By Erly C. Garcia
Good news to Filipino registered nurses (RN), licensed practical nurses (LPN) or midwives. The Australian government is dire need of nurses thus seeking applicants from the Philippines. Jenny Anastasi, Program Director of Central Queensland University (CQU) based in Australia, said their country presently needs around 40,000 nurses.
Anastasi along with CQU lecturers Duncan Bray and Lydia Mainey were in Iloilo City recently to spread the good news. They intend to tie up with Central Philippine University (CPU) for the conduct of assessment for prospective applicants.
Anastasi said application is open for all RNs, LPNs and midwives (with Bachelor’s degree) in the Philippines provided they obtain an overall passmark of 7 in the International English Language Testing System Academic module (IELTS). She said, there is no age limit for the applicants.
The applicants will then be required to pass a nursing competency test (theoretical and clinical) before getting registered as nurse in Australia.
Anastasi said they will conduct a nursing test in Manila, Cebu and Iloilo this coming July and September for free.
On top of the theoretical test the applicant will be required to undertake a four-week clinical test to be held in Australia in which the expenses will be shouldered by the applicant. Anastasi said they could help with the accommodation of applicants who will take the clinical test in Australia through their linkages with the Filipino community there.
Anastasi urged Filipino RNs, LPNs and midwives to try Australia as the processing time for a working visa is shorter compared to that of the United States of America or the United Kingdom.
She said the processing time for a working visa to Australia for one year up to four years could be as short as six weeks.
She added that the Filipino nurses working in Australia are allowed to include their entire family (spouse and dependent children below 25 years old) in their permanent resident visa. Also, once they get permanent resident visa then it will open the doors to the migration of their brothers, sisters, nephew, nieces and other relatives.
With regard to compensation, Anastasi said that nurses in Australia get as much as A$50,000 (P1,925,000 at P1=A$38.50) a year exclusive of overtime pays and other benefits. Their salary also increases depending on their work experience and expertise.
Mainey, on the other hand, stressed that nurses are one of Australia’s most highly respected professional groups. She said, they are recognized as skilled health care providers, combining education and professionalism with a caring concern for patients.
Anastasi said interested applicants may make inquiries with CPU or may email the Queensland Nursing Council through its web site: www.qnc.qld.gov.au.
Photo: FILIPINO NURSES TO AUSTRALIA. Jenny Anastasi (2nd from left) Director of the Centre for Professional Health Education of Central Queensland University in Australia briefs reporters on Australia’s intention to hire at least 40,000 Filipino nurses while associates Duncan Bray and Lydia Mainey look on. The Australian officials went to Central Philippine University in Iloilo City to set up a system of qualifications for the exams. Pinoy Gonzales II/ PNS
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