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If you’ve got a licence to care, there’s a strong demand for health workers and[nurses] across[Australia]. Anne Bakke finds out about how you can enjoy a rewarding nursing career in Oz…

Use your[skills] while travelling, and experience the sensation of making a real difference Down Under. If you’ve done your time on the school bench and got yourself a recognised[nursing degree] or diploma you’ll find you’re a popular traveller indeed as there are loads of vacant positions across Australia.

Australia still has a strong demand for health workers, says healthcare recruitment specialist Vicky Roper (IPA Personnel). “The healthcare industry requires reliability,” says healthcare expert Tracy Thorp (Chandler Macleod Health).

As well as, “strong communication skills, the ability to work well under pressure, an empathetic nature and the ability to work autonomously, as well as part of a team.

Rates of pay vary depending in which sector a[nurse] is working (ie, in aged care or in a private hospital), and whether the employer pays above the award. “The nurses’ award also varies between states and is based on years of experience. Temporary placements are usually more highly paid,” says Tracy Thorp.

Due to the employment shortage, there are also many opportunities for[sponsorships] in nursing. Should you decide that the Australian sun is
more fun than London fog, once you’re in a placement you like simply ask your employer about sponsorship possibilities. Alternatively, some
recruitment agencies arrange visas for you. IPA specialises in[sponsorship] of nurses from overseas.[Search live jobs now]