Why I love Western Australia

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Having worked placing Nurses and Midwives into various hospitals and health services in Western Australia for over four years now, I was excited to finally get to go to some of the areas of Western Australia that I have been talking about yet never seen for myself.

My goal at the start of 2018 was to travel to Western Australia and meet as many of the clients and candidates that Curis works with, that I could fit into a week away. Working with lots of remote areas means that this was a challenge! Luckily in September 2018 I got to finally go!

I visited some stunning places and met some amazing people. It was truly a fantastic experience and one I will never forget.

Where I went:
I spent a couple of days in Geraldton which is four hours north of Perth and on the coast. I absolutely loved Geraldton and instantly felt at home there. I really got the sense there that it is very much a place where you would get a really good work/life balance. I stayed in a lovely hotel right in town and it was very easy to walk everywhere from there. Really nice restaurants and cafes and a little beachfront right in town.

While in Geraldton I was lucky enough to meet up with three of the Nurses Curis has placed there and we had a lovely dinner together. It was awesome to meet them in person and hear about what they like about their jobs and why they are enjoying their time there. For me personally this is one of the most satisfying parts of my job getting to hear that I have matched them with the job that they told me they were after.

I was also lucky enough to have a couple of hours with my contacts from the hospital and get a good tour of the facility and hear about their current struggles etc with recruiting staff.

From Geraldton I flew up to Broome. I was really excited about this as I’d heard and seen so many pictures of how stunning it was. It did not disappoint. Broome is a stunning place and I was excited to finally see the red dirt of the outback for myself for the first time. The blue of the water against the red dirt is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

I enjoyed a lovely walk along the beach and got to see the famous camels you see in all the tourist brochures and then had a yummy seafood dinner.

One thing is for sure I will return to Broome one day for a longer stay!

From Broome I drove up to Derby which was a couple of hours drive. I was nervous about this drive as I was on my own and had never done any open road outback driving before! I was told to be on the lookout for cattle on the road and kangaroos that can jump right out in front of you on the road. Turns out I was fine and loved the driving, it wasn’t as boring as I thought it would be and I really enjoyed seeing the landscape of the area.

I had a great time in Derby where I walked the pier and got to know the town a little bit. The thing I really loved about Derby was the real community feel and how friendly everyone was. I quite often get feedback on Nurses that go to Derby that it’s a social place and I got this feeling too.

I absolutely loved visiting two of the gallery’s there and it was a special moment to get to meet one of the local aboriginal artists who’s painting I purchased.
From Derby I drove to Fitzroy Crossing.

This was the one part of the trip I thought I wouldn’t enjoy just because of the remoteness of it. It was completely not what I pictured. Fitzroy Crossing turned out to have a modern hospital, much bigger and nicer than what I thought and lovely relaxed staff who gave me a good tour of the facility.

I was lucky enough to be shown through the nurse’s accommodation too which was also very nice and neat and for sure if I was a nurse going there I would be happy to stay here, also has a pool and gym which is awesome for your time off.

I think I pictured a dirty horrible place but was surprised to find a lovely café for lunch, stunning gorge to go on a tour down on a boat and just some beautiful scenery.

A lot of people I met were shocked I’d come all the way from Sydney to these places and asked why I was there? When I explained that to me it’s so important for me to see these places for myself and experience them they were very impressed. I also really wanted to meet some of the people I deal with and have placed in these areas in person, this was fantastic.

One thing is for sure I will be back WA, I absolutely loved my time there.

If you are a nurse looking for a fantastic experience in WA, please contact us at [email protected] or on 029188 3989 and we can chat to you about our current vacancies there.

Imagine being paid to live and work in these places!!! Amazing.

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