Don't know if any of you are watching the series 'Wanted Down Under' on BBC1 weekday mornings, but i find it really frustrating when they make it look like a flip of a flag decides wether you move to Oz or not!!! I watch it everyday and also have watched all past years series too, when the one lady was a nurse it really interested me. The work out there looks fantastic, they made it sound very appealing and that jobs are very easy to come by....great!!! But what they're still failing to tell wanabe emigraters is the fact that they have to sit the Academic IELTS test if you want to work as a nurse out there. Not once did they mention this and it can lead people to think that being a nurse you automatically get a visa granted....not true!! Without passing your academic IELTS test, the migration agencies can not progress with your visa as without a pass in this test they can not process the skills test, as my friend as encountered!!! I wish these programmes would emphasise these obstacles if they're going to advertise these lifestyles. I have sat my academic IELTS test as i too am a nurse. It was really difficult and myself and 2 other nurses failed the test. I am awaiting results as i have asked for my writing section to be re-marked. I failed by 0.5 points as you need a score of 7 (or more) out of 9 in each category and i scored 6.5 in my writing. Even though my overall score was 8.5 out of 9, it is still classed as a fail because the ANMC require 7 or more in each section. Please can we get this through to these TV programmes!! I have 18months to get my visa sorted as my eldest daughter is 18yrs in November and she has to remain in full time education to be classed as a dependant on my visa. She finishes 6th form school July '11 and so it is time limiting to get my IELTS passed, visa started, medicals etc.etc sorted before that time!!!!
Hope this is helpful to those nurses that are considering the move to Oz!!