The man who once lived on the fringe of the medical tourism market is telling his story, in an effort to educate Australians about what life is really like for him and his family.
Peter was one of the first to arrive in Australia when the country opened its doors to overseas visitors in 2001.
Peter and his wife, Rose, were one of four Australians invited to the country in early 2003.
It was a golden opportunity to visit the best hospitals in Australia and get a taste of life in the country, said Peter, who had been a nurse for 15 years.
It felt really good to be here, to meet some really great people and feel like I had a part in the lives of people.
Peter had never been to a country like Australia before and he was still in a bit of a shock.
He thought, ‘Oh, I don’t know what to expect here’.
I had no idea how to eat.
I was a vegetarian.
I just couldn’t get ahold of what was going on in my life and I didn’t know anything about Australian culture.
The couple had lived in Australia for six years and were planning to move to the United States.
However, the visa application process was very challenging and the couple eventually had to leave their homes in Australia.
They had two daughters to support, one was born prematurely, so the couple had to work a lot to make ends meet.
They lived in an apartment in Sydney with their daughter, a daughter and three sons, all of whom are now aged over 12.
Peter, who has a degree in architecture, said he struggled to find work as he did not have the qualifications to work as a nurse in Australia’s capital.’
There’s a big gap between what you’re good at and what you should be,’ he said.’
And the only thing I can do is just do my job and be patient.’
My wife was a nurse, and I’m a nurse too, but I didn