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WORK IN AUSTRALIA 
AS A PHYSIO!

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STEPS TO WORK IN AUSTRALIA WITH HEALTHCARE ABROAD

POPULAR LOCATIONS AVAILABLE

1

ELGIBILITY

CHECK VISAS/JOB ROLES - SEND US AN EMAIL TO REQUEST AN INFORMATION BOOKLET + BOOK IN FOR A CALL FOR ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

2

REGISTRATION

LET US KNOW WHAT ROLE/VISA YOU ARE INTERESTED IN, WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH GUIDES AND SUPPORT YOU THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS

3

SUBMIT CV

ONCE YOU HAVE REGISTRATION, SEND THROUGH YOUR CV + BOOK IN FOR A CALL ON THE WEBSITE TO EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS WITH THE TEAM

4

INTERVIEW

WE HAVE LOTS OF FANTASTIC PARTNERSHIPS AND WILL ORGANISE INTERVIEWS WITHIN APPROX. 1-2 WEEKS OF GAINING REGISTRATION

5

VISA

APPLY FOR YOUR VISA, HAND IN YOUR NOTICE, MAKE PLANS TO COME OUT, WE WILL PROVIDE SET UP GUIDES + INTRODUCE YOU TO OTHERS

JOB ROLES

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 NDIS/DISABILITY

  • Work in a wide range of settings with patients across the disability spectrum

  • General or more specialist role

  • Adult (under 65)/Paeds/Mixed caseloads available

  • Mainly community roles with therapy hubs/offices/clinics

  • Holistic assessments + therapy programs/interventions to help patients achieve their functional/social goals

  • 2 years+ experience required

  • Driving licesne required

Senior Physiotherapy

AGED CARE/COMMUNITY

  • Work in residential care homes and the community 

  • Community/One-one home-based care: post-surgery, elderly/falls prevention, neuro, MSK, Cardio, NDIS 

  • Residential: care plans, manual handling training, falls prevention, rehab for residents, exercise classes

  • Suggested experience:

    • 2 years+ flexible - ideally rotational or community

    • driving license and ability to work in the community required

Physiotherapist

PRIVATE PRACTISE - NEURO/MSK

  • Work in well established private MSK or Neuro clinics 

  • Small supportive MDT environments

  • Suggested experience:

    • MSK: 1 year+ experience - fully in MSK or at least one MSK rotation, lot's of opportunities for Pilates

    • Neuro: 3 years+ neuro experience required/senior neuro staff only, community visits/driving license required

Intense Workout

GYM BASED MSK

  • Work with exercise physiologists within a gym or strength and conditioning environment, physiotherapy consult rooms on site

  • Existing caseloads

  • Use manual physio techniques as well as specialist machines/gym equipment for exercise programs

  • Suggested experience: 1 year+ experience - fully in MSK or at least one MSK rotation 

FAQS

WHAT ARE THE POPULAR VISA OPTIONS?
  • The Working Holiday/Work and Holiday Visa is a popular initial visa option for certain age groups/passport holders. This visa allows you to work for 12 months and costs AUD $485 (plus proof of AUD $5000 in savings). 

  • If you are not eligible for the Working Holiday Visa, want to stay for more than 12 months, or looking to migrate with your family, there are opportunities to gain a sponsorship/482 visa from an employer. Sponsorship requires you to have 2 years of physiotherapy experience and we can introduce you to our partners who can offer this. The fees are: $2690 (adult) and $675 (child). This visa has a pathway to permanent residency after 3 years (if you are under 45).

HOW DO I GET REGISTERED? 
  • There are options to gain registration by taking an exam or completing paperwork - we can provide you with more information about these once we know what university you attended/graduation year 

  • You will be able to talk to a UK physiotherapist who has been in your situation and will help you throughout the registration process - including free guides and unlimited phone/email support

HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST AND DO I HAVE TO PAY HEALTHCARE ABROAD?
  • The main fees you need to be aware of are for your Visa (above) and transferring your PT license which ranges from AUD $2000 - $3500 

  • We will secure you a full-time role for when you arrive, the salaries are usually between AUD $60-90k

  • The service we provide is completely free for those that would like to be placed in a role with one of our partners

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I START THE PROCESS?
  • ​Allowing for 12 months would be ideal!

  • The physio registration application can take up to 8-9 months

  • Once your registration has been approved, we find 3 months is an ideal timeframe for the next steps - securing a role/visa, handing in your notice, and getting organized to leave!

HOW DO I INTERVIEW AND SECURE A ROLE?
  • We are very well connected to employers throughout Australia - once you have gained your registration (and maximum 3/4 months before your planned start date), we will arrange interviews for you.

  • We have fantastic opportunities available and you can expect us to arrange suitable interviews for you within around 1-3 weeks after gaining your registration. 

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME IF YEAR TO INTERVIEW/START WORK?
  • If possible, try to have your registration approved (allow for 8-9 months) and be interviewing in the Australian Winter (May/June/July/August) as this is when the most jobs are available

  • The start of Spring (September) can be a nice time to arrive in Australia as it can be easier to find accommodation, the weather is getting warmer and you can interview in the winter months for these roles

  • If you want the best pick for roles/accommodation, arriving in the winter is even better 

  • November/December/January/February can get very competitive for accommodation and job roles as the local new graduates also start work at this time of year 

CAN I GO TO AUSTRALIA AS A NEW GRADUATE?
  • We suggest that all new graduates take a role in their home country for the first 12 months for the following reasons:

    • We feel this helps with gaining confidence and the transition to working in Australia (especially if you can gain MSK or Community experience) 

    • The most common visa to change to after the WHV is the 482/sponsorship visa (which you need 2 years experience for) - if you gain 1 year experience before you leave, then work for 1 year on your WHV, you will then be able to change to sponsorship in Australia

    • There are no longer lots of residential aged care positions (due to the cuts in funding that happened in October 2022) and we are finding that community employers prefer 2 years+ experience and MSK employers prefer you to have some MSK experience

    • This gives you enough time to transfer your registration and save up!

  • The experience levels we have listed on the website is what we would suggest, if you are keen to head out sooner, we will still look for you but please try and aim for the Australian winter to interview!

WHAT LOCATIONS DO YOU HAVE AVAILABLE?
  • The most popular places are Brisbane/Sydney/Melbourne/Perth/Newcastle but we have positions available throughout Australia!

  • Those requiring direct visa sponsorship may need need to be flexible with locations 

HOW WILL I GET SET UP/ WHAT ABOUT ACCOMMODATION?
  •  Once you have secured a role we can introduce you to other physios that are working in the same location and advise you on everything you need to know about moving to Australia, we are also always available before you leave/when you arrive if you have any questions about the move

WHY AUSTRALIA?
  • Physiotherapy is very well respected and there are lots of opportunities to really progress in your career 

  • There are endless amounts of weekend trips/activities to do - waterfalls, rainforests, beaches, diving/snorkeling, surfing, wineries, vibrant cities

  • QUALITY OF LIFE! Generous salaries and good weather give you a fantastic quality of life

WHY HEALTHCARE ABROAD?

We offer unbeatable support from the first day you contact us and then throughout the whole process to work abroad, including:

  • Supporting you throughout the registration/license process including free guides and unlimited email/phone support

  • Helping you decide on the most suitable visa, job role, and location by a friendly team you can trust

  • Organizing you interviews with our partners, helping you secure a role before you leave

  • Providing you with everything you need to know about moving to your new country

  • Introducing you to other Healthcare Abroad OT/PT/SLTs that are working in the same location as you

  • Continue to be a point of contact for any questions while you are away

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