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There has been a significant increase in registrations this year- nearly 1,000 overseas nurses and midwives had been registered to enter the Irish health system by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) by early April 2017, more than three times the figure for the same date in 2016. The number of total registrations had also more than doubled relative to this point in 2016, with 1,202 in total registered by NMBI. Overseas registrations are also increasing by a large number year on year.

NMBI has initiated a drive to improve efficiencies, and is undertaking a number of projects at present in the Registration Department to build on this progress.  Applicants can now track their applications on-line using their personal NMBI account and the organisation is continuing to work with the Department of Health to add resources to the Registration Department and supplementing with agency staff appointments where possible.

Once an application and all supporting documents are submitted, the application goes through the assessment process. The length of time it takes is very variable and often depends on the country of origin of the applicant, as the documentation from some countries is more complex than that from others. Applicants for general nurse or midwife registration from EU Member States that have completed education programmes that comply with standards set down by the EU are the quickest to process. 

Incomplete applications remain an ongoing challenge for the Board.  The protection of the public is at the heart of the registration system.  As well as a completed application form, applicants must send in identity documents and arrange for other supporting materials to be sent directly to NMBI, as is best-practice internationally.

NMBI is continuing to actively engage with all relevant stakeholders with regard to improving the registration process including the Department of Health, the HSE and other health-service employers, Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) and recruitment agencies.  NMBI is also working with NHI to explore ways of encouraging the large amount of nurses on the inactive part of the Register in Ireland to recommence practice.

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Edith Cowan University at Perth in Western Australia is offering 2 year Bachelor of Nursing program leading to registration in Australia for GNM nurses, and a fast track 1 year Bachelor of Nursing suitable for GNM and BSc nurses, leading to registration in Australia. The next intake for both the courses is February 2018. IELTS individual 6.5 or equivalent PTE, OET or TOEFL scores are accepted.

A 3 year Bachelor of Nursing program at Edith Cowan University is available for +2 students leading to registration in Australia. Also on offer for a + 2 student is a combined offer package of Diploma of Nursing ( 2 years ) at IHNA followed by Bachelor of Nursing at ECU ( 2 years), leading to registration in Australia.

The next available intake is February 2018.

One of the leading universities in Australia for international students, Federation University is launching programs at two of its new campuses this year. This will enable international candidates more options to choose from Federation University’s large course offerings.

1. Brisbane Campus

Located at 333 Ann Street, Brisbane, this campus will initially offer four programs to international students:

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting);
  • Master of Business Administration (Health Services Management);
  • Master of Technology (Software Engineering);
  • Master of Technology (Enterprise Systems and Business Analytics).
  • "This campus is an important new addition to FedUni and increases our footprint in Australia, while also expanding international student recruitment and student mobility opportunities," Professor Helen Bartlett, Vice-Chancellor of Federation University Australia, said.

    The new Campus encompasses a number of features aimed at enhancing learning, including state-of-the-art computer labs and a stunning interior designed by architects Conrad Gargett.

    The Brisbane programs integrate industry experience to ensure a higher degree of success for its graduates and students may apply for a Brisbane Industry Internship Scholarship or an Emerging Leaders Scholarship.

    Ms Alexandra Elibank-Murray is Director of the FedUni Brisbane Campus and is responsible for campus operations and development.

    2. Melbourne Campus at Berwick

    Commencing in semester one, 2018, international students will be able to study a selection of Federation University Australia's popular degrees at our new Berwick Campus (Melbourne).

    Located at 12-100 Clyde Road in Berwick, Melbourne, the campus is 40km south east of the Melbourne city centre. It is easily accessible via an excellent rail network and a short walk to campus.

    Facilities include a newly developed science laboratory, nursing facilities replicating a real hospital, library, on-campus accommodation and more. The campus will offer a range of Business, IT, nursing, health, Accounting and social work programs .

Entry requirement for the Diploma of Nursing in Australia is being changed from July 2018 onwards.
Entry Requirement

  • Present : IELTS - Overall 6.5 and Individual 6
  • From July 2018 : IELTS - Individual 7

Health Careers is in the process of accreditation of our new language school Health Careers Language Academy ( We are planning to offer a pathway option for nursing students who have less than required English score through ELICOS + DON program.

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