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Australia seeks 200 Irish nurses

Galway recruitment agency seeking nurses for Australia

Anton McNulty

The flood of people from the west of Ireland heading ‘down under’ looks set to continue with a Galway based recruitment agency seeking to recruit nurses to work in the New South Wales health system.
New South Wales Health have teamed up with ICE Group, a Galway based recruitment company, to fill 200 new nursing posts in the Australian State. The recruitment drive is seeking registered Irish nurses to fill these positions which are available in areas including general medicine, surgical medicine, mental health and midwifery.
The recruitment drive for Irish nurses is due to the current shortage of experienced registered nurses in New South Wales’ public hospitals, especially in regional areas.
“There are excellent career opportunities for Irish nurses in Australia,” said Margaret Cox, former Fianna Fáil Senator and Director of ICE Group. “Australia’s state-funded healthcare service is similar to the HSE which makes it easy for Irish nurses to adapt to familiar working practices very 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.
“Irish nurses’ qualifications, experience and reputation are highly regarded in Australia,” said Adjunct Professor Debra Thomas, 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,” she said.
Interviews for the nursing jobs will take place at the end of August and early September this year in Dublin, London, Manchester and Edinburgh. Successful candidates will be offered a job on the day of their interview and they will take up their positions before July 2012.
This is the latest recruitment drive by Australian States seeking to attract skilled Irish workers with the promise of well paid jobs. Earlier this month, Western Australia launched a recruitment drive in Ireland seeking workers to fill the chronic shortage of workers in the resource-rich state which could put mining projects at risk.
Major projects under consideration or already underway in Western Australia include expansions of BHP Billiton's and Rio Tinto's Western Australian iron ore operations. Skilled workers, from restaurant managers to mining engineers, hoping to escape straightened circumstances at home are being targeted.
Western Australia alone has more than $225 billion of resource and infrastructure projects planned, the state said, roughly half of that in mining, mostly in iron ore, and the remaining slice in natural gas.
This week, a New Zealand recruitment company explained that they will be targeting Irish workers to make up part of the 8,000 workers needed to help rebuild earthquake-hit city of Christchurch.