We welcome applications from international health professionals who are looking to move to Australia. We're pleased to have many nurses, midwives, doctors and allied health professionals already on staff who come to us from regions including Asia, Africa, the UK and Ireland, and North America. We provide assistance for international health professionals considering joining us.
Western Health is the major health service for Melbourne’s west, providing public healthcare to a population nearing 900,000 people. The communities we serve speak more than 150 different languages and dialects, and we are proud that our multicultural workforce reflects this diversity.
Our team of more than 11,000+ staff, with support from more than 700 volunteers, enable us to deliver best care to our community. Working across four main locations at Footscray, Sunshine, Bacchus Marsh and Williamstown Hospitals, we provide a range of services and clinics for our patients. Each year, we provide more than 800,000 occasions of patient care, including the 7000+ births through our maternity services. Our expert doctors, nurses and allied health professionals manage patients with a broad range of medical issues including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and mental health conditions.
Western Health is actively recruiting from international health professionals in the following disciplines:
Nursing – (nursing careers and positions now available)
Medical – senior doctors and junior medical staff
For current vacancies, visit westernhealth.mercury.com.au.
Enquiries regarding international opportunities for nursing and midwives can be directed to [email protected]
What Western Health can offer you
Relocating overseas is a large undertaking so Western Health provides the following assistance and benefits to support your move:
support with Australian visa options
a comprehensive financial relocation package of up to $10,000 that you can claim upon commencement
full-time contracts with additional accrued days off (that’s an extra day off a month paid)
Up to six weeks of annual leave, long service leave accrual
generous salary packaging to increase your take-home pay
career opportunities in a range of areas including medical, surgical, perioperative, critical care and more
opportunities for ongoing learning and development
protected nurse to patient ratios
clinical nurse educators working alongside nurses in wards
paid parental leave of up to 14 weeks
support for career growth and expansion
Working at Western Health: International Medical Graduates
Working at Western Health: Basic Physician Training
Working at Western Health: Surgical HMOs
Working at Western Health: General HMOs
Working at Western Health: Junior Medical Staff
Internship at Western Health
Perioperative and Critical Care
Melbourne is regularly listed in the top 10 most liveable cities in the world in the annual Global Liveability Index, awarded to cities with the highest score for stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. It has a population of more than 5 million people and is renowned for its multicultural community, with over a third of Melbournians born overseas. It is considered one of the most LGBTQIA+ friendly cities in the world, and diversity and inclusion are supported in the workplace.
Melbourne is well supported by public transport and nature including beaches, mountains and national parks are close by. There are festivals and attractions on year-round to suit all tastes including world-renowned events like the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Australian Open and Australian Grand Prix. Eating out is also a favourite pastime for Melbournians, whether it’s brunch at a cafe or dinner at restaurants specialising in cuisines from around the world.
Many Melbournians choose to live in the bustling inner city while others enjoy larger blocks in the suburbs close to parkland. Melbourne has excellent public education and a thriving public health system, supported by a highly functioning private health system and a variety of associated health services supported by both the state and federal governments. Our weather is considered mild and we enjoy distinct seasons – with warm summer days, sunny autumns, cool winters and fresh springs.
For more about life in Melbourne, visit New to Melbourne
Sunshine Hospital's Associate Nurse Unit Manager (ANUM) Von Madrinan, originally from the Philippines, came to Melbourne after five years working in the UK.
Von and his wife moved to Melbourne’s western suburbs in 2022 and he loves the cultural diversity and friendly disposition of his new community.
“Australia is close to the Philippines. There ARE only a few hours difference in time and the weather is also much better than the UK!”
“I feel at home at Western Health. My colleagues are very friendly, welcoming and sociable.”
“There are so many opportunities here to extend myself professionally and the nurse-to-patient ratios (one nurse to four patients) and work life balance is great.”
The experience of working in the Philippines, the UK and now Australia, means Von has a unique insight into the health systems from the perspective of a nurse and manager.
“The illnesses are much the same, but the way we treat them and the technology available to us, is very different. The workload is much more manageable and there is a higher standard of general healthcare here.
“I keep telling my friends and former colleagues to come to Australia!"