Hundreds of foreign medical professionals flock to bolster Vic’s medical services, says Andrews

Victoria’s health service is being boosted by the recruitment of hundreds of doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals from overseas, state Premier Daniel Andrews announced over the weekend.

Mr Andrews, who visited the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center in Melbourne on Sunday with Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas, said that over the past year nearly 700 foreign healthcare workers had arrived in Victoria from Ireland, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, New Zealand, Philippines and USA. He said one in five worked in regional areas of the state.

He said the additional healthcare workers helped add to the 8,500 who joined during the pandemic with a total of 22,000 who had joined state healthcare staff since 2014, the year Mr. Andrews came to power.

The reopening of international borders had seen interest from other countries continue to grow.

Nearly 200 of the newcomers had accessed the government’s travel allowance program to help cover relocation costs of up to $10,000 for moving to a metropolitan area and $13,000 for regional areas.

“Our healthcare system continues to see record demand and our recruitment campaign is making a big difference on the ground, helping to deliver the world-class, timely care that every Victorian deserves.” said Mr. Andrews.

Ms Thomas said: “Attracting new talent and retaining our existing workforce is at the heart of our pandemic recovery plan – every worker plays a critical role in getting the healthcare system back on track after a few years really difficult.”