Here is a Q&A article from Nurse Nat who is a registered nurse from Australia and who grew up in Melbourne. Here, you can read about what life was like for Nurse Nat growing up in Melbourne and nursing there. If you’re considering moving your family to Melbourne this is a good article for you to read.
How long have you lived in Melbourne and what part of Melbourne did you live in?
I was born and raised in the Western suburbs of Melbourne and lived there until I was 25. It was a 25 minute drive to the city CBD. I like to think I had the best of both worlds being able to chill and relax in the outer suburbs or commute a short way by car into the city and enjoy the nightlife, restaurants and café scene.
What would you say would be the most exciting thing you did as a kid in Melbourne?
Visiting and holidaying in different parts of Australia which included long road trips down the east coast with my family.
What kinds of things did you do in Melbourne? Places that you went to?
I worked in the city and went out to socialise enjoying the great food culture that Melbourne has to offer. I enjoy Australian football so I would go to watch matches in the stadiums. I am also a tennis fan so we would go to the Australian Open which is held in Melbourne every year. Shopping and enjoying the beachside views of St. Kilda or a day down at South Bank on the edge of the CBD or visiting Crown Casino was always enjoyable. I loved swimming in beaches in the outer suburbs such as Williamstown or going a short drive down the coast to the surf beaches.
How would you describe a normal day for you? e.g. what you’d do
A normal day would consist of me going to work and then staying in the city for dinner with friends and then perhaps a few drinks or an ice cream by the beach!
What’s it like being a nurse in Australia? The hours, working conditions etc.
Nursing in Australia is great because the nurse to patient ratio is only 1:4. The hours are usually 8 hour shifts or 10 for nights. I loved who I worked with having a great time with people who then became my friends. You get to meet a lot of interesting people and form great friendships. It’s a very social profession. The hospitals are fantastic, very modern and well equipped.
For a person or a family who has just moved, what would you suggest they do first, or places to go.
Once you’re in Melbourne check out St Kilda and Luna Park for the kiddies. It’s got great vibes as it’s down by the beach with plenty of walking and bike tracks. Acland Street nearby has great cafes, coffee and cake, and of course ice cream and fish and chips.
The beautiful city CBD and inner suburbs have a lot to offer with fantastic food and café culture and a great public transport system to get around. You don’t need to live in the city to be a part of it all with lots happening in the suburbs not that far away. It’s a multicultural city and experiences great summers and not so cold winters. It has the country’s best sporting events, concert halls with all the top stars visiting, a strong theatre culture, amazing parks and gardens and only a short drive to some beautiful bay and surf beaches. Melbourne is great place to live and work and I can’t wait to get back there!
If you’re a Nurse and you’re considering moving to Australia or travelling there on a working holiday give us a call on 0203 816 1331 (UK only) and we’ll be more than happy to assist you on your migration journey.[/fusion_text][/one_full][/fullwidth]