Claudia and Rachid Ait-Touati (Murraylands / Riverland region) and Mary and Javier Centenera (Mallala region) Stories
After feeling trapped in their home country of Holland, Claudia and Rachid decided it was time to realise Claudia’s childhood dream of moving to Australia. A migration agent advised them they would not be granted an Australian working visa. They didn’t have much money in the bank. If they couldn’t work they wouldn’t last long. But they decided to try their luck. They packed five bags, their young family and headed to Australia on a tourist visa.
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HWQ Migration Solutions
Health Workforce Queensland's migration services include identifying the most suitable migration pathway for your circumstances and requirements, guidance through the complex migration policies, lodgement of applications and liaison with Immigration on all matters pertaining to your application.
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Dr Sidd Sarmah’s journey from India to regional Queensland
Shortly after obtaining his medical qualifications in India, Sidd Sarmah moved to the United Kingdom for medical training in an emergency department of a local hospital and then as a General Practitioner. After completing his Member of Royal College of GP (MRCGP) in 2010, the same quest for new experience, which made him move from India to the UK made him look for other professional challenges. The experiences of some of his colleagues who had migrated from the UK made him seriously consider a trial run in Australia. The sunshine state of Queensland appealed most due to its laid back lifestyle, career opportunities, family and work balance lifestyle and the warm tropical weather.
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Health Workforce Queensland
Health Workforce Queensland is part of a National Network of Rural Health Workforce Agencies (RWAs) that are committed to delivering a workforce passionate about ensuring the well being of Australia’s rural and remote communities.
Health Workforce Queensland recruits and supports doctors, nurses and allied health professionals needed in rural and remote Queensland. Health Workforce Queensland's role is to match the right professionals with the right communities, then help and support them as they provide essential health services to the people who live there.
Health Workforce Queensland is committed to providing and supporting a sustainable health workforce through the following service provision:
- A comprehensive recruitment service for General Practitioners, Allied Health and Nursing Professionals for private practice, hospitals and healthcare centres in rural and remote Queensland.
- Undertaking and supporting the migration of overseas trained professionals to Queensland with an in house registered migration agent who can provide professional advice on migration/visa issues.
- Support for overseas trained health professionals with their professional registration.
- Orientation services for the overseas trained health professional to the Australian healthcare system.
- Relocation and settlement support for health professionals taking up positions in rural and remote communities.
- Family support programs to assist all members of the family to settle in their new location.
- Facilitation of professional development and clinical up-skilling for rural doctors.
- Provision of locum services to assist rural doctors with short-term relief.
- Community health needs assessment, service development and workforce planning.
- Advice and assistance to rural communities and organisations seeking to develop sustainable health services.
Benefits of Living in Rural Queensland
There are so many benefits to living in rural Queensland: the natural peaceful and clean environment; the outdoor lifestyle; the great work/life balance opportunity; the sense of community belonging; and the ability to make a difference in a community where you are valued and appreciated for what you do.
An active lifestyle is guaranteed in a climate that offers an average of 300 days sunshine a year. There are no end to the outdoor activities that you can enjoy including, horse riding, fishing, surfing, snorkelling, kayaking, bushwalking and swimming, whether it’s in the creek, the lake or the ocean!
The strong sense of community is one of the biggest benefits of rural living. Getting involved with the community will not be difficult as rural towns always have lots going on and are very welcoming and inclusive of residents. You can get to know your new neighbours through a range of socially inclusive, locally focussed events including, community art exhibitions, food and wine festivals, camel and horse racing, rodeos and town fairs.
Benefits of Working in Rural Queensland
Working in rural Queensland can offer many benefits including the knowledge that you are really making a difference. Better health isn’t just about seeing a doctor or health professional when you have a health need. Access to healthcare is fundamental to every community’s feeling of self-worth. It’s about stable communities, and knowing that help is there when, where and how it is needed. Knowing that you are part of the healthcare solution provides excellent job satisfaction.
The scope of rural practice that you will encounter is diverse and more complex than that experienced by your urban colleagues. Rural healthcare offers more exposure to a range of diverse patient presentations giving you the opportunity to continually develop your skills. Being part of a small community also allows you to offer consistency of care by really getting to know your patients and their individual health needs.
With so many varied recruitment opportunities in healthcare in rural Queensland you are sure to find a role that suits how you want to practice while also suiting your personal and family needs.
Health Workforce Queensland can help you fulfil your dream of living and working in Australia and actively support and mentor you on your journey. To learn more about how they can help you make a difference in rural Queensland please visit: here.
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