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Pharmacists - how did you find supervised practise? Recruitment tips?

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15 hours ago, Lia said:

Thanks a lot! I'm just worried that I won't be able to find anywhere to do my supervised practice!

yeah...that's our worry as well because that's akin to finding a job and we are heading to Perth early next year...not the rosiest for job hunters for the moment

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On 15/08/2017 at 16:16, leeeekiat said:

well, seems like the next step is to get any form of work and your new line manager will be your supervisor.  The charter will then decide how long would be deemed relevant and also if you need to sit an oral exam after your supervised period.  i would recommend doing past papers...just that the model answers are outdated, so don't get so hung up on them and just refer to the latest BNF for the correct answer..if that 

 

7 hours ago, leeeekiat said:

yeah...that's our worry as well because that's akin to finding a job and we are heading to Perth early next year...not the rosiest for job hunters for the moment

 

Yeah I don't think it's the best for pharmacists anywhere right now!

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On 16 May 2017 at 13:14, jdad84 said:

Bit of a long overdue update...After registration I worked for 6 months in that post. I applied for a position in regional far north Queensland (FNQ) and gained sponsorship...which after a year my employer supported my application for permanent residency.

I've now been in FNQ for 2 years - my previous advice still stands... regional/rural positions provide well paid opportunities - where Australian pharmacists would rather not be.

City-based retail pharmacy has an oversupply...wages have deflated and I certainly would not choose to migrate here again if I were the sole breadwinner to support my family on a city pharmacist wage.

Hospital pharmacy on the other hand has better remuneration. I have hosted some uni pharmacy students at my pharmacy and the feedback I've heard is that competition is fierce. Again rural opportunities would be the place I'd look.

Overall I have no regrets for making the move or where my career is now and am very happy here in FNQ.

Jamie



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Its so good to hear of your experience jdad84, I am aiming to start the whole process at the end of this year and finding it very dificult to get much information online from people who have done it before so I found this forum really useful! Thanks so much for sharing!

For anyone else going through the process, can you give updates like jdad84 did when you get settled over in AUS? I am open to working anywhere really, my boyfriend is a GP and is eager to work in more rural areas so its good to know its easier to get jobs in places like that! Because that was my main concern.

I was also just wondering if those who are in aus found it worth all the money and exams etc? Our plan is to go for 2 years.. do you think that is too litte?? cause I could always work in industry too if needed.

Thanks

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2 hours ago, Merl said:

Its so good to hear of your experience jdad84, I am aiming to start the whole process at the end of this year and finding it very dificult to get much information online from people who have done it before so I found this forum really useful! Thanks so much for sharing!

For anyone else going through the process, can you give updates like jdad84 did when you get settled over in AUS? I am open to working anywhere really, my boyfriend is a GP and is eager to work in more rural areas so its good to know its easier to get jobs in places like that! Because that was my main concern.

I was also just wondering if those who are in aus found it worth all the money and exams etc? Our plan is to go for 2 years.. do you think that is too litte?? cause I could always work in industry too if needed.

Thanks

If you are only planning on going for two years, it is unlikely to justify the costs. The visa costs are a drop in the ocean of migrating. 

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9 hours ago, Merl said:

I am open to working anywhere really, my boyfriend is a GP and is eager to work in more rural areas so its good to know its easier to get jobs in places like that! Because that was my main concern.

I was also just wondering if those who are in aus found it worth all the money and exams etc? Our plan is to go for 2 years.. do you think that is too litte?? cause I could always work in industry too if needed.

I'd say two years is not enough.  There are a lot of hidden costs in migrating - you've got to give away your current furniture, or sell it for peanuts (or perhaps put it in storage, which is an extra cost), then when you get to Australia you've got the cost of replacing the lot (you won't find a furnished rental flat, you'll have to provide all your own stuff).  I was surprised how much it cost just to replace pots and pans, bed linen, and all the other little stuff!   Alternatively, you could ship it all over - which costs a few thousand, of course.  Then when you come back, you'll have to do it all in reverse.   To get your money's worth, I'd be aiming for a bit longer.


Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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General update for would be pharmacists to OZ, missus just arrived last week and managed to secure an internship with a local chemist in the Sydney CBD, which she applied for via Seek just 2 weeks ago, although, they seems to have put a lot of weight on our rented location in their decision to hire her.  Confusion now over the duration of her internship to gain full recognition as both the APC and PBA were both unable to ascertain the time she requires under stream B.

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Thats good news Leeeekiat, keep the updates coming! I find them very interesting, glad to hear she found it easy enough to get an internship!

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Hi, 

just quickly, apart from the AMH, BNF and APF did anyone use any other reference materials for the exam?

 

thanks

Lia

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Wow finally some information, it’s been so hard to hear from anyone who’s been through the move. I’m currently preparing for the CAOP for August. It’s all a bit daunting, finding its taking me too long to get through the past papers, calculations are alright but still getting familiad with the AMH/APF. 

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Thank you very much for the updates!!

I'm planning to take the exam in December to give myself more time to prepare. 

On 02/05/2018 at 07:49, leeeekiat said:

General update for would be pharmacists to OZ, missus just arrived last week and managed to secure an internship with a local chemist in the Sydney CBD, which she applied for via Seek just 2 weeks ago, although, they seems to have put a lot of weight on our rented location in their decision to hire her.  Confusion now over the duration of her internship to gain full recognition as both the APC and PBA were both unable to ascertain the time she requires under stream B.

Congratulations! :D Sounds promising, I hope she likes the working environment there! :) May I know which visa your missus is on to carry out the internship?

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15 hours ago, hbh02 said:

Thank you very much for the updates!!

I'm planning to take the exam in December to give myself more time to prepare. 

Congratulations! ? Sounds promising, I hope she likes the working environment there! ? May I know which visa your missus is on to carry out the internship?

She's adjusting to how the dispensing system works here and mentioned it will take 3 weeks to be back at the level she was in London.  Colleagues are friendly but too busy to be chatting and everyone leaves at 6 on the dot.  She is here as my dependent and i am here on a 189. 

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Any updates Leeeekiat? has she settled in ok? Im looking to start the process now in December! From her percepetion, does it seem relatively easy enough to get jobs once over there?

Thanks ?

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So far so good, as mentioned above, she got an intern role in a local pharmacy within a week of arrival and just heard back from aphra stipulating 1 month supervised intern/pre registration/work before they will provide full registration, which is the minimum time and will be required to take both oral exams to by fully registered, this will vary case by case and based on her having 10 + years as a senior hospital clinical pharmacist in the UK

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Question for JDAD84 and leeeekiat. Im a US pharmacist and my skills assessment was just completed by the APC. Im really happy that Ive stumbled across this thread. can either of you provide some insight on the absolute best references to study from that are most relevant for the CAOP exam? Im scheduled to take it in July. I have all the suggested texts but it looks like a ton to sort through. Need to make it more streamlined and focused. Thanks a bunch!

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Hi all, 

thanks to all posters for this thread. Its been very useful.

Can anyone help me find more CAOP exam sample papers to practice? The APC website had 3 or 4 sample papers when i checked in 2017 but didn't save, as I wrongly assumed they would be there in the future. They've removed those in 2018 and now there is only have one paper to practice with!

thanks

Hai

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hi I am taking July exam. How did the December one go? Would you advise to tag as much as the AMH as possible to help navigate for the exam? Any help/guidance would be great!

On 21/06/2018 at 21:14, hbh02 said:

Thank you very much for the updates!!

I'm planning to take the exam in December to give myself more time to prepare. 

Congratulations! 😄 Sounds promising, I hope she likes the working environment there! 🙂 May I know which visa your missus is on to carry out the internship?

 

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On 03/07/2019 at 22:02, Haister said:

Hi all, 

thanks to all posters for this thread. Its been very useful.

Can anyone help me find more CAOP exam sample papers to practice? The APC website had 3 or 4 sample papers when i checked in 2017 but didn't save, as I wrongly assumed they would be there in the future. They've removed those in 2018 and now there is only have one paper to practice with!

thanks

Hai

what's your email address I can send you an extra CAOP sample I have

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Yes I'll be sitting it next week.

I've private messaged you the address

Many thanks

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