Category: Family Life

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5 Things British Expats in Melbourne Miss About the UK

Having sworn to myself that I would not be mentioning anything relating to Covid-19 on this website, I can’t help noticing that lots of ex-pat Brits in Melbourne are talking about the things they miss about the UK, and the reality is that some are even talking of moving back there permanently, seemingly as a result of the global pandemic. Some people that have been here for just a couple of years and haven’t had the chance to explore and settle before lockdowns hit are feeling very isolated and wondering if they have made a mistake in emigrating to Australia,...

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What About the Dog?

It’s not every day you are presented with the opportunity to change your life completely and go and live in a new country.  The decisions to be made are huge and it’s often difficult to know where to start with the thought process.  As soon as Australia became a possibility for us, my mind went into overdrive.  But I can tell you that the very first thought that popped into my head – and subsequently straight out of my mouth, was ‘What about the dog?’  I laugh about that now, because surely my instinctive reaction ought to have been ‘What...

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How to Access Healthcare in Australia: A Quick Start Guide.

When I first arrived in Melbourne from the UK, one of the key actions on my to-do list was to get to grips with how to access healthcare in Australia, both for myself and for the family. Australia has a reciprocal agreement with the UK which means you can access healthcare via the Australian national insurance scheme known as Medicare. This agreement covers medically necessary care out of hospital, medically necessary care as a public patient in a public hospital, and some prescription medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Here’s what you need to do. Get Your Medicare Card...