Recruiting, retaining and supporting General Practitioners (GPs), Nurses and Allied Health Professionals in rural New South Wales, Australia

International applicants

Thousands of international health professionals have happily settled in rural and regional areas of NSW over the last couple of decades and have become a vital and valued part of rural communities.

A Multicultural Society

Australia is a diverse society and multiculturalism has played an important part in defining today’s Australia.

Multiculturalism in Australia generally refers to the diversity of ethnic groups who have migrated to Australia over the years. It implies that several different cultures (rather than one national culture) can coexist peacefully and equitably in a single country. Australia is often described as one of the most peaceful and successful multicultural societies in the world.

Since 1945, seven million people have migrated to Australia. Today, one in four of Australia’s 22 million people was born overseas and 44% were born overseas or have a parent who was and four million speak a language other than English.

To illustrate this diversity, there are over 200 different languages and dialects spoken, including 45 indigenous languages. The most commonly spoken languages (other than English) are Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Mandarin. Australia’s migrants have settled all over Australia throughout the last 200+ years.

International Health Workers play an important role in Australia’s health service delivery, particularly in rural areas but there are, of course, some challenges.

RDN can support you through the resettlement process

Registration and visas are a common concern for migrant health workers but RDN has an expert recruitment team with many years of experience in helping health workers resettle in rural NSW.

RDN has several orientation guides available which include lots of practical advice for settling into your new community:

General information about living and settling in Australia

The Australian Government has a range of useful information available online, including Beginning a Life in Australia, an excellent practical guide to settling in Australia that is available to download in 38 languages including English.