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  1. Petals

    Health Choices

    Its difficult moving from UK with its National Health Scheme which is the familiar old friend to a new system of health care such as we have in Australia. One thing that is different is that we are able to have choice. We can choose the GP an if you do not like him the first time you visit you can just pop along to another one and see as many as you like in different clinics. In fact you can have two or three gps if you like. Also you get referred to specialists in private practice which most Australians do do and pay for. You therefore get seen quite quickly depending on what is wrong with you and often if its serious the gp will phone them and get you an appointment urgently. If you do not have health care you will get refunded the medicare part of the specialists bill. They all over charge. Once you know what is wrong you can then decide what you want to do and discuss with the GP the options. Waiting lists in public hospitals are long but different procedures may have shorter lists at different hospitals and you can decide to go to another hospital, just speak to the GP and see where you can get on a list that is not too long. We have a vast choice and its our choice, hence most medical procedures are carried out by doctors here too, the nurses at our clinic even to remove stitches have to have a doctor look at the wound first, etc. My doc always gives me my flu shot for example. So remember you have choice and if you want urgent attention go and get it. Do not feel you have no control of your medical outcomes.
  2. Hi All, I'm really struggling to find the right deal here. Heres what needs to be shipped: 1) A small box about 10kg of textbooks. Not negotiable to leave behind as I am still at Uni. 2) A larger box with personal effects, trinkets, shoes and the like. Maybe 10kg all in but volume a bit bigger I would like to ship both by air as when I looked into sea, it takes way too long for me and also comes with additional charges that make it not worth the wait. I have a couple of options, Fedex do an economy service, 3-7 days for £70 for box 1. This seems to be the same price that the 'movers' charge, without the added hassle of having to use their boxes, have them come back, pay extra fees etc. There are excess baggage companies charging around the same for the two boxes, £170ish for both but I have to deliver them to their depots. Anyone had any experience with small scale shipping of stuff, and if so, who did you use and what were the costs? I should add, I don't have transport at the moment, and will most likely be catching the bus Stansted - Heathrow, so difficult to drop stuff off anywhere. And I leave in 11 days. :twitcy:
  3. ...........do you enjoy your job/career /work experience..........why or why not and what would you do different...........................
  4. Hi guys, We have decided to go ahead and book our meds in preparation. I have trawled the threads but I was hoping for an uptodate comparison and peoples valued opinions of experiences of places and costings as different places seem to have different costs! We need 2 adults and 2 children done - 1 who is 12 and the other who is 8. We live central so happy to travel to London or Manchester. (Obviously Birmingham is near to us but was interested in contrasting prices and peoples experiences) Thanks all for any input - very much appreciated. Rose xxxxx :hug:
  5. Hello, Hello folks! We're desperate to find an amazing job for my hubbie so that we can get out to join u all out there. He's a Development Engineer in manufacturing and I'm a Midwife. I'm thinking it might be better for him to get a sponsored job secured and then I can look for a job based in the same area and then find somewhere to rent. Can anyone recommend any forward-thinking manufacturing companies in Oz? We're off to an expo on sat and so might meet some companies there but just wondered if any of you expats knew of any tips??! Do the company if they sponsor you do all the visa's and paperwork etc? Any advice will be great as its like a mind field searching online!! Very exciting though! :jiggy:Thanks, Sam
  6. Skills Australia has now published - at Skills Australia - explanations for the inclusion of occupations on the Skilled Occupation List and explanations for the exclusion of many others (Skills Australia , for example "Software Testers", see http://www.skillsaustralia.gov.au/PDFs_RTFs/SOL/2613SoftwareandApplicationsProgrammers.pdf . The justification contains the following comment: Software and Applications Programmers nec have not been included on the SOL.  This occupation comprises software testers, and made up 5 per cent of the unit group’s employment at the 2006 Census.  It is considered less skilled than the other occupations in this unit group, which are Analyst Programmers, Developer Programmers and Software Engineers.  Only 56 per cent of 56 per cent of software testers had a bachelor degree or higher compared with an average of 73 per cent for the other three occupations. My suggestion is that anyone adversely affected by exclusion from the SOL will need to address this kind of issue if they want to be back in the SOL in the future. Cheers, George Lombard.
