Australia in need of skilled healthcare professionals

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Australia in need of skilled healthcare professionals
Thursday, 29 December 2011 04:36

Australia in need of skilled healthcare professionals

The increasing demand for experienced healthcare professionals in Australia has been placing strain on the medical system across the country.

While in some cases the industry has faced difficulties due to differences in budget restraints and spending requirements, others have been challenged by what is known to be a lack of qualified personnel willing to move to more remote areas.

Earlier in the month the ABC reported that there were more than 80 positions for general practitioners available in regional parts of Western Australia.

Speaking on the extent of the obvious shortage, the chief executive of Rural Health West Belinda Bailey explained that official measures had done little to alleviate the problem.

Bailey asserted: “WA’s statistics in terms of the percentage of GPs per head of population, remains the worst in rural locations in the country.”

She went on to say that the state was currently experiencing a serious lack of qualified medical personnel - with an approximate 10 per cent gap between the number of general practitioners available and the minimum standard prescribed to provide basic medical services.

“The reality is that we have a critical workforce shortage in rural and remote WA and we all need to do more to focus on attracting the future workforce and retaining the existing workforce,” said Bailey.

A similar situation has been found to exist in the nursing sector - with an increase in demand for basic healthcare services meaning that some institutions are finding themselves under-staffed.

The growing Australian population certainly plays a part in this situation - but so too does the rate of attrition amongst professional medical staff.

As older staff members withdraw from the workforce, the turnaround between positions becoming vacant and a new employee being hired to take on their role can be quite lengthy - and in some cases can be left empty for extended periods of time.

On top of that, the more seasoned workers take with them a wealth of experience that is hard to replace.

For healthcare institutions and international practitioners, this combination of circumstances means that there could be some real opportunities for sponsorship arrangements to be used to meet these demands.

Registered migration consultants are able to give medical organisations the advice they need to make an informed hiring decision.

Skilled migrants involved in the healthcare industries can also approach immigration agents to receive a breakdown of the formal processes required to meet the sponsorship guidelines.

Australia ranked in top three prosperity index

Created on Tuesday, 13 December 2011 03:10 
Written by Editorial staff 

Australia ranked in top three prosperity index

A new study by an independent body has attempted to rate the countries of the world based on how prosperous they appear to be.

The Legatum Institute has recently released its 2011 Prosperity Index which attempts to measure factors such as economy, governance and personal freedom - with Australia being listed ahead of both the US and the UK in third place.

In an effort to determine the factors that go into making a country successful, the organisation recognising that neither wealth nor wellbeing on their own are able to account for ongoing national success - while they still play important roles in this area.

To this end, the institute analyses a number of weighted factors that go towards a country’s final ranking.

For Australia, it gained placed third out of the 110 nations included in the study thanks in particular to high perceptions of educational opportunities and personal freedom - holding first and fourth place - as well as an estimated average distribution of $40,816 per capita for gross domestic product.

These points are often reason enough for some international visitors to consider the merits of applying for residency through registered migration agents - however the measures do not stop there.

In addition to these factors, the index shows Australia as being fairly well placed in terms of governance in sixth place, while economy and entrepreneurship opportunities were both ranked at seventh place.

Health issues put the country at 14th in the world, with the researchers noting that - while related services and infrastructure was of very high quality - a number of other nations were more actively involved in preventative measures such as public immunisation.

In a similar place were the issues of personal safety and security, with the summary acknowledging that Australia did not suffer the negative impacts of state-sponsored or politically motivated violence.

Researchers also indicated that it was the score of the subjective surveys used by the index researchers to measure public opinion that had placed Australia at 14th in this area rather than any negative objective data.

It is this combination of positive economic and social aspects that appears to combine to make Australia a truly prosperous nation - and a promising location for international visitors.

It is for these reasons that many businesses are able to enjoy the continued support of foreign nationals in their ongoing activities - with migration consultants able assess a firm’s suitability for long-term visa applications.

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