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A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to Melbourne, Australia
Moving-to-Melbourne
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Look for an area convenient for your work and lifestyle. In Melbourne there's lots to choose from on both sides of the Yarra. (Continue)
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Where are you living? Rental figure seems very high...
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JulesBarkley commented on the Expat Report Living in Melbourne, Australia
Living-in-Melbourne
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Depends on the interests of the person - but I know that a good variety are listed on www.newcomersnetwork.com (this is a Melbourne based website that offers information free of charge) (Continue)
JulesBarkley replied most recently with:
Great info, thanks. Any recommendations on where to watch the this year? Thanks Jules
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to Melbourne, Australia
Moving-to-Melbourne
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Take at least 2 months to find a place and be prepared to see quite a bit of junk. (Continue)
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I dont like the life style in Melbourne..So many funny charactors are in the City...They make me laugh! I dont like the weather at all...Nothing like my home country..
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Having a Baby in Melbourne, Australia
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Describe your experience giving birth there. What type of facility did you go to? What (if any) type of pain management did you use? How long did you stay in the hospital? Was it a positive experience? Etc...
My experience was fantastic. I was 5 months pregnant when i arrived in Australia. I was referred by a local GP for the 20 week scan which was amazing and around $100 or so after the medicare rebate. This was entitled to us under the reciprocal agreement with britain (and other countries), as we are british citizens. We were able to take away a recording of the scan on DVD and photos. Had the baby at RWH(Royal Womens Hospital) in melbourne - a non-private hospital, which had been renovated and in a new building from 3 months before. So all equipment, beds etc were new. This was all under medicare so i did not have to pay a cent - only had to pay for medication I took away with me after the birth.

Went in via ambulance (we had Ambulance membership and would advise everyone to get this whether or not they are pregnant!) Delivery room was HUGE with sofa, sink, computer and desk, attached ensuite bath, shower, toilet etc. Much better than you could ever imagine in NHS system (for those of you who are Brits reading this!). was given the gas, thats all I had. Was able to use the bath and shower as much as I wanted for pain relief which was great. Even used the gas while in the bath! After the birth, given a private room with a double bed, sink basin, nappy changing area, wardrobe, side tables and a semi-ensuite bathroom (shared in between my room and the next). Staff were all excellent, went in monday morning, came out Wednesday evening as I had a vaginal birth -(else you stay longer). (Continue)

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Hi, I am a British Citizen and currently five months pregnant. I am planing to give birth in Australia in March. Please can you confirm that I can get on the medicare system and that I don't have to pay privately? Thanks !
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Expat Report Info about Newcomers Network in Melbourne, Australia was published
Info-about-Melbourne
Describe your group.
Newcomers Network is an online network for newcomers. We publish information on moving, migrating and settling in Australia. (Continue)
Expat Report Living in Melbourne, Australia was published
Living-in-Melbourne
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Too numerous to list here. Melbourne is a very cosmopolitan, culturally positive, diverse, multi-cultural city with interests for everyone. Great theater companies, museums, galleries, opera, symphony, concerts of all kinds, food festivals (greatest food city I've seen). Meeting people is easy. (Continue)

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