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Old Sep 11th 2013, 7:43 pm
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Thanks Seanpears99 . I would be interested in knowing how long it takes you to commute, I will pm you if you don't mind. Chortlepuss, sorry to hear you're not getting work, hope that changes for you. Thanks for the information though, that really helps me know we can survive on that income if we have to, hopefully not!
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Thanks Seanpears99 . I would be interested in knowing how long it takes you to commute, I will pm you if you don't mind. Chortlepuss, sorry to hear you're not getting work, hope that changes for you. Thanks for the information though, that really helps me know we can survive on that income if we have to, hopefully not!
Hi Lou n Rob

No probs, I commute in from the gold coast and it takes an hour on the train as I am in Coomera and the station is about 6ks from where I live.

Like chortle, I too work in IT contracting and the arse has fell out of the market this year, so lucky enough to have work until the end of the year.

PM me whenever, happy to help.

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Old Sep 11th 2013, 10:58 pm
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Thanks seanpeers99, lol I am so new to the forums, I don't know how to personal message you!! Sorry ! That really isn't a good start
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Thanks seanpeers99, lol I am so new to the forums, I don't know how to personal message you!! Sorry ! That really isn't a good start
If you click on a members name, there is a drop down menu that includes 'send a private message to ...' - probably easiest to start

Also, if you look in the top right of the screen under your user name, you should see a link to messaging.

And another way is in the peach button bar, 2nd in from left is 'my profile' clicking that will take you to lots including messaging, and on the left is compose message.
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Thanks Seanpears99 . I would be interested in knowing how long it takes you to commute, I will pm you if you don't mind. Chortlepuss, sorry to hear you're not getting work, hope that changes for you. Thanks for the information though, that really helps me know we can survive on that income if we have to, hopefully not!
It may sound silly but if you have two children take them to the dentist before you move over, having spent a small fortune in dental costs these past few months just having them up to date with their dental work will save you a small fortune and stop any unexpected dental bills. We are north brissy so feel free to send a pm should you need any info on the north side, as others have mentioned it really is the North / South devide in terms of traffic...
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It may sound silly but if you have two children take them to the dentist before you move over, having spent a small fortune in dental costs these past few months just having them up to date with their dental work will save you a small fortune and stop any unexpected dental bills. We are north brissy so feel free to send a pm should you need any info on the north side, as others have mentioned it really is the North / South devide in terms of traffic...
Going to dentist before moving is a great idea for anyone, regardless of age I think.
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Firstly, to say congratulations to you Rob for securing a teaching job before you arrive. You must be in a teaching category that is under subscribed as there are many graduate teachers in Queensland that are out of work.

I have been a Special Education teacher in South Brisbane for 20 years having worked in 5 schools. My suggestions to you Lou is to get registered with Ed Qld before arriving web site www.qct.edu.au/registration. Once they verify your qualifications you will be eligible for supply and contract work. Then visit the nearest Special Schools introducing yourself, giving them your resume and basically 'selling yourself'. If necessary do some voluteer work to get familiar with the protocols, curriculum and teaching standards etc. Lots of information on web sites so read these so you are informed.

There seems to be no rhyme or reason why people get jobs especially in Special Ed. We currently have German and Scotish teachers( with no Special Ed training) on contract working at our school. It seems to be personality and commmitment that is more important and it also helps if the Principal likes you.

You may be shocked at the lack of resources both materials and staff
in Queensland schools and also the abysmal lack of assistance given to families eg respite, benefits.

Not sure if you have all this information or not but thought it worth a post just in case.

Good luck. Hope it turns out well for you both. If you want more info just pm me.
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It may sound silly but if you have two children take them to the dentist before you move over, having spent a small fortune in dental costs these past few months just having them up to date with their dental work will save you a small fortune and stop any unexpected dental bills.
What a great tip!

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Dosen't anyone use the school dental clinic for their kids? I do. It's free until they're 15 (in WA and QLD that's the case anyway).
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Dosen't anyone use the school dental clinic for their kids? I do. It's free until they're 15 (in WA and QLD that's the case anyway).
The school dentist van came to our school once unfortunately in the whole time the children were in primary school, so once in 8 years wasn't something we could rely on... we don't qualify for those teen dental vouchers as we are not on centrelink so the only choice we have is to pay, I would love the chance to get some free dental care.
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The school dentist van came to our school once unfortunately in the whole time the children were in primary school, so once in 8 years wasn't something we could rely on... we don't qualify for those teen dental vouchers as we are not on centrelink so the only choice we have is to pay, I would love the chance to get some free dental care.
If the kids have a problem, you can phone the school dental clinic in your area (in Brisbane on the north side it's at Stafford and the south side, Yeronga). They will then see them as often as they need treatment, you don't have to wait for the van.
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If the kids have a problem, you can phone the school dental clinic in your area (in Brisbane on the north side it's at Stafford and the south side, Yeronga). They will then see them as often as they need treatment, you don't have to wait for the van.
It's a good service for general dental, but they won't do things like root canals, specialist care or orthodontics (in WA at least).
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It's a good service for general dental, but they won't do things like root canals, specialist care or orthodontics (in WA at least).
No, fortunately my kids only need general at the moment, two may need braces and we'll move to orthodontic on our private health when that happens.
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I live in Tarragindi and this is excellent for access to city. Also lived in Greenslopes, Mount Gravatt East and Carindale. All great family suburbs IMHO but pricier than living in say Springwood, Robertson etc.. As anywhere it's a trade off between rental cost/commute. You'll pay much more to live near the excellent busway or a train station. Roads are every bit as congested as UK if you're on a popular commute and although distances seem short on the map it can take a very long time to get anywhere between 7 and 8 am and 4 to 6 pm!
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