard much about that one. Have you done the English test? Which one would you recommend?
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    Yes. I do fully appreciate what you are saying. I am not a naive and uneducated person. I am not asking for ways in which to convince my husband to go along with what I want. He needs to make this decision for himself and be 100% happy with it. And if he's not happy with it then we don't go. Also, before going anywhere we'd have contingency plans in place and access to savings. I am on this forum to gather information about a possible move down under and for support from fellow immigrants, not to be berated for calling the desire to relocate 'my dream'. What I was saying in my reply above was that my dream isn't just a whim, it is an adventure filled with risks, stress, uncertainty, potential unhappiness etc, I accept that fully and completely understand my husband's thought process. I do appreciate messages of concern, but I feel there is no need to keep going on about it when that is not what I am asking for help with.
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    Ah I see, thank you! I did used to watch H&A (I feel good now that I know what that is ) as a child but haven't watched it in years.... I'll keep away As for WDU, I'm usually in work when it's on but I do enjoy seeing the houses of I ever do get to watch it... it's the only bit I've ever been interested in. My dream encompasses all you have described. My responsibility now is to not pressure my husband into following it and allowing him to make up his own mind. He is the more cautious one out of the two of us
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    Hello Alex! And thank you for your post I'll certainly look into the link you sent me and see what I can do. Because of our children, we are going for the PR visa. I don't fancy paying the elevated school fees as this will detract from the reason of moving. But it's definitely a good option if you don't have children in the equation! I hope we do get to work together in the future, O&G and Midwifery is a small world so I'm sure we will at some point. Congratulations on your Consultant post by the way!! such a big achievement
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    Sorry to be dense, but can you please elaborate on WDU and H&A? Thank you
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    I say 'we' as in my family, myself, my husband and our children. I used the following website to determine our eligible points: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/skilled-independent-189 Is it the right one to use? (I was recommended it on another forum). I have just re checked our points and I actually misread one of them I have a masters but I've just realised that it's only relevant if it was obtained in Aus I guess I'll be doubt that English test after after all!! As for any concerns about my marriage, thank you! I think we will be good... but then I would say that, wouldn't I? We have already moved away from all family and friends to one if the channel isles. I know it's not the other side of the world but it has been a test! I've not 'brow beaten' my husband.... at least I don't think I have jk I have researched the cost of living and compared it to where we are currently living - which is ridiculous by the way!! And I have presented my findings to him which are that we can have a better way of living in Aus than where we are currently. We have zero chance of ever finding a property here that suits our needs, a small two bed flat costs around £500k and we really need a 5 bed which will cost millions. And he agrees, it makes sense on paper. I've made him fully aware that if he's not happy then we won't go, or we'll come back. That brings me on to the Hague Convention.... I've read about it, watched the video and told him in full about it - he thought that was me telling him I might leave him *note to self - don't have these conversations when he's had a few beers while watching the football!!* I have then explained that I am more than happy for us to sign a contract before we go, if we go, to avoid any issues in the future. I know others have been duped by the empty promise of return which is what I'd want to avoid! We are a strong family unit and we have been through some awful times. Our family motto is 'as long as we have each other, we have everything' so I know we will be ok. We always make it through difficult times and are closer for it.
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    Oh that's good to know! So perhaps we won't need the English test for points then! thank you!!
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    Do we still need the English test with UK passports? I thought we didn't need that if we could prove we've been in an English speaking country through school? We score 85 for the visa, is that still fairly low? Thank you for your reply
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