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1. Posted by kiri72 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Can anyone help??? I have just finished my training on the 3-year diploma in midwifery course and am hoping to start a new life in Australia.

I was born in New Zealand and have the dual citizenship so visa's etc I don't need to worry about, but where is the best place to start?

Do I need experience behind me, or am I able to get a post newly qualified?

How do I contact hospitals/birth centres in Australia. I've tried contact details on internet and been unsuccessful and only get postal addressess. Is it best to write from the UK?

And can anyone else help in all the other matters, like where is the best place to live and how do I go about purchasing a house? I was planning on going to Brisbane area, is this the best place to go?

Sorry it's loads of questions, but hope someone can help!!!

2. Posted by blitz (Budding Member 47 posts) 10y

I think qualified nurses are always in demand !
You can look in the Saturday papers or online at the various websites. Try seek.com.au or search for an agency that specialises in the medical field.

I don't think you'll have a problem finding work here at the moment, the economy is good, and all that sort of stuff :)

Being in Melbourne, it is a very cosmopolitan vibe here, lots of cafes and stuff. It's always rated one of the most livable cities in the world :)
Brisbane is a wonderful city too, beach culture and good warm weather guaranteed.

3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

Have a look at:

http://www.nursing.com.au/

and

http://www.anmc.org.au/

4. Posted by kiri72 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Thank you very much for your replies, been very helpful.
Can I also ask another silly question? I am really hoping to take my car over as well (been as it's only 7 months old). Is this easy to arrange? :)

5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

It wouldn't be worth it. Like the UK, second hand cars here are quite inexpensive, and don't forget that you'll have either:

1. the cost of transporting it back to the UK; or
2. the hassle of selling a "UK import" car that not too many people will want.