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  1. OK, here we go! Where do I start? Firstly I need to be careful. my wife's a 'Strayan, so I don't want to be too rude. That said...... We'll have been here (Geelong) 2 years in september, so I feel that i speak with some insight. Hopefully by getting this bile out of my system I'll feel much better. 1. Making friends: why is this so bloody difficult? I regard myself as a reasonably normal person (in his late 30's) who likes a laugh. Here I feel like I'm in the land of the living dead! Many of the blokes I've met and socialised with..well, we kind of speak the same language but its like there's nothing there. Irony, what's that? To cap things of, yesterday I met someone who'd been here 43 years, and he's still having difficulty trying to make friends! Gulp. 2. AFL: I find it bizarre and baffling how everyone young and old male and female alike, seems obsessed by this sport which is let's face it, irrelevant outside of Australia. Oh, the looks you get when asked what team 'ya barrack for', and answer NONE ACTUALLY. It's like you've just spat on their mother's grave. 3. Pubs: I had the misfortune of having a beer at a typical Aussie pub the other day. It was like stepping into Hades...walls covered with TV screens, TAB counter, pokies as far as the eye could see, leery blokes (unfortunately some from my ex cricket club). Why not just call it a seedy betting shop (where you also buy ridiculous little pots of beer)? Yes I've been to other pubs less scary than this but I mention it as one of the blokes I was with described it as a 'crusty local'..I had images of a grandfather clock ticking in the corner, a labrador sleeping by the fire, and an old fella in a cloth cap singing to himself in Gaelic. 4. Australian Men: I had a pretty good idea a very long time ago that this species is probably one of the dullest in creation..but I just didn't believe it, surely I was unlucky. They can't all be strong silent (mute) types, who leave all the talking to the Sheilas. No they really are. Its OK if you are an outdoorsy surfing footy playing type, and have had brain cells knocked off progressively over the years. But try a bit of banter, a bit of humour..oh dear oh dear. I think my joining above mentioned cricket club galvanised my opinion: off-the-field conversation revolves around, er..footy, beer, bigoted racial stereotypes (I hear what you're saying about the pot calling the kettle black), eg all poms are poofters, bigoted opinions on the world, ie everywhere outside Australia is crap..blah blah blah yawn, next 5. Australian TV: I can only tolerate ABC or SBS, and that's only in short bursts, and sadly that is mostly British content. Enough said. 6. Australian Culture: Let's face it, there isn't any. It's an anti-culture, seemingly revelling in all that is crass. There is a celebration of bogun behaviour, eg wearing slippers and pyjamas at the supermarket (WTF), wearing white socks when not doing exercise (!!), its like there are so many Paul Calfs around. Even the politicians try to muscle in on the act, calling every one mate, and trying to be all working class. Grow up. If you're wondering what I'm talking about, think back to the Sydney Olympics closing ceremony, when they celebrated the Hills Hoist (something you hang your washing on)..good grief. 7. Australian Spirit: they think they are the only ones who can show a bit of grit. Everyone likes to see themselves as a 'little battler', which is ironic as they step into their massive Ford Territory to drive 500m down the road to buy milk, then head off home to watch (rubbish) telly on a 52inch plasma. Try sitting in a traffic jam on the M25 for 3 hours, trying to catch a plan out of heathrow. That takes grit. There is also an unsettling sameness about everything. Your accent is the same whether you live in Tassie or NT. you either drive a ford or a holden. The shops look the same, the streets look the same, everywhere. Everyone over a certain age raves on about crap bands that have never been heard of elsewhere..Skyhooks, Hunters and collectors, Cold Chisel. And said bands are the soundtrack to their lives. If you've been in Kuta Bali on NYE, I think you'll know what i mean. I'm not feeling better yet
  2. Hi There! Im currently studying for a sports therapy degree here in the UK, i was wondering whether there are many job opportunities in oz for us? whether my qualification will be allowed or will i have to gain a australian qualification? any information would be great!! thank you :biggrin:
  3. Is anybody already or thinking of training in natural therapies in Perth? I would like to train with AIHM in Perth and become a qualified nutritional medicine therapist but wondered how much work there is out there. I will probably train in massage, aromatherapy as well but it seems uni is the way forward for most thing in oz. Thanks.
  4. Hi Everyone! I am currently working as a sport's therapist in the UK and I am looking to work in Australia when I go travelling next year. Will my qualifications be allowed or do I have to gain Australian equivalents? Also, what are the job opportunities like for Sport's Therapists? Any information will be a great help! Thanks
  5. Guest