  7. Rules skew student choice 21 Oct 2009 The submissions from universities to the Bradley review presented a self-serving view of education. Their submissions painted the education and immigration nexus as though it were some insidious evil, but they love the fees students generate for their institutions. The submissions to the review seem to have the objective of diverting students from the vocational education stream to the higher education stream but seem to have little to do with the needs of the nation. Australia went through a recent period when the social worth of a skilled tradesman was considered less than the worth of a university graduate. That was a retrograde period in our society and we now find our school-leavers disinclined to take a trades program, believing it is somehow better to attend a university. This has created a deficiency in the skills base of this country. The study-immigration route is a reasonable way for Australia to manage its immigration program and address the future skills needed by this country. We need a growing, educated, young and skilled workforce. The vocational education route is a smart way to produce a young and ambitious workforce. We have a skilled occupation list, nominating occupations that are acceptable for migration to Australia. It may be imperfect but it does direct attention to the needs of the country. The problem for vocational education is selecting the course or program of study that will deliver students and graduates into the appropriate occupation. The higher education sector points to the concentration of vocational education students in cooking and hairdressing programs. Let the universities examine the concentration of students in their accounting and information technology programs. The concentrations come from identical causes. I propose this simple test for those who criticise the bias in the courses studied in the vocational education scheme. Let the critics select a course of study that leads to an occupation on the skilled occupation list. That sounds pretty simple. Seek advice from the government authority established to assess the skills of graduates from the vocational education sector, Trades Recognition Australia. Simply ask that body what the TRA test or procedure is for assessing a course of study as suitable for a particular skilled occupation. Experience has shown that TRA simply does not know what its tests are. It has told me to me ask theTAFE sector; that is a clear evasion of its responsibility. TRA is expected to perform the skills assessment; it cannot delegate that to the TAFE colleges. Try to figure out the relevant competency package requirements for a favourable skills assessment. Visit the National Training Information Service website. It is a highly difficult process to figure out what course a student who wishes to become an electrical tradesperson should study. When all these questions have been asked and no reasonable answers found, ask why so many international students come to Australia to study as cooks or hairdressers. It is simply that to match any other occupation with an appropriate program of study is insurmountably difficult. So overseas education agents who have a breathtaking source of potential skilled tradespeople - all willing and eager to undertake a course of study if that is what is required to migrate to Australia - are reduced to offering the students a course in commercial cookery or hairdressing because it is too difficult to figure out what else they can be offered. Students seeking to migrate via the vocational education route are required to provide evidence of 900 hours of work experience relevant to their nominated occupation. When everyone is studying cooking or hairdressing, how can they get a part-time job in that occupation? Ask TRA how to determine from what occupation on the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations a student should provide evidence of their 900 hours. TRA doesn't know. And it doesn't know how it would assess the work experience (or, if it does know, it intends to keep that a state secret). Regulators have failed our nation and the needs of our booming economy and failed our international student market. If the regulators want to reduce the concentration of vocational education students in the few well publicised courses, then let them provide a way for education agents and migration agents to guide students to an appropriate course ofstudy and advise on appropriate work experience. It is not that the agents are cheating; the incredibly complex system leaves them no way to find another appropriate course. Ask the higher education sector where its international students are concentrated. The answer is simply accounting because that is easy for education agents to identify as qualifying their ambitious young clients for permanent residence in Australia. The university pot is calling the vocational education kettle black. :notworthy:John Findley is an education counsellor and migration agent for schools, TAFE colleges anduniversities. Source: The Australian
  8. Guest

