I know there have been many posts on this subject before, of which I have read many, however I have ended up getting myself all confused! If I tell you a bit about myself and what I am looking for then perhaps you could help me, it would be really appreciated!!
I am currently here in Aus on a working holiday visa which expires in Feb, I am looking to stay on here but don't want to have to do the 3 months fruit picking and would love to get back into mental health as I miss it! I qualified in the UK in Sept 2009 as a registered Mental Health Nurse at diploma level, in the UK this is the same as a degree qualified nurse at basic level and only effects you when you would like to reach management level. I do additionally have a degree in Psychology which in the UK meant that a diploma in nursing was sufficient for my career path. I have no post-qualification experience as shortly after qualifying my fiance and I left England to go travelling. We spent 4 months is Asia and arrived in Australia in Feb, where we stopped for a while and I worked as a carer as my UK registration was a long, slow process so couldn't register here. I am now on the UK register and am looking to get on the Aus register which I now see has change to a National rather than State register.
What I am looking for:
I am looking to work, probably in the Melbourne area, and would like a position that would be supportive of the fact that I am newly qualified, have been away from the mental health environment for nearly a year and am internationally trained so there will be difference in meds, legalities etc. I have looked into the Graduate Programs but from what I have been told I do not qualify for this, firstly because I am international and also because I am already trained in mental health.
Any advice would be really appreciated.