Sun, fun and nursing

Whether you aim to start a new life and career or want to enjoy a short working holiday, Australia is an attractive option for many nurses

Whether you aim to start a new life and career or want to enjoy a short working holiday, Australia is an attractive option for many nurses. Erin Dean reports.

Abstract

According to the NMC, about 2,000 nurses are believed to have left the UK and headed to Australia to work last year.

Mental health nurse Gary Ennis moved to Australia in 2003, planning to stay for three years and enjoy the Rugby World Cup. He took a staff nurse post on an acute admissions ward at NorthWestern Mental Health (NWMH) in Melbourne.

‘I found that my skills and experience were transferable,’ he says. ‘The clients using the mental health service have the same types of presentations and diagnoses, and the treatment options and approaches are similar [to those in the UK].’
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Mr Ennis says the lifestyle as well as the work helped make his move permanent.

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This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: volume 30, issue 20

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