Workers in the medical profession are needed in a variety of countries. Both southern hemisphere countries of New Zealand and Australia are facing a serious shortage of registered nurses, which opens up a great opportunity for trained personnel from overseas to move to the southern hemisphere. Other health professionals are also in short supply, with the demand for labour in the medical work force outstripping supply by more than 25 per cent in New Zealand according to Ministry of Health statistics. In Queensland, Australia, population growth projections show the state will need more than 10,000 more nurses alone by 2014. It’s all good news for medical workers from countries like Britain who love the warm sunny climate and lower cost of living in New Zealand and Australia.
With more and more health professionals realising that living and working in New Zealand and Australia is a real option, it’s important to understand the benefits of working through a medical recruitment agency to smooth the transition. Because of the wide range of health jobs available, it can be difficult to know where to start if you are looking on your own. If you have never been to these countries and are looking for a job from home, it makes even more sense to use a medical recruitment agency to help you find the right role for you. Although New Zealand and Australia are only just over 2000 kms apart and share mild and temperate climates, there are several differences between the two nations. New Zealand is a smaller island nation with nearly 200 public and private hospitals while the much larger continent of Australia has 750 hospitals.
Agencies have bucket loads of experience, local knowledge and contacts with finding health jobs in New Zealand and Australia – and there is no charge to you for their services. They will match your skills and needs with exactly the right job for you and take away a lot of the paperwork hassles. Medical recruitment agencies know what hoops need to be jumped through before you can take your particular health sector skills to a new country – and many of those preliminaries are tricky to navigate on your own.
There are jobs available in a wide range of health settings for registered nurses, midwives and other health professionals. Some are in big cities and others are in smaller towns or remote country areas. New Zealand has 16 regions and Australia has six states and two territories. A medical recruitment agency will know all there is to know about each of the jobs available and will help you find the most suitable job. Finding a job in another country can be a lonely and harrowing experience at the best of times. Going through a medical recruitment agency removes all that stress completely. You will have a personal consultant to work with you every step of the way – even helping with accommodation suggestions if necessary.
Medical professionals from all walks of life have made the move to Australia and New Zealand to further their medical careers and this includes those with a strong interest in medical research. Both countries have research institutes doing great work in this area and many of the universities and hospitals are also involved in significant medical breakthroughs. Over the last few years in Australia, breakthroughs have been made in the areas of motor neuron disease, floppy baby syndrome, ovarian cancer and heart disease. New Zealand research has made inroads into the treatment of muscular dystrophy, diabetes and cancer.
Those who have already made the move to new health careers in Australia and New Zealand say they were glad they used a medical recruitment agency to get their registrations recognised. Agencies also made sure the whole process was done in the right order so no crucially important details were missed. Agency staff know all the pitfalls and know how to keep you going when you feel like giving up.
Moving to a new job in a new country can be a scary road with many pitfalls. Don’t go it alone when you can have a consultant from a medical recruitment agency alongside you all the way.