Australian government launches poster campaign to recruit Irish healthcare workers – The Irish Times

The Australian government has launched a poster campaign near Irish hospitals seeking to recruit overseas healthcare staff as part of its pandemic stimulus package.

Unions have said that unless action is taken to improve working conditions for workers in the sector, the exodus of Irish hospital workers overseas will continue.

Signs say Victoria, Australia is “now recruiting healthcare workers”. There is also a web address for a jobs section at the Australian Department of Health.

“Join the community,” he says, noting that the ad is “licensed by the Victorian Government, Melbourne, Australia.”

As part of Victoria’s Department of Health Pandemic Recovery Plan, more than $80 million has been allocated to provide an additional 400 perioperative nurses, upgrade the skills of 1,000 theater nurses and technicians and recruit up to 2,000 expatriate and international healthcare workers through a global workforce recruitment campaign. .

The number of healthcare workers emigrating to Australia is an ongoing concern for the Irish government as it creates staffing shortages in the state’s healthcare system.

Figures from the Irish Medical Organization (IMO) in May revealed that 402 doctors migrated to Australia in the first five months of the year, up from 272 in 2019.

An IMO spokesperson said the advertisement will be “no surprise to the government or the HSE”.

“Levels of emigration are increasing year on year as many doctors and other healthcare workers leave Ireland to work in healthcare systems that value, respect and support them,” he said. declared.

“We have been warning for years that the government must recognize the toxic working conditions, unsustainable hours and pressures our doctors are under as they attempt to provide patient care in a system that is under-resourced in all settings.

A spokeswoman for the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization (INMO) said its own surveys suggest that many nursing and midwifery graduates intend to leave Ireland.

“Our members are currently overworked and overworked in their workplaces, they tell us they are not prepared to endure another winter in intolerable conditions, many voting with their feet and quitting the profession altogether,” a- she declared.

“The HSE must do everything it can to retain these nurses. There needs to be a laser focus on retaining nurses and midwives in the coming weeks. We need to ensure that there is a legal basis for implementing safe staffing levels.

The spokeswoman said that to ensure young healthcare workers see Ireland as a viable place to work and thrive, the government must do more to “reduce the cost of living near major hospitals in Dublin, Cork and Galway, including tackling rising rents.”

Dr Niamh Humphries, who led a research project on the retention of hospital doctors for the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, which represents more than 11,000 doctors and specialists, has previously written in this journal that “the emigration of doctors on this scale is not sustainable and requires an urgent policy response”.

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