Australia or New Zealand? - page 2

by star17

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hi guys..:) i'm a registered nurse and i just passed my ielts exam last november 2011..right now, i'm quite having a hard time deciding where to file my applicatin..should it be in australia or in new zealand?..may be some of... Read More


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    I am loving it here in NZ and have no desire to move to OZ. I hate bugs, really hot weather, too many people over there for us and a few other reasons.
    My family and I moved here for th elifestyle and we are loving it so far.
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    Does Australia and new Zealand hire lpn/lvn's, what is the hourly rate? Could I go on a work visa for six months or so?
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    You could only have a holiday work visa in Australia if you came from countries that are given this right, UK Canada, USA Ireland, Singapore, no way would you get permanent residency as EN's are not on the skilled shortage list.

    Have no idea the hourly rate in NZ for their EN's.
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    I came to NZ from the USA over 8 years ago. I would recommend Australia for many reasons: better pay, more opportunity, far wealthier country than NZ and as an Australian permanent resident, you can live and work in NZ without a visa (the opposite is not true). Once you are registered as a nurse in either Australia or NZ it is very easy to register in the other country (quite expensive to register in Australia these days). NZ is a small country and advancing up the career ladder can be difficult for immigrants. I worked in Australia about 5 years ago and really liked it and found Australians to be fun and outgoing. Kiwis are more reserved.
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    Quote from aflack41
    Does Australia and new Zealand hire lpn/lvn's, what is the hourly rate? Could I go on a work visa for six months or so?
    Hi there,

    OZ has enrolled nurses, endorsed enrolled nurses (can give PO medication), assistants in nursing and registered nurses. Not sure on payrates but our enrolled nurses seem to think it's fair, and live comfortably.
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    Quote from aklgap
    I came to NZ from the USA over 8 years ago. I would recommend Australia for many reasons: better pay, more opportunity, far wealthier country than NZ and as an Australian permanent resident, you can live and work in NZ without a visa (the opposite is not true). Once you are registered as a nurse in either Australia or NZ it is very easy to register in the other country (quite expensive to register in Australia these days). NZ is a small country and advancing up the career ladder can be difficult for immigrants. I worked in Australia about 5 years ago and really liked it and found Australians to be fun and outgoing. Kiwis are more reserved.
    I just wanted to agree with all the comments in this post and say thankyou for saying aussies are fun! My kiwi friend just returned from NZ to OZ because the pay here is exceptionally higher. I love NZ and considered working in QT but my paycheck was going to reduce by around $30,000 a year.
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    Yeah I would love to move to Australia or NZ one day. I am thinking how much savings do you have? I am from the US and life can be stressful here but from what I have seen from the forums we get paid hourly more here. Medical insurance is tough here and expensive at the same time. Stress can increase our health problems. Also how is the treatment of immigrants to a foreign country. Does Australia or NZ have free medical like in Canada? Am just curious. One day down the road as a new nurse I will settle down close to your guys!
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    In Australia and I am sure in New Zealand, we are very stressed as nurses at times as well. Not sure what answers you need from your post?
    1. Work as a nurse in Australia, I am sure is just as stressful as that of any nurse in equal specialty, as in the USA.
    2. Savings is non existant for most these days as our taxes, we are told, are the highest in the world.
    3. We are also told our cost of living is one of the highest in the world, and it feels like that when trying to stretch the budget.
    4. yes, we have what you call 'free'health care at a cost in the public arena, if it is not life threatening then you are put on a waiting list which may take 1-5 years depending on the condition. Dental however is not free and dental work is extremely expensive, hence high rate of dentists, in depression (probably through moral distress of over charging).
    Waiting times in ED departments vary from 2 hours to 2 days.
    If you want to pay private health, and go to private hospitals, then that is a different matter, those who can afford to pay have extremely higher health outcomes, than those of us on the 'free' system, (employers do not pay private health insurance - you must find the money)

    6. It is a wonderful country, and was free at one stage, but now one must be political correct at all times so not to offend any immigrants, so I suppose it is great country to emigrate to. All of the population has at some time or their families, most stay, some go back home.
    This is Australia, I do not know about New Zealand which is a different country.
    Last edit by ceridwyn on Jan 20
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    Quote from New2Nursing14'
    Yeah I would love to move to Australia or NZ one day. I am thinking how much savings do you have? I am from the US and life can be stressful here but from what I have seen from the forums we get paid hourly more here. Medical insurance is tough here and expensive at the same time. Stress can increase our health problems. Also how is the treatment of immigrants to a foreign country. Does Australia or NZ have free medical like in Canada? Am just curious. One day down the road as a new nurse I will settle down close to your guys!
    Hate to burst your bubble, but Canada doesn't have "free medical".

    We pay a lot of taxes for universal healthcare.
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    Quote from Fiona59
    Hate to burst your bubble, but Canada doesn't have "free medical".

    We pay a lot of taxes for universal healthcare.
    Same goes for the UK. Everyone thinks it is free when really we pay a lot for the privilege.


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