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The 2017 ESS (Employer Satisfaction Survey) results are out and La Trobe University has ranked up!

La Trobe ranked first in Victoria and fifth nationally on Foundation Skills – skills such as general literacy and numeracy - 2 per cent above the national average for universities. The University also ranked second in Victoria and fifth nationally for Adaptive Skills. 92.4 per cent of participating employers felt La Trobe students displayed the ability to adapt and apply skills and work independently (2.9 per cent above the university national average).

Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerri-Lee Krause said the latest ESS results reflect La Trobe’s priority focus in preparing its students for the world of work. She noted that La Trobe students stand out in the workplace for their adaptability and other critical skills.

The University also ranked above the national average in Collaborative Skills (0.8 per cent above) and in Technical Skills (1.6 per cent above).

About the Employer Satisfaction Survey (ESS)

The 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey (ESS) represents the largest survey of its kind, reporting the views of over 4,000 direct supervisors regarding their perception of recent graduates from Australian higher education institutions.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) has announced that as part of the application process for Non-EU applicants, they will accept Occupational English Language (OET) scores as evidence of English language competence. Currently the NMBI accepts the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and from 2nd January 2018 onwards, they will also be accepting the Occupational English Language Test (OET) as an alternative to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

NMBI will accept the following scores on the OET from 2 January 2018 as part of the application process for Non-EU applicants ONLY:

  • At least a Grade C+ in Listening and Reading
  • At least a Grade B in Writing and Speaking

Please refer to the OET website for more detailed information regarding the OET.
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The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC), the skills assessing authority for nurses and midwives wishing to migrate under the Australian Government General Skilled Migration Programs , has announced that their Skilled Migration Services team is introducing an online application system from 15 January 2018. This new online application system will be introduced over the Christmas shutdown period from Friday, 22 December until Monday, 8 January 2018.

In preparation for the introduction of the online application system, ANMAC will not be accepting migration skills assessments from 12pm on Friday, 15 December 2017. All the applications submitted up until 12pm on Friday, 15 December 2017 will still remain paper based, and candidates will need to provide their correctly certified documents by mail. Starting at 9am on Monday, 15 January 2018, candidates can apply for an online migration skills assessment and the paper based applications will not be available.

The online application system is accessed on the ANMAC website, and requires each applicant to create a login to access the online application forms and upload supporting documents. ANMAC will be introducing a new assessment pathway on 15 January 2018. The online application system has enabled ANMAC to reduce migration skills assessments fees. The reduction in fees is effective from Monday, 15 January 2018.

Further information about ANMAC’s online application and new assessment pathway will be available on their website at this link:

Date   : 17th December 2017
Place : St. Mary's Forane Church, Mookkanoor
Time  : 10.30 AM to 11.30 AM

Dates and Venue:
30th November - Olive Down Town - Kochi
1st December - Windsor Castle - Kottayam

MWT Education Consultancy is pleased to announce a Seminar and Interactive session to introduce a pathway for GNM Nurses who wish to embark on a nursing career in Australia. They can undertake a GDN program with the Institute of Health and Management (IHM), Australia, and can gain AHPRA eligibility for a Bridging Program, which will then lead to registration as an RN in Australia.

This session will be led by our Group Chairman Bijo Kunnumpurath, and participants can clear all their doubts on overseas education and career opportunities in Australia. Spot admissions will be on offer.

The sessions will be held in Kochi and Kottayam on the 30th November and 1st December 2017 respectively.

GDN Program Highlights

  • Enrol for Graduate Diploma in Nursing online program
  • Continue to work while you study with our flexible schedules
  • Get AHPRA eligibility to undertake Bridging Program for Registered Nurses
  • Course commences in December 2017
  • TEQSA accredited

About IHM
The Institute of Health and Management (IHM) was founded in February 2012 as Institute of Health and Management Pty Ltd. The institute has since gained the status of Higher Education Provider, which was conferred by the Australian government’s Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). IHM specialises in the development and provision of quality postgraduate higher education courses for nurses, drawing on the expertise of experienced nursing academics and clinicians combined with professional staff with specialist expertise in online teaching and learning.

Date : 25th Nov 2017 (Kaloor)
Time : 10.00 AM to 1.00 PM
Venue : Renewal Center, Kaloor
Resource Person : Mr. Justin Joseph
Topics covered for the session : Carrier Guidance, Personality Development, Abroad Study, Work and Settlement etc ...........

From the 1st November onwards, NMC accepts the Occupational English Test (OET) in addition to the International English Language Test System (IELTS), as proof of a nurse or midwife’s English language competence. 

The IELTS and the OET are used across the world. They are often chosen to test the language competency of healthcare professionals in the UK.

International English Language Test System (IELTS)
If you have completed an IELTS examination you must provide an IELTS certificate that confirms:

  • at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections
  • at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections, and
  • at least 7.0 overall.

Occupational English Test (OET)
If you have completed an OET examination you must provide a certificate that confirms:

  • at least a B grade in listening and reading, and
  • at least a B grade in writing and speaking.

