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Your guide to working as a nurse in Australia


Fancy exchanging Birmingham for Brisbane, Manchester for Melbourne or Southampton for Sydney?

The country clearly has its attractions – stunning beaches, beautiful weather and an infamous laid-back lifestyle. But if you’ve previously been put off by the paperwork of taking up nursing in Australia, it’s getting even easier for nurses to make the move. From last July, nurses no longer need to register with each individual state to practise. Instead, the country, like the UK, has a national registration and accreditation scheme run by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Add that to the fact that nurses are in high demand in Australia, and as such their visa applications usually get top priority, and you have the makings of a pretty smooth move down under.

Australia is looking for nurses in all specialisms

Dependent on certain criteria, you can have the option of moving permanently as a skilled migrant, working temporarily in the country, or, for those just looking for a taste of the delights Australia has to offer who are aged between 18 and 30, you can head there for a working holiday. There are also options to get occupational trainee visas if you are looking to undertake a supervised training programme in the workplace to improve your skills.

You’ll need to be able to prove that you are proficient in speaking the English language, and there are a number of tests you can take to demonstrate that, and you’ll also need to provide evidence that you are qualified to practise as a nurse.

If this all feels like too much paperwork, you can employ the services of a migration agent, who will advise you how to apply for a work visa, as well as counselling you in choosing the best area to live in terms of schools or lifestyle, as well as help you with finding a property and your financial arrangements.

Australia is looking for nurses in all specialisms, so there really isn’t a better time to grab your bikini (and your fob watch) and head to Oz. The box below provides some useful links to help you navigate the options available to you. This month, we are focusing on Australia, with featured employers who can sponsor nurses to head to the country.

So what are you waiting for? Throw another shrimp on the barbie for me

Useful websites to help you make the move

Agencies recruiting in Australia

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council

Immigration and visa service

Department of Immigration and Citizenship

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia


Readers' comments (2)


    Basic Inforamation

    Name: Miao Lan
    Sex: Female
    Date of Birth: 21st. Aug . 1965
    Nationality : Chinese
    singapore PR
    Telephone: 86-18103711917

    Career Objectives:
    Seek for further self growth and career development in palliative care.

    Professional Qualification:

    Certification in Nursing Practices for Foreign-Educated Nurses, 2006-2007
    HMI-Institute of Health Sciences, Singapore

    Bachelor in Nursing, 2000-2004
    Wu Han University, China

    Advance Diploma in Nursing, 1993-1996
    Hu Bei Medical University, China

    Diploma in Nursing, 1989
    Wu Han Railway Health School, China

    Advance Diploma Computer, 2000-2004
    Zhengzhou Railway Education College, China

    Clinical Experience:

    Jun 2010-present Staff Nurse I
    Palliative care nurse
    HCA Hospice care, Singapore

    Aug 2007- May 2010 Staff Nurse II
    Chronic Sick Ward
    RenCi Hospital & Medicare Centre, Singapore
    Jun 2006-July 2007 HMI-Institute of Health Sciences, Singapore

    May 2005-Oct 2006 In Charge Nurse
    Out patient Dep.,China

    Oct 2000-Nov 2005 Senior Staff Nurse
    Dept.of Bone Density&Calcium Metabolism ,China

    Nov 1995-Sep 2000 Nursing Manager/ Senior Staff Nurse
    ICU China

    Aug 1986-Sep1995 Staff Nurse
    General Surgical Dep.China

    Dec 1984- Jul 1986 Enroll Nurse
    Outpatient Dep./Dept. of Stomatology
    The 5th teaching Hospital of Zhengzhou

    Employment History
    Jun 2010-present HCA Hospice care

    Over 3 years hospice home care working experience.
    Provided consultation to patient who are diagnosed with terminal diseases, as well as emotional and spiritual support for patient.
    Performed physical and psychological health assessments.
    Performed management of pain other symptoms and supportive care.
    Prepared and maintained accurate patient records, and documents.
    Assisted with diagnosis, treatment and management of chronic health conditions.
    Maintained communication with the referring physician,.
    Demonstrate training and mentoring to caregivers and families regarding palliative care nursing skills
    Bereavement follow up,able to have emotional and physical stability to deal with severe illness and death.

    Aug 2007- May 2010 Ren Ci community Hospital
    Over 3 years' work experience in Singapore. Providing knowledgeable, compassionate, and professional care to subacute and chronic sick patient, Experienced and specialized in the tracheotomy care, physical therapy, dressing of multiple bed sore patients. Performed basic Nursing duties, operated medical machinery, help with patients’ follow-up and rehabilitation.

    Dec 1984-Jun2006 The 5th teaching Hospital of Zhengzhou University

    Over 22 years' work experience, providing knowledgeable and professional care to patients of all ages and medical/surgical conditions.

    Gained experience in ICU, provided professional and high-quality patient care in a high-stress, rapidly changing environment.
    Received and carried out nursing duties accordingly.
    Administered I / V therapy and medications as per order.
    Treated patients who were recovering from the surgeries.
    Performed CPR, assist doctor in invasive procedure
    Performed diagnostic testing utilized a variety of test equipment
    Provided health teaching to patients and relatives
    Maintained smooth flow or ward activities

    Analgesic pump application and nursing in compound injuries, China misdiagnosis journal, 2002
    Body language application in ICU, The application nursing journal, 1999

    Continuing education:
    I had met the minimal requirement for staff nurses of 60hours per year for continuous education for the pass three years. Eg :I attended basic palliative care nursing and basic counseling course in 2012 and attended Singapore palliative care conference in 2010,2011,2012.

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  • sharon down

    Very good insight to a nursing career overseas, however is the situation still the same and have your views changed since writing this article?

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