JobyJo

We have finally arrived!

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    After a long 2 years of planning, the dream came true and we landed at Perth airport on 7th September, tired and excited.

    We were fortunate enough to stay with friends for the first 4 days before moving into a holiday let for 10 days.  The last 10 days have been manic (and expensive) but I finally feel we are getting there and settling in already.

    So here's what we have done in the last 10 days:

    Bought a car, enrolled children into school, medicare and Centrelink visit complete, GP sorted, kids started althletics and enrolled at hockey club, found a rental for the next 12 months (slightly above budget but its lovely and has a pool so kids happy!), bought furniture for new rental, sorted broadband and insurance, DH had successful job interview....and on top of this have managed trips to the beach, an afternoon in Kings Park, and a visit to Perth city. 

    So far, so good.....

    I still have an issue with my nursing registration but that seems an ongoing saga!

    Overall, we are all feeling settled.   I cannot stress how helpful and friendly people are here.  Nothing seems a problem and everyone we have met has offered advice or contact numbers.

    Onwards and upwards.....

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    What a whirlwind, glad you're starting to settle and hope the registration comes through soon. Congrats to your hubby on his interview.

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    Yay! Welcome to Perth, where is your rental? Well done to hubby on successful interview, takes some pressure off.  Your first couple of weeks sound like ours, pretty full on but very productive and exciting.

    Here's to your new life in Oz, enjoy! Xx

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    We are in Connolly @Jen78. Where are you? All seems good so far. Container arrived in port yesterday so once that arrives with us it will feel a bit more like home. Haven't had any negative experiences yet - apart from nursing registration but as you say, pressure off a bit with DH working. 

    Jx

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    We're in Willetton, so quite a way from you. If you ever fancy a meet up for a coffee and natter, wander round the shops, perhaps Perth would be an idea? Pm me if interested x

    Having all your belongings around will make it feel like home, its a great feeling unpacking everything. A bit surreal to begin with though! Have fun exploring your new home Jen x

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    Hi

    we arrived 2/9 like you guys very busy.

    Have car sorted and long term rental, registered for medi care.

    one question...how do you register with GP?

     

    Jane.

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    1 hour ago, Murrayfamily said:

    Hi

    we arrived 2/9 like you guys very busy.

    Have car sorted and long term rental, registered for medi care.

    one question...how do you register with GP?

     

    Jane.

    Hi, and welcome.

    If you go to healthengine.com.au you can search for a gp in your area, some have reviews. Once you've found one, just go in and ask to register and they'll give you a form to fill in. You'll need your medicare number.

    You don't have to do it in advance, you can register when you go in for your first appointment, and you can see different GPS at different practices. You'd just need to fill out a new form.

    There may be a Facebook community group for your suburb, you could ask for recommendations on there.

    Hope this helps

    Jen x

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    Thank you Jen, that's really helpful. We are in the Mandurah area.

    When we registered for Medicare they sent an email saying that it can take 6 weeks for our number to come through, so hopefully it will not be that long as we will need a GP for medication.

     

    Jane.

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    We did ours at a centrelink and got our numbers there and then on a temporary print out and had to wait for our cards in the post. Maybe you could find out from a centrelink what your numbers are quicker if you need them?

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    Just a note guys... you do not have to register with a GP in Australia as you do in UK.   You can go to any GP you want... well unless they say they have too many patients and won't accept you.   So if you find the first GP you see doesn't suit you, just keep shopping away for a GP.   Took us 3 or 4 tries before we found someone we felt comfortable with.  

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    31 minutes ago, Rossmoyne said:

    Just a note guys... you do not have to register with a GP in Australia as you do in UK.   You can go to any GP you want... well unless they say they have too many patients and won't accept you.   So if you find the first GP you see doesn't suit you, just keep shopping away for a GP.   Took us 3 or 4 tries before we found someone we felt comfortable with.  

