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move to Australia for DPM

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by nampa1, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. nampa1

    nampa1 Member


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    Hello, I am in my early 30s and have just left a graduate allied health care program in the U.S. Unfortunately, the field I studied in collapsed (part of the education bubble here) and I am left rather burned.

    I really would like to pursue PDM in Australia, with the aim of finding a sponsor and gaining PR. There is a new PDM doctorate (only three years) in UWA, which I would like to attend. I believe this degree is equivalent to the traditional bachelor's of podiatric medicine.

    However, an Australian PDM degree is only valid in OZ or NZ. The prospect's success does scare me and it would be devastating if I did so much more training and outlayed so much money for a sham again.

    Fields like nursing do receive generous visa sponsorship and employment in Australia. Do any of the posters have knowledge on the state of podiatry in OZ and the availability for a fresh DPM graduate in finding a visa and employment for the two year duration?

    Thank you very much. This dream seems to be the last, best hope for living a lifestyle in which to support a family. I have worked in ESL in the past and have met many friendly Australians. I know I am ready to do this.
     
  2. Tuckersm

    Tuckersm Well-Known Member

    nampa1,

    you can do some internet research looking at the
    Podiatry Board of Australia web site
    ANZPAC
    and the Immigration Dept.

    All degrees (Bachelor, Masters, DPM) provide the same entry to practice rights as each other.

    There are post grad entry to practice programs at a few Australian Unis now (in Vic, NSW and WA, and maybe others) that can be completed in 2 years. They are all operating from well established public universities.

    All these courses are accepted (sometimes requiring additional local exams) in Australia, NZ, the UK, South Africa and parts of Canada, but not the US.

    Sponsorship is relatively easily available for podiatry graduates, and job vacancies are routinely advertised (on here and on job sites like SEEK

    And a Visa to study in Australia, is relatively easy to obtain.
     
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