No worries Kim, it is a pleasure to help...or try anyway!!
As far as the payscale goes (I am assuming you are an RN)
we have incremental rises per year until the 8th year of service and then it remains at that rate. 8th year and thereafter in my state of New South Wales is currently $23.59 per hour. This is the rate I am on, and sounds like what you would be too. An enrolled nurse (LPN) makes $16.12 per hour after 4 years of service and then stays at that rate.
No there is no medical or dental benefits provided by the employer anywhere I have worked. But remember we have a public hospital health system so public hospital care is free. Private medical insurance is available but is optional. Dentists are all private....which in my opinion sucks!!!!!
Not sure how it works with people from overseas though???????????
As far as reccommended hospitals I will leave that to MHN if he ever gets back!!!!!!
I have done some psych nursing up north and loved it but do not have enough variety of psych experience to venture any educated opinion.
It is a beautiful and friendly country here Kim, I am sure you would enjoy coming here.
Keep asking Kim, I will try not to lead you astray!!! hehe