The first time I heard about Global Health Source was approximately 2008, when I received a small pamphlet in the mail explaining the services Global Health Source (GHS) offered. I sent an email to themto enquire about the available OT positions in Australia. From the first contact with GHS the service has been exceptional and professional. No matter what worries or concerns I had, Joanna and her team were always there to guide and to give practical advice. Many emails were sent and always followed up with early morning phone calls from Joanna or one of the GHS staff, to explain and guide me along.
Every Skype interview with potential employers was thoroughly discussed and Joanna assisted with every concern and question I had afterwards. Once I was offered the position as a Rehabilitation Consultant, the friendly GHS girls kept me in the loop of what the next steps were and helped us along, to ensure we followed all the steps and completed the right forms for our visa application so that everything ran smoothly.
Joanna and the GHS team remained supportive and did what they could to calm my nerves prior to my 2 daughters (aged 11 and 17 at the time) and I finally taking the plunge and moving from South Africa to Newcastle, Australia. We honestly would not have found the transition as easy if it was not for the tremendous amount of support and help we received from Global Health Source.
Prior to our arrival in Newcastle, GHS sent us details about our new home with lots of practical information on where to get medical assistance, information about the town etc, which really helped us to start planning our arrival. Even after our arrival in May 2010, we were still being supported with regular phone calls and emails to ensure we were finding our feet. Joanna regularly made contact just to chat about how we were settling in, asking about the girls school, my new position etc.
Our arrival in Australia has mostly been smooth sailing, although finding accommodation was a real challenge. Despite missing our family and friends, we are honestly happy and lucky for being given this life-changing opportunity to start a new life in Australia. We are enjoying living by the sea and have had lovely sight-seeing trips to Sydney, the Hunter Valley and other new and interesting places. It is still almost surreal to think we made it and are living in a new country!
We are looking forward to building our future in Australia. The girls are happy and settled in school and university and they are thoroughly enjoying the different and new subjects; whereas I have progressed into a supervisory role within one year!
I would recommend GHS to anyone who is ever considering working in Australia. I would never want to go through this experience without the help, assistance and guidance we received from GHS.
Thank you Joanna and the team at Global Health Source for helping us along the way! I really appreciate the support and assistance along the way. It was wonderful to know I could count on GHS being only a phone call or email away for help and information, and sometimes just for being a friendly, well known voice on the other side of the phone.