Country Yarns A Dreamlike Journey Article by Dr Yucel Guldali May 2005 Life is something like a gift presented to humans for only once. But I am of the view that if you are an open, flexible person and if you emigrate to a new country, this is in a way like a second life, being reborn if you like, therefore a privilege. This may not apply to cases where one moves to a country which is similar to his own but it must be a great change, a thrilling adventure for people who move to a country with a totally different culture, language and traditions. Even though we are individuals of a developing muslim country I and my wife have always felt ourselves closer to values of western countries and we tried to raise our daughter in that direction. In deciding to leave our country our wish for our daughter to grow up in a more free and safer environment, has been the most important factor. For around two years we have literally been locked for this goal. We made all our plans according to that. We had so many dreams about our possible life in Australia and we neglected the possibility that we may not be able to succeed. It was a very long process to fulfil the criteria to satisfy a developed country’s high standards and we had a lot of difficulties at times, many pages of forms to be filled, lots of documents to be provided etc. It sometimes made us kind of hopeless as many months passed without a practice being interested in my queries, but we did not lose our determination and stayed in patience. At last, thanks to Health Workforce Queensland and especially with Debbie Tansacha’s enormous support and help I managed to get a job offer from a medical clinic in Innisfail and medical registration by Queensland Medical Board and we are at the doorstep of our dreams coming true pending the last requirement to be met, the temporary residence visa… Now we are looking forward to the news, which will come from Brisbane. The excitement is at the highest point. Maybe since it is not finalized yet we tend to neglect the possible unfavourable aspects. My daughter began learning English this year and she is getting along pretty well. My wife might have some difficulty but I am confident in her and think she would get it with time. I listen to Brisbane’s radio 4BC every day on the net to get accustomed to Aussie accent. I collect information on Australia. I make enquiries about Australian general practice. Country Yarns Innisfail seems to be a very beautiful town located in far North Queensland. We believe that we will lead a peaceful life in there. It will probably take some time for me to adapt to the medical practice in Australia. No matter how well you have learned a foreign language, it is said that you would definitely have problems while using it in its native country. Therefore I sometimes get concerned about communicating with patients, especially when psychological complaints are involved. My daughter impatiently looks forward to the day that we would leave for Australia. She dreams of Innisfail’s natural beauty, of living in a country house with a garden and a dog and of swimming in the beaches. My wife and I are sometimes concerned about her adaptation difficulties in a new environment. Although my wife is a nurse here in Turkey, she is not thinking of working as a nurse in her new country. She would love to work voluntarily for animal shelters if needed. This could be a huge experience for her, as she loves animals very much. We will see in a week or two if we will be able to go for this dreamlike journey. Especially for my daughter’s future I feel responsible and wish badly that a positive decision will come from the immigration office in Brisbane. In my teenage years when I was about to start learning English, my father used to keep saying that I would get the chance to be a world citizen one day if I spoke good English. Now at least my daughter is so close to get this chance.