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Forum: Australia
Jun 12th 2014, 9:38 am
Replies: 2
Views: 866
Posted By michael_w

Re: Working as a midwife in Australia

From what I hear, midwives are still in the dark ages in Australia independent practice-wise, due to the influence of obstetricians. It seems most things can only be done under the supervision of a...
Forum: Australia
Jun 9th 2014, 2:48 pm
Replies: 108
Views: 7,743
Posted By michael_w

Re: Stopped by police for taking photographs

I used to be a keen photographer, but not anymore. Take a picture in the city and you get approached by police or security guards asking what you are doing. Take a picture at the beach or park and...
Forum: Australia
Apr 16th 2014, 9:42 am
Replies: 19
Views: 1,848
Posted By michael_w

Re: Any journalists/writers/pr folk on here?

Don't want to dash your dreams but it's a very difficult time to be a journo in Australia, especially for someone who has no local experience or contacts. Been a lot of redundancies at the B2B...
Forum: Australia
Nov 25th 2013, 9:04 am
Replies: 16
Views: 1,729
Posted By michael_w

Re: Release of GMO Vaccine in Australia

Why is it scary stuff? Genetically modified cholera vaccine has been around for a decade and there are no major safety concerns. The GM vaccine was evaluated in 2003 and found to have negligible...
Forum: Australia
Mar 30th 2013, 11:17 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 2,964
Posted By michael_w

Re: Beach cafe

Collaroy Beach is just one of many in Sydney that has a cafe right on the beachfront. Others that spring to mind are Redleaf, Clovelly, Clontarf and Tamarama., to name just a few.

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Replies: 12
Views: 2,244
Posted By michael_w

Re: Returning to Australia - another victim of spouse visa rules

I don't remember any such problems when we first settled back in the UK in the 1990s. We were both able to move here, work and my wife had our first child here, with no visa/ILR hassles. Now it's a...
Replies: 12
Views: 2,244
Posted By michael_w

Returning to Australia - another victim of spouse visa rules

I'm a UK citizen, my wife is Australian. We've lived in Sydney for 15 years and have two children who are UK citizens. Four months ago I made a move back to the UK at short notice so I could help...
Forum: Australia
Feb 14th 2013, 7:57 am
Replies: 48
Views: 4,515
Posted By michael_w

Re: Secondary catholic schools in Sydney

Strathfield sucks, unless you like kimchi. It's a mostly Korean suburb, with a lot of Indian students living in the apartments on the Burwood side. Good schools in the area such as MLC & Meriden...
Forum: Australia
Feb 11th 2013, 10:36 pm
Replies: 48
Views: 4,515
Posted By michael_w

Re: Secondary catholic schools in Sydney

"where do we start?"

North Shore/Northern Beaches I guess, if you want the classic Sydney lifestyle. Plenty of Brits seem to settle there, and there are some good RC school there or within...
Forum: Australia
Jan 28th 2013, 10:51 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 4,567
Posted By michael_w

Re: Anyone Living in Chatswood,NSW?

Worked in Chatswood for a decade, plenty of shops but wouldn't want to live there. It's a bit of an impersonal concrete jungle - lots of people working there in the daytime but it hollows out after...
Forum: Australia
Jan 24th 2013, 10:43 pm
Replies: 48
Views: 4,515
Posted By michael_w

Re: Secondary catholic schools in Sydney

We took our two boys out of a Catholic school in Sydney two years ago because we weren't happy (and they weren't happy) with the atmosphere of the place. I went to an RC school in the UK and...
Forum: Australia
Jan 16th 2013, 10:44 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 5,850
Posted By michael_w

Re: Visiting UK after 10 yrs away - NHS eligibility for my family?

If you live in the area, a GP is required to treat all your immediate health needs for 14 days, regardless of your nationality. They can refuse to take you on as a permanent patient but only if their...
Dec 18th 2012, 11:35 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,495
Posted By michael_w

Re: Will we be 'deported' from UK for returning on Aussie passports?

I've now been told that UK citizens who have dual citizenship have the right to enter the UK on a foreign passport without any obligation to leave, so long as you can prove you have UK citizenship if...
Dec 18th 2012, 6:26 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,495
Posted By michael_w

Re: Will we be 'deported' from UK for returning on Aussie passports?

Not really expecting to be deported, but presumably a red flag will come up on the UK Border Agency computers if we 'overstay' our 3 month visa. I'm worried this might come back to haunt us if and...
Dec 18th 2012, 5:34 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,495
Posted By michael_w

Will we be 'deported' from UK for returning on Aussie passports?

After 15 years in Sydney we moved permanently back to the UK last month with our two sons (13 and 15). We travelled on our Australian passports, which were stamped with a three month visa saying...
Forum: Australia
Dec 17th 2012, 6:47 pm
Replies: 82
Views: 25,936
Posted By michael_w

Re: Are Australians boring?

I found that as well. If I was taking the mickey out of some crap TV show I'd sometimes get the retort: "Well if you don't like it, why don't you ...."

So I did. It's nice being back. I don't...
Forum: Australia
Dec 16th 2012, 11:26 pm
Replies: 82
Views: 25,936
Posted By michael_w

Re: Are Australians boring?

Might be a Sydney thing. I found that people there tended to talk about property and business a lot of the time. My idea of hell is a dinner party on the North Shore where everyone is talking about...
Replies: 16
Views: 6,906
Posted By michael_w

Re: Returning to the UK - can my Aussie wife join me?

Thanks for the replies. Looks like we're shafted. Can't see the missus just sitting around in Sydney for a year twiddling her thumbs. Back to sunny Sydney, then.
Replies: 16
Views: 6,906
Posted By michael_w

Returning to the UK - can my Aussie wife join me?

I know there have been long threads about the new UK rules on settlement visas for spouses and the "Right to Land or remain, whatever it's called. I'm in that situation as well, but have'nt seen the...
Forum: Australia
Aug 30th 2012, 11:03 am
Replies: 9
Views: 5,552
Posted By michael_w

Re: A good GP and a good gynecolog in Hornsby?

Try Dr Liz Marles. She's president of the Royal Australian College of GPs so she can't be that bad.
Forum: Australia
Apr 11th 2012, 1:42 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 815
Posted By michael_w

Re: Yeah im moving to Newtown,Sydney :)

Well we're always looking for an excuse to get out of the house to get away from the aircraft noise (We're in Enmore).
Forum: Australia
Apr 2nd 2012, 12:33 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 815
Posted By michael_w

Re: Yeah im moving to Newtown,Sydney :)

Welcome to Newtown. There's certainly plenty to do around here - no shortage of places to eat and drink. We've just moved into the area as well. The Courthouse and the Carlsie Castle are our local...
Forum: Australia
Mar 19th 2012, 11:05 am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,181
Posted By michael_w

Re: Air China anyone?

In 'normal' times they are a very basic airline, think Aeroflot with Chinese food. But when things go wrong ... we had a very bad experience with Air China last year, when heavy snow meant our flight...
Forum: Australia
Mar 13th 2012, 10:16 am
Replies: 5
Views: 2,730
Posted By michael_w

Re: Working as a GP

If you want some inside info from other Australian GPs, including several UK/South African expats, join the 'nat-div' mailgroup. You have to apply by email as it is a closed group, but all GPs are...
Forum: Australia
Mar 2nd 2012, 7:53 am
Replies: 82
Views: 8,084
Posted By michael_w

Re: Is Private Health Worth it? - Decision is made

Maybe it depends where you live and what hospital you go to. I'm in Sydney and my experience with public hospitals has been really good. I was hit by a car last year while cycling home and smashed...
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