We will only accept results from OET tests taken from February 2016 onwards.

Combining tests
You can achieve the required mark across two test sittings if:

  • you sit the tests within six months of each other, and
  • you are tested in all four skills at the same time, and
  • if you take an IELTS test, all scores in both sittings are above 6.5 and you achieve 7.0 or higher in all four fields when the results of both sittings are viewed together, or
  • if you take the OET, all grades in both sittings are above Grade C+ and you achieve Grade B or higher in all four fields when the results of both sittings are viewed together.

Test scores are valid for two years.
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Don’t miss our mega seminar with spot admissions to three program pathways leading to a Bachelor of Nursing and AHPRA registration in Australia.

Three Pathways to Become an RN in Australia
Get Nursing Qualification from leading University in Australia

  1. Diploma of Nursing +Bachelor of Nursing for plus two students (4 years)
  2. Bachelor of Nursing for GNM (2 years)
  3. Bachelor of Nursing for BSc/GNM (1 year, fast track)

IELTS Requirements: Individual 6.5. Equivalent OET, TOEFL, PTE scores accepted. 

Event Details
Date :  5th Nov 2017
Time : 11.00 am - 12.00 noon 
Venue : Health Careers Institute (Kadavanthara) 
             37/1989 A, Bhattathiripad Road, Opp. Elamkulam Kavalakkal Temple. 
Date : 8th Nov 2017
Time : 11.00 - 12.00 noon  
Venue : MWT Education Consultancy, Kottayam  


In an endeavour to curtail the country’s massive deficits in the numbers of available bed spaces for university students, Ireland’s Ministers for Education and Skills, Higher Education and Housing and Urban Renewal have implemented a National Student Accommodation Strategy. Plans are on to increase the number of purpose built student accommodation beds in Ireland by 63%, equating to 21,000 beds, in seven years.

In addition to this, the Government also hopes to increase the number of available digs – rooms leased in private family homes – by 4,000 beds per annum by the year 2019.

Accommodation for both local and international students has not kept pace with demand over the past decade, as at present there are just 33,400 available beds in the country to meet the demand for 57,000. The current shortfall of 23,000 beds is predicted to continue for at least another seven years.

Higher education enrolments are expected to grow in Ireland 27% by 2030, and the International Education Strategy announced last year has estimated a growth target of 33% for the higher education sector. If met, the number of international students will rise from 33,118 in 2014/15 to approximately 44,000 by the end of the 2019/20 academic year.

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Final-year students who will soon complete their studies can go online now to apply for registration with the NMBA before they graduate.

Graduates need to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) before they start practicing and must meet the registration requirements to be an enrolled nurse, registered nurse and/or midwife.

Registration standards that relate to the new graduate are:

  • criminal history
  • English language skills, and
  • professional indemnity insurance arrangements.
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) manages the registration of graduates on behalf of the NMBA.

The online graduate application service on the AHPRA website helps to smooth the path from study to work by enabling final-year students to apply for registration with the NMBA four to six weeks before completing their course.

Applicants apply online by setting up an account with AHPRA with a unique and personal email address only they have access to. This allows for progress on the form to be saved and resumed as required.

Applicants then complete the application form, upload their supporting documents and pay the registration fee.

Graduates are encouraged to find out how to use the online graduate application by accessing the information on the AHPRA website under Graduate applications.

How to apply for registration
There are three simple steps to registration for graduates:

  1. Complete an online application for registration four to six weeks before completing their course.
  2. Upload supporting documents when completing their online application.
  3. Wait to be contacted by AHPRA.
What happens next?

AHPRA assesses the application which can only be finalized once the education provider provides advice that the student is eligible to graduate. AHPRA contacts the student if more information is needed and/or to confirm that registration has been granted.

New graduates registered with the Board are eligible to start work as soon as their name is published on the national register of practitioners.

Applications from enrolled nurses
Online applications are also open for currently registered enrolled nurses who are due to complete an approved program of study that will qualify the individual for registration as a registered nurse or midwife. These applicants apply via the online services portal and need their User ID to log in. Because these applicants have already met the English language skills requirements as an enrolled nurse, they are not required to provide this evidence again. More information about supporting documentation is available on the NMBA website.

For more information

  • Go to Graduate applicationson the AHPRA website to apply online and for links to FAQ
  • For registration enquiries or difficulties in accessing the online application form: 1300 419 495 (within Australia)
  • For media enquiries: (03) 8708 9200
  • MWT Education Consultancy is pleased to offer three new study pathways leading to a Bachelor of Nursing degree in Australia. These study programs are offered in collaboration with the Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (IHNA) and Edith Cowan University, Australia. These pathways include:

    1. Diploma of Nursing(DON) at IHNA + Bachelor of Nursing(BoN) at ECU – combined offer package for +2 students (4 years' duration)
    2. Bachelor of Nursing for GNM students (2 years' duration)
    3. Bachelor of Nursing (Fast Track) - for GNM or B.Sc. students (2 years' duration)

    These study programs are designed to offer comprehensive theory lectures and practical clinical experiences at hospitals and health facilities. GNM and B.Sc. students will get credits based on Recognition of Prior Learning(RPL) for their previous studies.