    Advice on partners work choices

    Hi, I hope someone out there can offer us some advice. I am a nurse, and have been formally offered a position in queensland. Our house is going on the market, and as soon as we have a sale agreed, we will be in a position to go. My husband is 48 and we have two children aged two and six. We don't have any criminal history etc, I suppose I'd say we are of "good character", so are there likely to be any issues with our visa application? Also, my husband has been in retail for 20 years, but in the last five years has been involved in building and refurbishment jobs. Will it be necessary for him to provide any evidence of work experience, tax returns etc as part of the visa application.? I think that he is seeking to find a retail position, or set up a retail consultancy type of business. Any advice would be very welcome indeed. Regards, Eve
  9. Guest

    Mature Age Student choices.

    Hi, go easy on me I am a pomsinOz Virgin!! We are in the middle of applying for my husbands AQF111 as he is a wall and floor tiler, which will then hopefully enable us to get our visa application completed and moved forward. However, whilst my husband has been in his trade for 20 years, I, after having children and wanting to change my career have decided I would love to go back to school and get some qualifications to enable me to be a teacher (primary school). I have no A levels or existing degrees and do not really know where to start. I have spoken to The Emigration Group who are dealing with our Application who have advised me that I will need a batchelors which takes 4 years. This is fine, but I still have not got a clue where to go to find out info or find which is the best place to go. We are hoping to move to somewhere around Adelaide probably south of near Happy Valley Way? Of course I have not sorted the children's schools or anything yet and seem fairly confident about enrolling them, it's just I know nothing about exams past GCSE level, or education past secondary school. Is there anyone out there that could give me a little advice or point me in the right direction on how to find a good adult education Uni that provides a good teaching traning course/qualifications that I need to move forward. That said, once that is completed, how easy is it to get a job teaching in a primary school? What is the salary like and obviously the hours, as I still want to be able to be there for my children? Any advise given would be absolutely fantastic. Many thanks in anticipation:twitcy:
  10. Toni-girl

    University choices - help!

    Hi, I've recently made some applications to several uni's with the hope of studying for a masters in accountancy. Sod's law that i've been accepted (albeit conditionally) into 4 of them and now I don't know which is the best. My choices so far are Central Queensland Uni, Uni of Southern Queensland, Uni of Sunshine Coast and Southern Cross Uni. Any advice on which is the better one, be it for education/ location etc would be much appreciated as I'm going in blind!
  11. PommyPaul


  12. Guest

    tough choices!

    Hello y'all! Wow, what can I say...this is quite a rollercoaster ride! I was certain that Perth was the ideal place for us, but now I am a little unsure. Friends have returned recently from Oz and really didn't like it. Too many Poms apparently:jiggy:. Also, I am a bit worried about the isolation of the place. But I am loving the looks of thw weather!!!! I also eyeballed Brisbane/Gold coast. I am in midwifery and qld is rumoured to be a centre of excellence? anyone help with this? I would love midwifery led--not into the high tech stuff. Please....any advice and honesty would be so greatly apprciated!!!!
  13. Guest

    Too many choices

    Hi All, I am truly in a dilema and am going dizzy travelling around in circles. After meeting my future boss in Sydney he has now given me the choice of Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane as a base(originally it was just Brisbane). Now im not the best at making decisions at the best of times let alone when it involves moving a family to the other side of the world!!! I have all but ruled out Sydney after my visit but liked Brisbane and unfortunately didnt get to see Melbourne. I know the weather in Brisbane is very hot all year and the idea of a house with pool is what makes it appealing. Is it a reality in Melbourne? Does anyone have opinions on the Sanctuary Lakes area between Melbourne/Geelong? Mant thanks Steve:unsure:
  14. Guest

    Life's Choices...

    To all Sydneysiders!!! I am requesting your views as immigrants in Sydney. I have a huge dilemma I am faced with. I am a Pom. I have Australian residency. I lived on the West Coast for 4 years. I left for personal reasons. In order to keep my residency I must return to Australia within a year...that was always the plan. As things have progressed I decided I could probably only live in Sydney. As beautiful as the West Coast is, and it really is, for me it is even more isolated than the fact that Australia is isolated (I'm a big traveller). So here's my dilemma.... I am currently living and working in Miami, USA... but the plan was still always to return to Oz. I have been offered a 4 year contract here, which in my mind basically means I make a life choice of do I stay here and lose out on Oz or do I leave here and move to Sydney. So I'm asking you guys for advice in terms of your honest views of what is great about living in Sydney and what is not great about living there. Property prices? The job market? Standard of living? Social side of things etc.... Any views and opinions you could give me I'm all ears!!!! Thanks to you all Kelly