Information For International Nurses
Working in Melbourne
Nursing in Melbourne offers a vast variety of opportunities for travelling nurses
or those interested in either extended or permanent placement. Every conceivable nursing
speciality is available in a range of public, private and community based health
The working conditions in the health care facilities is of a high standard. Newly
established patient-nurse ratios of 4:1 will be adopted in public hospitals in
the near future allowing nurses to take time necessary to provide quality care.
Many of the major hospitals and aged care facilities in Melbourne have adopted
a "no lift policy" to reduce risk of injury to nursing staff who are constantly
required to move and reposition patients. The purchase of lifting devices and
aids along with assistance of orderlies to move heavy patients and the provision
of education programs for nursing staff in the use of this equipment is aimed at
reducing the high rate of back injury among nurses.
Information about immigration requirements, work visas and the forms for
completion can be accessed from the Australian Department of Immigration
and Multicultural Affairs website at www.immi.gov.au/allforms/migrate.htm
Nurse Registration process in Australia and Victoria
Australian Nursing Council
The Australian Nursing Council Inc. is the national nursing body and acts
as a central assessor for overseas nurses intending to work in Australia.
The application form can be found on their website www.anci.org.au. Completion of this
form and payment of the $500.00 application fee is required for processing of the
application to commence.
This site also contains the Code of Conduct, Code of Ethics, and Competancy
Standards expected of Nurses working in Australia.
PO Box 873
Dickson ACT 2602
Telephone: +61 (2) 6257 7960
Fax: +61 (2) 6257 7955
Nurses Board of Victoria
Following this, overseas applicants are required to complete an application
for registration in Victoria, either by attending in person or by completing
the required documents and returing them by mail. To obtain these forms you
must currently contact the Board at the following address.
Level 7, 607 Bourke Street
Telephone: +61 (3) 9613 0333
Fax: +61 (3) 9269 2409
Arriving in Melbourne
The team at Melbourne Nursing Agency will meet you at the
airport and can assist in finding short-term accommodation, helping with
getting bank accounts, Medicare and other necessities organised.
Melbourne Nursing Agency can provide a broad range of work in
Melbourne's leading public and private hospitals.
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