    The course curriculum provides a broad knowledge and skill foundation that will enable students to act independently and within a multidisciplinary team, as a Registered Nurse(RN) within the healthcare industry in Australia. Three broad streams of study—Nursing Concepts and Skills, Applied Health Science and Nursing Practice—are covered in the syllabus. Possible future work titles include Registered Nurse, Children and Young People's Nurse, Critical Care Nurse, Mental Health Nurse, Regional Nurse, Aged Care Nurse, Rural Nurse, Remote Nurse, among others, in diverse healthcare settings across the country.

    On successfully completing the course of studies leading of a Bachelor of Nursing, graduates can register as a Registered Nurse in Australia, provided they meet AHPRA requirements for English language proficiency and all other AHPRA mandates. All the programs cost AUD 31,200 per year and intakes are in February and July.

    There is good news in store for nurses and midwives who wish to work in the UK! The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced that from November 1st 2017 they will start to accept OET scores as proof of English language proficiency for overseas trained nurses who wish to register in the UK.

    OET, run jointly by the UK’s Cambridge Assessment English (part of the University of Cambridge) and Australia’s Box Hill Institute, is specifically designed for healthcare professionals and uses true-to-life communication scenarios, similar to the ones healthcare professionals encounter every day.

    From 1 November 2017 the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) will formally recognise OET - the Occupational English Test - for overseas-trained nurses and midwives who need to prove their level of English proficiency for registration in the UK. As a result, nurses feel more confident taking a test that uses familiar healthcare vocabulary and is based on situational contexts that they would commonly encounter at work. For instance, the speaking skills of a nurse would be assessed via a face-to-face role play that uses a typical nursing scenario, with a trained interlocutor who plays the part of a patient or carer.

    OET scores are already accepted by authorities in Australia, Dubai, New Zealand and Singapore, and this well-established test is widely used in the registration of overseas-trained healthcare professionals. Nurses and midwives who have obtained their qualifying degrees outside UK and wish to use OET as proof of proficiency for NMC registration must achieve Grade B across all four sub-tests. The NMC will only accept results from the February 2016 test administration onwards. The Occupational English Test is offered every month in over 40 countries.

    OET CEO Sujata Stead stated that: “Regulators and employers can feel confident that healthcare professionals who have achieved the required level in OET for their profession can communicate effectively in the healthcare workplace.” To know more, go

    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.

    Read more at this link :

    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.

    The Health Care Administration International Stream program is a business program that will provide health care practitioners with business and leadership fundamentals. The program is geared toward international students who have previous education and work experience in health care who wish to develop their managerial and leadership skills. The international stream provides a four semester option which has been designed to transition students to learning in Canada, becoming familiar with the Canadian Health Care system, and making international students career ready. The curriculum is geared toward providing a wide base of business skills in a health care context such as financial, communication, human resources, leadership, operations, and critical thinking. Graduates of the program would be suited for careers in entry or middle management positions in a wide variety of health care settings such as clinics, hospitals, and private facilities. The program is delivered over four 15-week semesters.

    Admission Requirements

    Two or three year College Diploma or University Degree.


    It is recommended that students have education and/or work experience in a Health Care industry.

    Health Requirements

    Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

    Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world.

    International Fees

    2017-18 International fees are $13,800.00. Compulsory fees are $1,806.15. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

    Program Outline 2018-19

    Semester 1
    • GENE 5000 Canadian Government
    • COMM 5002 Research, Writing, and Communications
    • HROB 5001 Human Relations
    • HLTH 5006 Introduction to Canadian Health Care
    • CARE 5001 Career and Professional Development
    • COMP 5002 Computer Applications for Academic Success
    Semester 2
    • ACCT 5000 Financial Practices for Health Care Organization
    • COMM 5000 Communications for Health Care Professionals
    • COMP 5000 Computer Applications for Health Care Administration
    • HLTH 5000 Leadership in Health Care Administration
    • HLTH 5001 Health Care Policy
    • HLTH 5002 Ethics in Health Care Administration
    Semester 3
    • HLTH 5003 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving in Health Care
    • HLTH 5004 Health Care Operations
    • HROB 5000 Management of Human Resources in Health Care
    • LAWS 5000 Law and Health Care Administration
    • MATH 5000 Statistics for Health Care Professionals
    • HLTH 5008 Capstone Preparation
    Semester 4
    • HLTH 5005 Capstone Project – Health Care Administration
    • HLTH 5007 Risk Management and Quality Assurance
    • ADMN 5000 Innovation and Change Management
    • CARE 5002 Career Orientation and Speaker Series


    My three years at St. Lawrence College in the Advertising and Marketing Communications Management program set me up perfectly for my career. I use what I learned in every single one of my classes on a day-to-day basis. I have yet to be asked to complete a task that is out of my ability whether it is event planning, videography, press releases, social media, or local media buying. I was able to be hired directly out of my school placement, as well as had many offers of employment shortly after graduation.

    Rebecca Bax

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