Employees flock to Victoria amid stress on state’s healthcare system

Hundreds of international healthcare workers have been relocated to Victoria in the past year, in what has been heralded as a major boost for the state’s hospital system.

Doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals have been recruited over the past year from overseas to help ease pressure on Victoria’s public system.

Premier Daniel Andrews said almost 700 workers have arrived in the state in the last year alone from Ireland, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, New Zealand, the Philippines and the United States, with one in five working in a regional area.

Almost 200 have accessed the Andrews’ government’s travel allowance scheme to help with relocation costs, benefiting those moving to metro areas $10,000 and regional areas $13,000.

“People are our healthcare system’s greatest asset, and as demand for care continues to rise, the biggest support we can give our healthcare workers is an extra set of hands.” Prime Minister Andrews said.

“Our health system continues to see record demand and our recruitment blitz is making a big difference on the ground, helping provide the timely, world-class care that every Victorian deserves.”

In an effort to keep workers in the sector, the state government rolled out an initiative to include $3,000 payments for staff working in public hospitals and ambulance services.

The state is pushing to hire an extra 2000 staff from abroad by mid 2023 to make up for a shortfall of 7000 staff.

The opening of the international borders after the Covid-19 closures has meant interest from other countries has grown, with many workers “keen to experience the Australian way of life”.

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