Nurses expected to top demand for specialist jobs in Australia in 2015

by Ray Clancy on December 17, 2014

in Jobs in Australia

There are likely to be more jobs for nurses, midwives, physiotherapists and dieticians in Australia in 2105, according to health service recruiters.

Recruitment firms forecast steady employment growth across the health sector next year as new hospitals in several states open their doors, while community aged care is expected to expand nationally due to investment in consumer directed care.

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Nurses with specialist skills in theatre, mental health and palliative care are in demand

Nurses with specialist skills in theatre, mental health and palliative care are in demand, while employment opportunities for allied health and nursing graduates are also predicted to rise, especially in regional and remote locations.

Skilled and experienced nurses, midwives and allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, podiatrists, occupational therapists and dieticians are all expected to be in demand.

“We continue to see an increased level of demand for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals within the growing aged care sector, which is putting additional strain on other health sectors and remote locations,” said Mark de Vink, Hays Healthcare regional director.

He pointed out that an example of this is in the Northern Territory where the firm has seen a spike in demand for midwives.

He also pointed out that recruiters and employers continue to face difficulties attracting nurses, midwives and allied health professionals to regional and remote areas, where there’s a real demand for their skills.

“Finding candidates who can provide consistency of service continues to be a struggle for employers and recruiters. Despite changes to staffing structures within the public sector in Tasmania, experienced registered nurses are in demand for aged care in north Tasmania and there has been an increase in demand for theatre nurses in the north west,” he added.

There are currently have regional opportunities in Geelong, Bendigo, and Gippsland in Victoria, in Port Augusta and Mt Gambier in South Australia, and Launceston and Burnie in Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

These opportunities are primarily in the acute and aged care environments but there’s also a rise in demand for a range of health care professionals, including those with specialist mental health skills, in remote mining areas.

Many overseas healthcare professionals want to live in the popular areas of the country such as around Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, but de Vink explained that those prepared to work in more remote areas can often command higher than average salaries.

For those who wish to spend some time travelling, it is possible to combine a backpacking style tour with locum work, moving between available roles in each region.

But there are also reports of shortages of nurses in Sydney and midwives are needed in every state. Theatre nurses are also in very high demand and experienced emergency nurses are needed in regional areas.

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