According to the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, almost half (45%) of the Australian population (8.5 million people) aged between 18-65 will experience a mental disorder at some stage.
However, only one third of people (34.9%) with a mental health disorder used health services for their mental health problem – that means almost two thirds of people with a mental health disorder go completely untreated.
Mental health is an important – and all too often, ignored – field of health in Australia.
Fortunately, that’s all tipped to change with increases in government funding for mental health initiatives in the coming years. Which means plenty of job opportunities for aspiring mental health nurses in both the private and public sectors in Australia coming up in the pipeline.
Are you a mental health nurse from the UK, Ireland, Canada, the US, or New Zealand, interested in mental health nursing opportunities in Australia? Australian Nursing Agency (ANA) wants you! Join us today.
In 2015, it was estimated that about 1 in 15 (6.9%) nurses (both registered and enrolled nurses) employed in Australia worked as mental health nurses.
And with additional funding being earmarked for mental health services nationwide, there’s never been a better time to register as a mental health nurse in Australia.
It gets better, though: these opportunities are also available to overseas nurses who wish to gain valuable nursing experiences… all while exploring the Land Down Under!
Once you become part of the mental health sector, nurses will most likely deal with various mental disorders including the following which have the highest prevalence rates:
If you are an overseas nurse and are interested in a diverse and fulfilling career opportunity in mental health nursing in Australia, register with ANA today.
Our goal is to connect you with job opportunities in nursing in the land down under – such as mental health – all while being able to freely explore the beautiful Australian continent and all that it has to offer.
If you choose to become part of ANA, you can choose to work as a mental health nurse on a casual, locum or permanent basis. It all depends on your availability!
Basically, work whenever, wherever – your time belongs to you, so use it as you like.
You can work in all areas within the mental health field including:
ANA is one of Australia’s most reputable nursing agencies and the preferred supplier of overseas nurses to various health and medical facilities. We are proud to be Australia’s largest specialist mental health agency and the only specialist mental health agency on the Victorian Public Sector health services tender panel.
If this sounds like a dream to you, ANA will be with you every step of the way to turn it into a reality.
In fact, getting started is easy. Here’s how it works:
Joining ANA is simple: just fill in this registration form. You can also attach your CV if you’d like. You must also tell us which Visa you have.
2. Evaluation and verification
Our recruitment team will then assess your eligibility and you may be required to submit the following:
If you meet our criteria, we will be in touch to start the nurse registration process as well as other important details like your estimated arrival date in Australia.
Here’s where things start getting interesting. The interview is often one of the most intimidating parts of any job application – trust us, we know.
At ANA, we do what we can to make the interview process as easy as possible. You don’t have to wait until you’ve landed in Australia to go forward with your interview – we are more than willing to accommodate you by conducting the interview either by phone or online if from our UK office!
During the interview process, we will be requesting you to submit specific material, including:
If you do not have an AHPRA nursing registration certificate, you can read about how you can become AHPRA registered here.
Once you have submitted the required documents, we will ask you to take a competency assessment related to your field or a drug calculation test.
Our competency tests are quick tests aimed at uncovering your experiences and know-how. All nurses will be required to take an evaluation specific to your specialisation.
We know, we know. How many hoops do you have to jump through?
Fortunately, you’re not far from the end now!
If you have completed the all the steps that we have mentioned above and your application has been approved and accepted by our recruitment staff, you are now ready to start working with ANA – congratulations!
We pride ourselves on the variety and flexibility we offer to all of the nurses that work for us. Spontaneous road trip? Want to explore the coast for a week? Maybe you want your working holiday to be less work, more holiday?
No drama! You should download our app so you’ve got your whole world in your hand: adjust your availability as needed, accept shifts, and access payroll all within a single app.
If you wish to learn more about ANA, our recruitment process and other important details about working as mental health nurse in Australia, fill in this form. We’d love to hear from you! Alternatively, drop us a message on Facebook.