    Beauty Therapy Courses

    Hi My name is Kerry Im 16 years old and my family are hoping to move out to Melbourne by the end of this year. I was wondering if anyone knew of any good Colleges in Melbourne where i can Study Beauty therapy??? I have done my GCSE's and have just completed my As levels! So does anyone also know what level i would need to apply for at college??? Thanks Kerry
  6. Hi, I've just qualified as an Occupational Therapist but the job market's pretty dire here in the UK for OTs and I was thinking of looking overseas but I've done nothing more yet than think about it. What's the situation like in Australia? I'd appreciate any feedback. I was thinking of going down the working visa route. Thanks, Roland.
  7. Leah31

    Occupational Therapy - COTRB

    Hi, Just wondering if someone can answer my question: I am in the middle of completing my College Of Occupational Therapy Registration Board (COTRB) application form. I am struggling to answer one of the questions (prob straight forward:laugh:): 1. "Name of Person or title of position for verification of couse information". Is this the OT course leader?? or the College of OT?? Any info would be good. Thanks Leah:smile:
  8. Hi guys, just wondering if anyone knows whether ITEC beauty therapy qualifiations are relevant and accepted in oz particulary perth where we going on june. been qualified over 10 years and worked in many roles including my own business for the last 6. Any info much appreciated. Thanking you in advance Helen x :laugh:
  9. Hello everyone. I am a UK trained Occupational Therapist who is planning a move to Melbourne around October time with my husband. I just wondered if there are any other OT's out there that have moved to Australia? If so, what do you think of the different healthcare system? Have made contact with a handful of hospitals to find a job, however, they have all advised me to contact them nearer the time, as they cannot predict their job vacancies. Not sure now whether I should find some locum jobs to start or continue looking for a more permanent post?? I would be really grateful of any advice or further information that may be relevant. Thanks
  10. Hi everyone. Due out soon to Sydney soon on a 457 (via my husband). I am a qualified Occupational Therapist but not sure whether I want to work immediately in this role. Any advice from Ots working or moving to Australia or any advice on careers were I could use the skills I have. My background is mental health and palliative care although feel I need a change for a while at least. I am also quite interested Iin NLP and complimentry therapies - would need to study. Are there any good sites,coleeges etc that anyone knows about which I could do some research on :wub:
  11. Occupational Therapy which is also known as OT, is mainly Focused on the ability to understand the physical and mental disabilities of a person. By this a patients will improve there motor function and reasoning abilities. This program is very useful how can enjoy working with peoples and help them to solve there problems... As part of OT, therapies examine and understand the patient condition thoroughly before designing treatment plans. Thereon treatment plans are created and these are implemented through aides and assistants. The applications of OT are enormous. An example is working with developmentally challenged children or those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Source:-PsychologySchoolsU.com
  12. This might be somewhat off topic but would anyone have any ideas as to how receptive Australia would be to a Clinical Hypnotherapist such as myself? I also teach I.T. to alcohol and drug dependent clients. We're still at the early stages of having qualifications checked by the ACS (my partner is the main applicant). At the moment my partner and I have two definite places in mind: Albury NSW or Emerald VIC. Emerald would be good (but expensive) and Albury I like, but not sure as to how much business I could attract there, and work for my partner might not be so easy to come by (she currently works as Online Art Director and website designer for one of the UK's largest financial institutions). If we do decide on Albury then we'd also be looking at running a B&B as a main part of our income. All thoughts appreciated. Alan
  13. Hi Does anyone know what the average wage is for a beauty therapist in Sydney or brisbane. I am a fully qualified therapist and i have been in the industry for 10 years and have had my own business for 5. Should also look at agency work or better off going direct to a salon or spa? I am looking forward to some responces. Many Thanks
  14. Hello! I'm trying to establish what the job market is like for OT's in the Perth area and in other states within Oz. I understand that OT is detailed on the CSL and MODL lists but I just wondered if there is a need for OT's and whereabouts in Oz. I hope to start the Visa process early next year and would really like a realistic view on the OT job front so I can make an informed decision on which state to apply for sponsorship, etc. Many thanks. :smile:
  15. Am struggling to see how I might gain work as CBT therapist in Oz. It appears that most people practising are clinical psychologists. Would ideally like a position in Perth but would consider Adelaide. Any suggestions anyone?
  16. Guest

