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Discussion in 'Visas / Migration' started by steema, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. steema

    steema Guest

    Hi I am a newbie so please bear with me. My family and I are moving to Brisbane hopefully at the end of the year. I have got a job at the Mater hospital on the neonatal unit.
    I would appreciate any info regarding working there and the best suburbs to live with two children aged 11 and 2 which is quite close to the hospital been looking at camp hill and mt Gravatt.

    Thanks xx

  2. cal

    cal Super Moderator

    Congratulations on the job offer and welcome to the forum.
    There are lots of nice areas within a reasonable commute to the hospital, too many to list,lol. What most people do is book arrival or holiday accommodation for their first few weeks and in this time have a good drive around to see what areas suit you.
    Bear in mind some suburbs arent great if you need to commute via public transport ,so check this out when you have a shortlist of places.
    Lots of luck with everything
    Cal x
  3. Rudi

    Rudi Relocation Brisbane

    Hello and WELCOME!

    I agree with Cal, we can make suggestions to you, but what suits one person may not suit another. Personally I am not too keen on Mt Gravatt as a place to live. Camp Hill is an older suburb, but I don't know what it's like to live in.

    Maybe have a look at Hawthorne or Bulimba....although they are expensive suburbs to live in.

    Good luck


  4. Martyn Elmore

    Martyn Elmore New Member

    Hi Steema,

    Congrats on the job. My wife works at The Mater as well, but in Intensive Care and she loves it there.

    I agree with Cal and Rudi in so much as renting a place first is usually the best way to go when you arrive, even if it's for 6 months. You will be surprised how quickly the time flies and there is quite a diverse selection of suburbs to choose from. We rented a furnished place in Woolloongabba for 6 months and looked at places such as The Gap, Albany Creek, and Algester before settling on Cleveland. Although it's a 35 min drive to the city, it's on the Bay which is a great plus! There's nowt as strange as folk, so take your time in looking around before you buy.

    The housing market in and around Brisbane is generally in a stagnant/declining state which means that it is a good time to buy, as you will get more for your money than if you had bought a year ago. But as always, research is the key to making the right choice for you. If you have any further particular questions, please PM me.

  5. steema

    steema Guest

    Hi Cal

    Didnt realise you were a fellow northerner from Bolton. We have live in Hindley Green and currently live in Leigh. Just wondering if you could pm me some info regarding the accomodation/services you offer and the costs, we are hoping to locate towards the end of the year not sure of an exact time as awaiting Ahpra registration.

    Many thanks
  6. waowen

    waowen Guest

    Just introducing myself, Elaine and hubby Bill, three children ages 14, 13 & 9 are moving to Brisbane probs October time. Had our 176 visa granted Jan '10 and validated Easter '10. Will be looking to rent for the first 6mths and then hopefully buy, seen how the houses are reducing a bit at the moment which is a good thing. Done some research via internet and areas that I'm looking at are Jimboomba, Varsity Lakes (Varsity College top rating), Helensvale, Oxenford, would like to be near the Gold Coast but heard that the crime rates are a bit higher here, anyone any thoughts on that?? Also Pacific Pines, Forest Lake (moving out a bit further) look to be ok. Away from the coast North Lakes but lack of broadband puts me off a bit, but the schools seem good up here. Its just a minefield at the moment and I guess we won't really know until we get there and experience it a bit. How far in advance do they usually let you make offers on rentals, can't imagine they would let one of their property's stand empty for a few months waiting for us to arrive in Brisbane!! Any ideas from anybody on anything would be a great help. Look forward to chatting to you all. Bye for now.
  7. cal

    cal Super Moderator

  8. shbain

    shbain Guest

    I got a job on the Neonatal unit at Mater only last month, will look forward to meeting you. Hoping to move between January and May depending on APHRA etc. I am moving with my husband and our 3 children. We have been looking around the Redcliffe area to live as I don't mind a bit of a journey, we currently live in North Wales but I work in Liverpool so used to a bit of a journey. Good luck xx
  9. steema

    steema Guest

    Hi shbain
    It really nice too hear from someone in the same situation as us. We are hoping to move out January next year too, me my hubby and 2 boys aged 11 and 2 1/2. I currently work at Bolton neonatal unit and live in Leigh Lancashire. It would be great to start with someone as it is a bit daunting moving out to some where new to live and work.

    Good luck look forward to meeting up with you soon xxx

  10. shbain

    shbain Guest

    Hi Emma
    You are not too far away from me then. I used to be a Sister at Liverpool Women's but am now the Team Leader for Cheshire & Merseyside Neonatal Transport Service. It will be lovely to meet, am so excited. Have you gone for the 457 sponsored visa? We have twin daughters celebrating their 8th birthday next week and a son who was 4yrs old last month. Are you planning on living closer to the city then? We quite fancy more coastal. Chat soon.
  11. steema

    steema Guest

    Hi Shelly

    I cant wait either find it exicting and scary at the same time. I was originally going to go on a permenant visa but decided to opt for the 457 do you know much about the mater neonatal unit? We are hoping to live about 30 mins away from the city but not sure where, never been to Brisbane before. we have looked at houses in Mt Gravatt, carindale, camp hill, holland park but dont really know the areas I think we are going to get a short term let and decide when we get there.

    Speak soon Emma x
  12. shbain

    shbain Guest

    Morning Emma
    I only know what I've read on the website and what Angela told me on the telephone, we had a long chat a few days before I decided to proceed to interview. The Women's is 50 beds so I am used to big but Mater is huge with 79 beds!! Perhaps we can meet up for lunch sometime to compare notes and fears! Would be nice to have a familiar face when we go. Off to Take That today so better go and get myself organised. Speak soon.
  13. steema

    steema Guest

    It would be nice to meet up for lunch, i will look forward to that. Hope you enjoy Take That today:jiggy:.

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