Join us at West Gippsland Healthcare Group (WGHG), Warragul Australia
We welcome expressions of interest from overseas Nurses, Doctors and Allied Health professionals who are looking to move to, live and work in Australia when future vacancies arise. West Gippsland Healthcare Group is a highly respected Regional Health Service approximately 1 hour east of Melbourne. Our 1,400 plus staff are largely based at our Warragul facility comprising of our Hospital Campus, Community Rehabilitation Centre and a number of other services. We have a number of other sites within the local area.
West Gippsland Healthcare Group offers the following services to the local community:
- Emergency Department, including a newly built Short Stay Unit
- Day Surgery
- Maternity & Gynaecology
- Consulting Suites
- Residential Aged Care Facilities
- Community Rehabilitation Service
- District Nursing Service
- Paediatric Services
- Surgical Services
- General Medical Unit
- Diabetes Education
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Social Work Services
- Dietetics Services
- A large array of Community Health services such as Podiatry, public health education etc.
- Hospital in the home and many other community based nursing and support programs.
- Warragul Linen Service that provides linen to most major public hospitals in Victoria.
Living in West Gippsland
West Gippsland Healthcare Group is located in Baw Baw Shire approximately 100 kilometres or 1 hour east of Melbourne in the heart of beautiful West Gippsland. The Baw Baw area is 4,034 square kilometres in size. The northern half of the shire is heavily forested and lies in the Great Dividing Range and its foothills, including the Mt Baw Baw National Park, while the shire is bounded by the Strzelecki Range and its foothills to the south. The ‘middle’ part of the shire is more densely populated, particularly in areas close to the Princes Highway and the Gippsland railway line, but still retains its rural environment. There are almost 60,000 residents in Baw Baw Shire, with the largest towns being Warragul, Drouin, Trafalgar and Yarragon.
It’s no secret why Baw Baw is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia at the moment. Our main townships of Warragul and Drouin maintain their country town feel whilst offering a range of services usually reserved for larger towns. Our proximity to Melbourne means we enjoy the best of both worlds – country lifestyle with Melbourne an easy train journey or 1 hour drive away. We have a very strong sport and recreation culture, a strong sense of community and are surrounded by beautiful beaches, ski fields, forests, and nature.
There is a fabulous regional Victorian lifestyle on offer for everyone. Families love the wide-open spaces and parks, many excellent education options and healthcare systems. There is a wide array of sport and recreation options to enjoy and we have a strong social scene, our own arts centre and award-winning restaurants. No matter where you’re from or what your interests are, you’ll find a warm welcome in the Baw Baw area!
Relocation assistance from the Victorian Government
The Victorian Government is currently offering a travel allowance to help with relocation costs. The allowance is AUD$10,000 for health workers commencing through to June 2023. This allowance is available to international recruits (new arrivals to Australia), and also applies to Australian citizens returning from overseas.
For more information and full details on eligibility, visit the Department of Health website: support program for international healthcare workers.
What West Gippsland Healthcare Group can offer you
We understand that moving overseas is a big undertaking, so we’re here to support you to make this transition as easy as possible. We offer the following assistance and benefits:
- Support with Australian Visa options and costs
- A comprehensive financial relocation package to assist with your move, which may include allowances for partners and/or dependents
- Initial accommodation upon arrival
- Sourcing a real estate agent to help you find a property to lease or purchase
- Excellent leave entitlements including a minimum of 5 weeks of annual leave (pro rata)
- 14 weeks paid parental leave
- Annual professional development leave
- Paid conference and exam leave for doctors
- Generous salary packaging to increase your take-home pay
- Access to 24/7 Employee Assistant Program available 365 days a year
- Free car parking
- Onsite staff canteen
- Purchase leave options
- Flexible work options
- A variety of career opportunities and support for career growth and expansion
- Comprehensive orientation and opportunities for ongoing learning and development
- Making links to the local community depending on your interests and demographic
- Opportunity to contribute to the new state of the art hospital
- A chance to make a difference in the lives of local consumers of WGHG services
Speciality Practice Areas
Come and work in Andrews House or Cooinda Lodge Residential Aged Care facilities at West Gippsland Healthcare Group.
West Gippsland Healthcare Group offers services from Allied Health Professionals including: Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Social Work and Speech Pathology.
West Gippsland Healthcare Group offers the wider local community a broad range of services such as: Aboriginal liaison, diabetes education and family counselling.
Home Nursing Service
Come and work in our District Nursing, Hospital in the Home, Palliative Care or Post Acute Care departments at West Gippsland Healthcare Group.
West Gippsland Healthcare Group is one of 23 Victorian Health Services who offer the Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI).
Getting registered as a Nurse in Australia
- You must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to work as a Nurse in Australia.
- Depending on where you completed your qualifications, the process to become registered can be quick (such as for nurses from New Zealand) or may take a bit longer.
- The Nursing and Midwifery Board’s website has all the information you need to become registered as a Nurse in Australia.
Getting registered as a Doctor in Australia
- You must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Medical Board of Australia to work as a Doctor in Australia.
- The Medical Board’s website has all the information you need to become registered as a Doctor in Australia.
Getting registered as an Allied Health professional in Australia
- Occupational Therapists in Australia are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (OTBA). The Occupational Therapy Board’s website has all the information you need to become registered as an Occupational Therapist in Australia.
- Physiotherapists in Australia are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Physiotherapy Board of Australia. The Physiotherapy Board’s website has all the information you need to become registered as a Physiotherapist in Australia.
- Podiatrists in Australia are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Podiatry Board of Australia. The Podiatry Board’s website has all the information you need to become registered as a Podiatrist in Australia.
- Social Workers: The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is the official authority for assessment of overseas qualifications in social work, for the purposes of migration and employment in Australia. The AASW’s website has all the information you need to become a Social Worker in Australia.
- Speech Pathologists: Certified Practising Speech Pathologists in Australia are members of the Speech Pathology Association of Australia. To become a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist in Australia, visit the SPA website.