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'You need to be ready for those feelings of missing home'

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For neonatal nurse Chris Galloway, the move from the UK last year has provided her with a whole new lifestyle.

“You can make yourself a great life for yourself here. I love the sunshine and the outdoors. There are beautiful places to eat and drink – the food is amazing!”

On the nursing front, Chris has been employed at a small suburban maternity hospital but will soon start work at the new Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth’s south. The hospital is the flagship facility of an unprecedented $7 billion investment in health infrastructure currently underway in Western Australia.

“I am really looking forward to more challenging work at Fiona Stanley Hospital,” Chris said.

“I work with a fantastic team here and with all of us going to the new hospital it will be a great experience.

But Chris also added a word of caution for those considering the move to Australia.

“Even though I have enjoyed the wonderful lifestyle here, I really miss home and it is difficult to be away from family and friends. You need to be ready for those feelings of missing home,” she said.

While wanting to encourage nurses and midwives to apply to work in Western Australia, WA Health advises against moving to Australia without having your registration granted and a firm job offer in place. WA Health will only offer employment to people who have met the registration requirements and have the in-demand experience and skills.

While some nurses and midwives from overseas have experienced issues with registration, you can reduce your risk of the same issues if you register your interest through the WA Health International Workforce Supply Bureau rather than navigating through the process independently or via recruitment agencies.

For further information about nursing and midwifery opportunities in WA, go to www.wago.co.uk and follow the Migration - Opportunities for Health Professionals links. You can also send your enquiries to nurses@wago.co.uk  

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