Australia is set to attract and retain skilled health professionals

February 19, 2016
Australian Government has fine-tuned its policies of migration for making sure that it is able to lure and retain skilled healthcare professionals. Nurses, medical practitioners, allied health professionals are being given priority to make sure that adequate supply requirement has been met.

Australia is set to attract and retain skilled health professionals

This year, the Australian Immigration and Border Protection Department (DIBP) has allocated around 13,872 positions for the registered nurses, and around 3,558 nurses for general medical practitioners and around 6,000 for medical specialists like anesthetists and surgeons etc.

Medical professionals who seek to migrate to Australia are needed to complete a process of skills assessment which is administered either by the Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council of Australia or by the Australian Medical Board. 

These departments would make sure that the qualified professionals are well skilled at the level and equivalent to the medical professionals of Australia. This includes examining the qualification, ability of English Language, work experience and type and level of registration. In many cases, the applicants are needed to give a written or oral exam. The process of skills assessment could take months to get complete.

The DIBP has recognized that the employers of Australia are required medical professionals and if they would verify the skills of qualified employee, then that individual will not require to go through the process of strict skills assessment.

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