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Australia: What is the initial step for an inexperienced nurse from the Philippines to apply as a nurse in australia?

I am a young Registered Nurse with no clinical experience and I am very much interested to migrate to Australia. But since I have no experience after my nursing registration in the Philippines I don't know what my next step would be.  know it will be a lot more difficult for me because I lack in clinical experience. Any information would be highly regarded

Answers :  get experience where you are at first - at least 2-5 yrs
My recommendation is to gain some clinical experience before you go. You will have a much better chance finding employment that way, especially coming from another country.

I know that you need to be Registered to work in Australia as a Nurse, and each state is different. Some nurses migrate to Australia and get their experience as an Assistant In Nursing (AIN) until their registration comes through, and to gain some clinical experience. Again, it is better if you get some clinical experience before you migrate to Australia.

Once you have some experience, you may find these websites useful to help you to find a job in Australia. Sponsorship Australia advertises jobs specifically for overseas nationals, and tends to have a steady flow of medical positions.
If you do not have any experience, you need to take a nursing course to get the registration in Australia. Then, you need to undertake 'Graduate Nurse Program' for your first year.

You will get some ideas if you visit the site below.

Have a look at the Queensland Nursing Council:

Your nursing qualifications must be recognised in Australia and as a general rule, 2 years experience would be sufficient to get a work visa, however you would probably need to find a sponsoring employer (which is not at all difficult to do).

Public hospitals in each Australian state are controlled and staffed by their respective state governments. Here is information relating to employment for overseas trained nurses in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales:

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AMC pathways information

The Australian Medical Council (AMC) assesses international medical graduates who want to practise medicine in Australia. The assessment process follows one of four different pathways:

The AMC also offers a service to the Australian state and territory medical boards to conduct primary source verification of the primary medical degrees of international medical graduates wishing to register with the boards.


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