Shortage of health care professionals reported in remote regions of Australia

by Ray Clancy on August 4, 2014

in Jobs in Australia

Although Australia needs a large number of health care workers and this can be a great opportunity for overseas professionals, some of the best jobs are in more remote regions.

There has always been an issue with many overseas job seekers wanting to work in big city hubs like Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, but Australians are also reluctant to move to more remote locations.

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Healthcare jobs are available for skilled overseas workers, but many are in remote regions of Australia

But health care employers are actively seeking experienced physiotherapists, psychologists and occupational therapists, according to a new employment hotspots report.

The latest Hays Quarterly Report also explains that there is an increasing trend to employ experienced allied health professionals over graduates.

The recruitment firm’s outlook, based on employer trends, states experienced physiotherapists and psychologists are needed for jobs with government departments and private sector organisations.

‘Health care employers are looking for highly experienced staff and for most roles they are unable to take on graduates. Often they cannot afford to have a full time staff member mentor and sit in with a graduate candidate,’ it adds.

The report also points out that employers are struggling to attract occupational therapists and physiotherapists to vacancies in remote locations due to accommodation difficulties.

‘Some vacancies are in remote locations, such as Alice Springs or Katherine, and candidates are usually reluctant to relocate on a permanent basis. In addition, accommodation cannot always be provided by the employer and a lack of suitable accommodation options can make it difficult to attract candidates to roles in such locations,’ it explains.

The report outlines a demand for registered nurses in remote clinics, not for profit organisations and private hospitals, and again highlights a shortage of experienced candidates.

Employers in the Northern Territory are struggling to attract suitable permanent candidates willing to stay in the area for lengthy periods. ‘Candidate levels are seasonal and there can be an influx in the need for registered nurses at local hospitals during the dry period. In addition, the salary expectations of interstate candidates can be high as they often believe there is an increase in pay for working in the territory, which isn’t always the case,’ the report points out.

‘We are also seeing a need for permanent staff in remote areas, however living and working in such locations is generally not the preferred option for candidates,’ it adds.

 

 

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dexter minoza August 8, 2014 at 5:38 am

how to apply for health care opportunities? thanks

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