A local recruitment agency is spearheading a drive to sign up 70 Irish nurses to work in public hospitals in New South Wales.
Experienced Irish midwives and mental health nurses are urgently required in Sydney and other areas as their health board launches a new recruitment drive for 70 Irish nurses.
Galway-based recruitment agency, the ICE Group is co-ordinating the campaign in partnership with New South Wales Health which is facing a shortage of registered nurses in public hospitals.
Attractive packages, which includes lucrative salaries and opportunities for career advancement, are on offer for successful candidates. New South Wales hospitals have generous staffing levels with a predominantly registered nurse workforce. Nurses there enjoy some of the best pay and employment conditions in Australia. The package also includes visa sponsorship for one to four years or longer.
Margaret Cox, the director of the ICE Group, says there are excellent career opportunities for Irish nurses in New South Wales.
“Australia’s state-funded healthcare service is very similar to the HSE which makes it easy for Irish nurses to adapt quickly. There’s also a big community of Irish nurses in New South Wales so getting used to the new lifestyle takes very little adjustment.”
The ICE Group provides full support with applications and paperwork and assistance is also available on arrival in Australia. Interviews will take place in Dublin on Friday December 7 with positions commencing in 2013.
“Irish nurses’ qualifications and experience are highly regarded in Australia,” says Susan Pearce, the chief nursing and midwifery officer of NSW.
“Irish nurses have a long history with us. Patients respond well to their attitude and knowledge as well as their warmth and friendliness. Irish nurses are always welcome here.”