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Healthcare

October – December 2014

Registered Psychologists – Employers are looking for registered and highly experienced candidates, who are in short supply. Currently companies cannot afford to have a fulltime staff member mentor and sit in with a graduate candidate who needs supervision before they can become a registered psychologist.

Occupational Therapists – Experienced and registered candidates are in short supply in this area. Employers with vacancies in remote locations struggle to attract suitable candidates due to accommodation difficulties.

Registered Nurses – Experienced AHPRA registered nurses are in demand for vacancies in remote clinics, not-for-profit organisations and private hospitals.

General Practitioners – There is a shortage of registered and highly experienced candidates. Employers are looking for people with Australian experience. In addition, candidates who are happy to work in the Northern Territory are in short supply as there is not a lot of interstate movement to the Territory.

Physiotherapists – Demand for Physiotherapists is expected to grow significantly in the years ahead due to the ageing population. Some vacancies are in remote locations, such as Alice Springs or Katherine, and candidates are usually reluctant to relocate on a permanent basis.

Midwives – Candidates with Australian experience are in high demand. Remote hospital fixed-term contracts are on offer. Midwives are working with limited supervision due to slim team numbers and are expected to make life saving decisions – thus experience is crucial.

ACFI specialists and Educators – Significant changes in the aged care sector since 1st July 2014 have meant that demand for Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) specialists has increased. Organisations need to be thinking ahead about funding issues, forward planning and staff training. Experts in this area are in high demand as facilities seek to ensure they are maximising their legitimate funding and remain commercially viable.

Trends

A range of healthcare candidates are still in demand for roles located in regional Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Employers are continuing to provide relocation and housing allowances to attract candidates.

Employers are very selective in the allied health space and want to ensure they hire people with the right long-term aspirations that are in line with their organisational goals and culture.
There are opportunities for new graduates if they have the right level of enthusiasm and positive attitude. Some practices may create an opportunity for experienced candidates who can bring their knowledge and skills to a role.

Aged care consulting firms that can provide staff to numerous care facilities and the patient’s home are also in demand. Professionals such as Occupational Therapists, Physios, Podiatrists and Dieticians will continue to be sought. Aged care roles are not necessarily viewed as desirable by new graduates due to the low pay and challenging nature of the work. Candidates are also being more selective and want employers that support ongoing training and development.

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