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Sun Nov 01, 2009 5:11 am

I am a Fourth year Psychiatric student nurse in Ireland and it is my dream to live in Australia.I was wondering if anyone had
information on how the availability of jobs and how to apply?I also have a diploma in Forensic Psychology and Criminology
and have experiance in working in the main Forensic Hospital in Ireland.I would be very interested in working
in that area.If any one has any information or contact numbers/names I would be so greatful.



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Nov 07, 2009, 07:41 pm Last edited Nov 07, 2009, 07:41 pm update #1

I am sure that they would love you here in Australia.

There is a brand new forensic hospital outside of Sydney in New South Wales which seems to be having troubles recruiting staff, judging from the number of ads I keep seeing. Try having a look at

In Victoria the forensic facility is called the Thomas Embling Hospital and is run by Forensicare and located in Fairfield a suburb of Melbourne.

NSW and Victoria are the two largest states, but other states will also have forensic facilities.

Good luck.

modified: Saturday 07 November 2009 8:06:33 pm - gogirlgo

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Dec 04, 2009, 11:37 am

Most certainly contact NSW Justice Health.

You are exactly what they are spending $1.5 million of NSW Tax Payer's money on recruiting.

Why are they interested in recruiting Irish nurses.... because most of the management team are Irish, simple.

Why are they " having trouble recruiting " ?? Because they put the standard up so high, very few of the

' hundreds ' of local applicants were accepted. You must have a post grad qualification to even get an interview.

From overseas, your application will clear in 2 -3 days. Local applicants takes up to two months to get a Police Clearance for criminal records.

Best advice is, find your preferred job. Apply directly to them. Never work for an ' agency ' first. Your preferred employer will hold it against you. Agency nurses get tagged with the ' why are you an agency nurse ' thing. It's often considered, that nurses go to agencies because they have a ' bad ' record somewhere.

If you work for an agency at the Forensic Hospital, as many agencies are signed up with them, they will ' pick you to pieces ' during the interview. Worst thing to do.

Working agency in NSW is almost ' professional suicide '. You can't get references from agency work. In NSW, the nursing world revolves around references. A reference will either make or break you. Forget carrying your resume into an interview.... two names and phone numbers is what nursing is all about these days.... in NSW anyway. Our State has gone to the dogs !! We have the worst Public Health record in the country

So, come on down to NSW..... if this is what you really want. We already have 45,000 RNs ( with Public Hospital capacity at around 6 - 8,000 ..... we can always do with more ???



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Dec 17, 2009, 05:44 pm

Senior RN, I wonder if the NSW have implemented a change that Qld's have recently adopted...i.e. allepersons wishing to register with Queensland Nursing Council has to have a police check...irregardless that is...:(

Would this not also apply to international applicants?

ranjith kumar


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Mar 20, 2012, 12:09 am

hey any one help me out ,am a registered bsc nurse from india with two years of experience in psychiatric hospital . wishing to work in australia what should i do to get the job over there.

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