    Absolutely, I'm on my 3rd GP's and what a gem she is .. a no nonsense Indian lady who is brilliant - doesn't mess around and the bonus is that it's a bulk billing practise.

    I had been happy with our last GP to a point but a couple of things with my hubby and my not feeling they were thorough enough made me change.  I live in Leeming and now go to Canning Vale (next suburb).

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    On 9/23/2017 at 15:24, JobyJo said:

    We are in Connolly @Jen78. Where are you? All seems good so far. Container arrived in port yesterday so once that arrives with us it will feel a bit more like home. Haven't had any negative experiences yet - apart from nursing registration but as you say, pressure off a bit with DH working. 

    Jx

    I am also in Connolly, if you need to know anything local just message me.  Been here 12 years so I am quite familiar with the area.

     

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    On 23/09/2017 at 08:24, JobyJo said:

    We are in Connolly @Jen78. Where are you? All seems good so far. Container arrived in port yesterday so once that arrives with us it will feel a bit more like home. Haven't had any negative experiences yet - apart from nursing registration but as you say, pressure off a bit with DH working. 

    Jx

    Whats the problem with your nurse registration @JobyJo ????

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    On 05/10/2017 at 03:25, beandownunder said:

    Whats the problem with your nurse registration @JobyJo ????

    Ahpra said that my transcript of training and letter from NMC about medicine management is not enough (yet others I know have only sent that too). I have sent them everything they requested certified even a syllabus of my training programme signed by the university. They have my degree certificate plus a whole bunch of other stuff. Apparently I have to do the bridging programme ($16000) before they will give me registration. 

    I have to decide now if I want to pay or give up on my 20 year nursing career! 😥

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    On 02/10/2017 at 21:11, Arwen said:

    I am also in Connolly, if you need to know anything local just message me.  Been here 12 years so I am quite familiar with the area.

     

    Thank you. Seems a really nice area.  

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    6 hours ago, JobyJo said:

    Ahpr a said that my transcript of training and letter from NMC about medicine management is not enough (yet others I know have only sent that too). I have sent them everything they requested certified even a syllabus of my training programme signed by the university. They have my degree certificate plus a whole bunch of other stuff. Apparently I have to do the bridging programme ($16000) before they will give me registration. 

    I have to decide now if I want to pay or give up on my 20 year nursing career! 😥

    Sounds a bit harsh!   Is there any avenue for you to request they review their assessment?

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    On 07/10/2017 at 01:25, JobyJo said:

    Ahpra said that my transcript of training and letter from NMC about medicine management is not enough (yet others I know have only sent that too). I have sent them everything they requested certified even a syllabus of my training programme signed by the university. They have my degree certificate plus a whole bunch of other stuff. Apparently I have to do the bridging programme ($16000) before they will give me registration. 

    I have to decide now if I want to pay or give up on my 20 year nursing career! 😥

    oh no @JobyJo thats awful ! I am about to submit my application for midwifery. I hope they don't tell me I have to do a bridging programme .....hope it all works out for you...x

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    Good luck @beandownunder  I really hope it works out for you. When I spoke to the lady who rubs the course she said they are always fully booked full of English or Irish nurses. Having said that I know a few that have got their registration so it's all a bit nonsensical really. 

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    4 hours ago, JobyJo said:

    Good luck @beandownunder  I really hope it works out for you. When I spoke to the lady who rubs the course she said they are always fully booked full of English or Irish nurses. Having said that I know a few that have got their registration so it's all a bit nonsensical really. 

    @JobyJo how long did it take for them to make the decision? TIA x

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    There were quite a few issues with my application and the chap who dealt with my application left so that put a delay on it. 6 months in total for them to refuse it! 

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    2 hours ago, JobyJo said:

    There were quite a few issues with my application and the chap who dealt with my application left so that put a delay on it. 6 months in total for them to refuse it! 

    How frustrating for you @JobyJo I really hope it works out for you  -maybe see you in WA soon x

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