We are both physiotherapists. I qualified at Trinity College, Ireland and my friend who I will be travelling with qualified at King’s College London, UK. We both have working holiday visas. Will we be able to work in the same location?
Fortunately, as a Trinity College graduate of a four year degree program, you will be eligible to apply to Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC) to have your qualifications assessed. Should you be successful and hence issued with an APC Certificate of Substantial Equivalence, you will then be eligible to apply to Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for General Registration. It is unlikely that your friend, a King’s College London graduate of a three year degree program, would be successful in having their qualifications assessed as substantially equivalent and would hence have to undergo written assessment. An alternative for your friend would be to apply for their qualifications to be assessed favourably for Limited Registration in the Public Interest. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss.
We would aim to identify positions in the same location; however given that many opportunities are in country areas and smaller departments there may not be a requirement for multiple physiotherapists simultaneously! If you are prepared to separate for some assignments the choices will be greater and accommodation can usually be arranged. In larger destinations the likelihood of sourcing work at different facilities is increased, enabling you to share accommodation and travel to your various assignments.