Maureen Bryson moved out to Western Australia at the age of 45. Although she faced challenges when looking for work, she would recommend it to anyone
“It’s a beautiful place to live and work and a country posting is a wonderful experience.”
These few words sum up Maureen Bryson’s experience of leaving the United Kingdom to work in Western Australia as a mental health nurse.
After many visits to a friend who had emigrated to Australia, Maureen couldn’t wait to live there.
“I applied for lots and lots of jobs before I was successful in securing a position with the Mental Health Service in Merredin in the Wheatbelt (around 160 miles east of the Western Australian capital Perth),” Maureen said.
“Working with country people and indigenous people was an invaluable experience that I will never forget.”
But Maureen also cautions that it may not be all smooth sailing for anyone wanting to make the move.
“At times I thought I was never going to get the break to work here, especially because of my age. But if I can make it at 45, anyone can, so hang in there – it will happen.”
Western Australia is currently undergoing unprecedented investment in its public hospitals, with $7 billion being spent upgrading existing health facilities or building new hospitals.
To meet growing demand, WA Health is looking to recruit suitably qualified registered nurses and midwives with experience in the following areas of specialty; maternity, neonates, emergency, intensive care, coronary care, peri-operative, mental health, paediatric oncology and rural and remote nursing.
While some nurses and midwives from overseas have experienced issues with registration, you can reduce your risk of the same issues if you register your interest through the WA Health International Workforce Supply Bureau rather than navigating the process independently or via recruitment agencies.
WA Health strongly advises nurses and midwives not to move to Australia without having their registration granted and a firm job offer in place.
WA Health will only offer employment to people who have met the registration requirements and have the in-demand experience and skills we are seeking.
For further information about nursing and midwifery opportunities in WA, go to www.wago.co.uk and follow the Migration Opportunities for Health Professionals links. You can also send your enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org