    I think I need therapy

    Have spent years waiting to convince my wife to return to Australia - typically she is an Aussie that loves the UK. So now along comes a global recession - always a bonus when looking to move countries. Jeez I got all the luck. Now this afternoon I may have found what I think is my dream opportunity in the UK - well Afghanistan actually. I have always loved taking pictures and as of 4pm today I have been granted the right to be allowed to travel to Afghanistan and attach to a military unit for 6 months to document their stay/fighting etc. My wife (predictably) thinks I have gone mental. Can't understand the desire to do anything other than have a mocca latte and discuss how wonderful village life is (actually darling its as dull as dishwater). I can understand her desire not to see me shot/blown up (have to say its not big on my list of things to do either), so I think the best thing to do is .... go to Afghanistan while she settles in to Australia, and then I can take up a job in IT when I leave Afghanistan. BUT in the back of my mind (and this is where the therapy need comes in) I've read a few of the "unhappy in Oz" posts. Now I'm beginning to think "maybe life in the UK isn't bad, and someone, somewhere will have the balls to tell the spongers to leave". This makes me start to doubt leaving the UK, and I'm wondering if my memories of living in Australia are out of date? Holidays are always a blast - even China was nice. We own our house - no mortgage, have a lot of savings, hoiliday home in Italy blah blah so I am well aware we are incredibly lucky. Life in the UK is OK, and itis for my kids i want to move because long term I think it is completely 100% screwed. I realise there are probably no answers to this dilemma, but all suggestions are welcomed. I'm in Melbourne in August to (in theory) buy a house (luckily I transferred my money out at $2.58 last November). Very theraputic to write it all down. Second time in the past few days. I was doing just fine-ish until this bloody photojournalist assignment cropped up. Or maybe I wasn't.
  17. Guest

    beauty therapy or jewellery

    i am going to oz this time next year and i dont know what career to take i have qualificatin in jewellery and beauty therapy, could anyone please give me some advice on which would be more sucessful for me????
  18. Hiya, Iam 18 and ive just qualified in beauty therapy level 2 & 3. i have also done my hairdressing level 2 which ive had experience in salons. i have also done spray tanning and nail acyrics & fibreglass. I was just wondering if there are many jobs in this industary in perth? thanks xx:cute:
  19. I may have asked this question before but that was some time ago can anyone HELP!!! I am a qualified (NVQ level 3) beauty therapist in the UK and am hoping to continue my career in Oz when we hopefully emigrate to Melbourne/Geelong area hopefully at the end of this year (all being well - house, hubby's job, and exchange rate!!!):wacko: I have been looking on various Oz job websites but they don't give much detail or salary offered. I have emailed a couple but get no response. Is there anyone in P.I.O that are either living in Oz or planning to go that are therapist's and have any information/advice with regards to ease of getting work, salary and is there any type of treatments that is necessary to have. Do you get self-employed (mobile) therapists and are they successful? Joanna (176 visa granted 10/12/08) (Recce trip 2/4/09)
  20. Hi My wife is a therapy radiographer currently working in the uk. we are moving out to oz next june and we havent seen many jobs advertised. So my question is, are there many vacancies that any of yuou know about? we are not looking for one now just want to get a feel for whether or not she will struggle for work. What would be fantastic is if there are any radiotherapists on here!! We will prob be moving to the richmond area nsw after a 6 month stint at wagga wagga nsw. thanks in advance al
  21. Guest

    Therapy radiographers????

    Hi My wife is a therapy radiographer currently working in the uk. we are moving out to oz next june and we havent seen many jobs advertised. So my question is, are there many vacancies that any of yuou know about? we are not looking for one now just want to get a feel for whether or not she will struggle for work. What would be fantastic is if there are any radiotherapists on here!! We will prob be moving to the richmond area nsw after a 6 month stint at wagga wagga nsw. thanks in advance al
  22. I'm currently working in England as a speech and language therapy assistant and have been for the last five years. My family are coming over to melbourne in approximately 3 months - does anyone have info on this type of work over there or give me some of advice on how often jobs arise or a web site for vacancies in this field
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    Beauty Therapy

    HI there Can anyone give me some advice. Here in Oxford i am a self employed Beauty Therpist - I do all beauty treatments including acylic and silk nails. My qualifications are National not international so i am asuming they wont be valied in OZ. Has anyone else had to deal with this. Dont know if i should quickly re train here or do it in Oz. Will they be willing to take me at a college there? Cx:err:
  24. Hi, We are kinda half way through the Visa App process and just wondering, where there would be more demand for Beauty Therapists, Inner City Brisbane or the Gold Coast beach areas??? we deff wanna be in Queensland, but unsure where to live and where the better job opps for me will be as my hubby shouldnt have a prob getting a job in either area????? LOL :wacko:
  25. Hi I wounder if anyone can give me advice I have been looking for employment and job vacancies as a beauty therapy lecturer but are finding it hard to pinpoint what they are called in oz, are they educators or trainers or teachers? Can anyone advise me