Make the Move 2019 - Australia & New Zealand

New Zealand Lakes

Fraser Clarke

It’s at this time of year that many people start considering (or in many cases start re-considering) the idea of a move abroad.

A new year brings with it new hopes, a fresh start and the opportunity to do something you’ve been hoping to do for a while. So why not make 2019 the year you finally go for that new life overseas?

Over the final five weeks of 2018 we’ve looked at a select group of the countries we work with, and examined why you should make the move in 2019.

During this we’ve recapped some of the major news stories from 2018, what sort of person would be suited to a move, and what the future could have in store.

In the third installment in the series we’re going to taking a look Australia and New Zealand, two countries that can offer a great standard of living, work/life balance and world leading medical facilities.

What made the news in 2018?

It was a seriously busy year of news in both Australia and New Zealand, with mental illness especially of concern. This was the case from early January, when the Australian Royal Flying Doctors Service highlighted the major issue of mental health in hard to access rural locations. 

The same month a report illustrated another serious problem, that Australian men were consuming twice the amount of salt considered safe on a daily basis by the World Health Organisation. Processed food was given much of the blame, with many people unaware of just how unhealthy these can be. 

After a quiet few months lifestyle related health was in the news again in April, with calls made for cigarette style warnings to be placed on alcohol packaging. In the same month a new survey revealed that a third of office workers in Australia were battling mental health concerns. Spring proved a busy time, with New Zealand marking World Asthma Day by providing those working in education with a 'Teachers' Toolkit' to help deal with any asthma emergencies.

Mental illness was back in the news come May, with a survey revealing that there was a 46% increase in young people visiting Emergency departments in Victoria between 2008 and 2015. A week later Melanoma was named as Australia's 'National Cancer' - with 17% of people in the country considered to be at a very high risk.

As we moved into summer, shocking new statistics suggested that a third of Australians were unware of some of the rarer health conditions caused by smoking, such as female infertility, Kidney Cancer and Diabetes.

Later that month, and in an attempt to fightback against concerning rates of mental illness, New Zealand announced a $10m pilot scheme, which would provide young people in the country with free mental health councilling. The country also went on to announce plans to base psychologists in GP clinics.

In August the news agenda changed, with a switch to dentistry - particularly New Zealand's school dental system, after statistics showed that Kiwi schoolchildren were having on average 100 having teeth removed every day.

The focus switched back to mental health at the end of Summer, with new statistics showing almost 70% of women in Australia feel anxious or nervous every month. Shortly after, calls were made for a reform of mental health services in New Zealand, with suicide rates in the country increasing by 10% over the course of a year. A busy period of mental health news ended with Australian GPs revealing that it was the most common issue they dealt with only a daily basis.

As we reached Autumn it was revealed that Australia is unlikely to hit a WHO target for the reduction of chronic disease, leading to further calls for a 'Sugar Tax'.

Mental health returned to the agenda in October, and this time it was New Zealand's rural crisis that was holding the headlines. Research then published in Australia illustrated a direct link between mental health and wealth - with income having no major impact on physical health, but a notable one on psychological issues.

The year ended with a focus on maternal health, as it was revealed that more women than ever are now opting for Caesarean Sections in Australia.

Who would be suited to a move?

Both Australia and New Zealand can be well suited to a wide range of people, from young medics looking for great roles at the start of their careers - to experienced professionals keen to take their skills elsewhere.

Out of every group though, we think both countries are perfect for younger medics with experience looking for a long-term move.

What does the future hold?

Both countries offer stable political climates, whilst funding for healthcare is sustainable and well thought out. As a result, more of the same carefully planned growth in healthcare looks set to be the case for quite a few years to come.