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April 29, 2021

Healthcare Workers Continue to be In-Demand

Health is one of the fastest-growing sectors in Australia, with about 10% to 13% of the workforce engaged in it. Particularly now with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the demand in personnel for healthcare continues to surge which means nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals are in constant demand.

With the end of the financial year approaching us soon, now is a great time for certified health professionals to start their PR process. With healthcare being the number 1 industry for new jobs in Australia there are many options and pathways one could take.  

Registered Nurse: Registered Nurses are one of the careers that are in the highest demand at present. This fast-paced role is both challenging and rewarding. For Registered nurses, the skills assessing authority is Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). ANMAC is capable of assessing internationally qualified nurses as well as international students studying nursing in Australia who have completed their course and are registered in either Australia or New Zealand. A modified skills assessment is available for those nurses registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) or the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ)

Doctors: The professional registration process for doctors is dependant on the applicant’s qualifications. The three basic pathways for doctors are:  

  • Competent Authority Pathway 
  • Standard Pathway 
  • Specialist Pathway 

The appropriate pathway needs to be looked at on a case-by-case basis. Competent and Specialist pathways may require additional theoretical and practical tests. Another available pathway for Doctors is the “Short-Term training in a Medical Speciality Pathway,” for individuals who wish to undertake a short period of specialist or advanced training in Australia.  

The Skills Assessment body for medical practitioners and specialists in the Medical Board of Australia. The visa application process can only be started following a successful registration with the board.  

Allied Health Assistants: Allied Health Assistant Jobs involve supporting doctors and nurses to assist with patients. Health Assistants work across many different healthcare settings which may include, hospitals, medical centres, community health centres, mental health services and universities and schools. A variety of pathways and options are available for Health Assistants depending on the job descriptions and their placements on the Skilled Categories

Aged Care Workers: The aged care system in Australia caters to a range of services to meet individual needs. Aged care providers are able to hire overseas workers with specialised skills that will support the older Australian population from multicultural backgrounds. Care providers can request a company-specific labour agreement to sponsor skilled overseas workers for a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa or an Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS). 

If you’re in the healthcare sector, now is the time to start your PR journey to Australia. 

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