15 November 2015
By Elaine Murphy
Experienced Irish mental health nurses and midwives are urgently required in Sydney and other areas of New South Wales as their health board launches a new recruitment drive for 70 Irish nurses. Galway-based recruitment agency ICE Group are co-ordinating the campaign in partnership with New South Wales Health who are facing a shortage of registered nurses in public hospitals.
Attractive packages are on offer for successful candidates with lucrative salaries and opportunities for real career advancement. New South Wales hospitals have generous staffing levels with a predominantly Registered Nurse workforce, and 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.
“There are excellent career opportunities for Irish nurses in New South Wales,” said Margaret Cox, Director of ICE Group. “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,” she said.
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, 7 December, with positions commencing in 2013.
“Irish nurses’ qualifications and experience are highly regarded in Australia,” said Susan Pearce, 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,” she said.