Hi! My name is Clarisse Reis and I am originally from Brazil.
Before coming to Australia I used to work as a physiotherapist and I specialized in Global Postural Re-Education (RPG) and acupuncture.
After talking with a close friend of mine who was living in Australia at that time, I decided to give a go and come over.
I came on a six-month student visa then decided to extend it for a couple more months.
Although I had never planned to live abroad, once I was living in Australia it was hard not to fall in love with the country and the Aussie culture. Therefore, after a lot of thought I decided to look at my options on how to stay in Australia permanently, working as a physiotherapist.
The process of getting my physiotherapy registration recognized in Australia took me two years. I had to do several exams which involved travelling a lot and extensive hours of studies and professional practice.
Therefore, it was a very lengthy and expensive process to be considered as qualified as an Australian Physiotherapist.
Of course, I sometimes asked myself would I make it? Is it worth all the hard work and difficulties? Will I get my registration?
Well what can I say?! I am not the type of person to give up easily..
With my registration in hand after completing my studies it was about time to proceed with my visa application.
Waiting for the Department of Immigration decision was the hardest part. However once a case officer was assigned to my case I received a positive response quickly.
After receiving my Permanent Residency under the General Skilled Migration Scheme I was able to start working full time with all the benefits of an Australian employee. From there I started planning my future … and nine months later my husband and I welcomed our little baby girl named Marcela.
After returning from maternity leave I intend to start the process of bringing the ‘RPG’ physiotherapy techniques to Australia.