International applicants

About Us

Northern Health is the major provider of acute, maternity, sub-acute, mental health, specialist, community and home-based services in Melbourne’s rapidly growing outer north and we are looking for:

  • Nurses and Midwives
  • Medical Practitioners
  • Pharmacists
  • Radiographers
  • Allied Health (Social Work, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Dieticians)

Services are provided through our four main campuses:

  • Northern Hospital Epping
  • Broadmeadows Hospital
  • Bundoora Centre
  • Craigieburn Centre.

In addition, Mental Health Services are provided at Epping, Broadmeadows, Bundoora, Jacana, Preston, Mill Park and Coburg.

You can learn more about Northern Health here.

What to expect as an international healthcare applicant:

  • $10,000 AUD relocation support for successful candidates.
  • Supportive nurse and midwife patient ratios (for example, General Acute ward has a 1:4 nurse to patient ratio for AM and PM shifts).
  • Flexible working hours in all clinical roles, to help you balance work and life commitments.
  • Support to grow your career, including education and training, scholarship and research opportunities.
  • In accordance with relevant award entitlements, you will receive generous leave entitlements, with the potential to accrue monthly days off, up to six weeks’ annual leave per year and paid parental leave.
  • A competitive salary and tax-effective salary packaging options (for example, the starting salary for first year Graduate Nurse is up to $75,000 AUD).
  • 10.5 per cent employer contributions to your superannuation (future retirement fund), with scheduled increases up to 12 per cent from July 2025.
  • Acknowledgement through our reward and recognition program.

Reasons to move to Melbourne

There are many reasons why Melbourne is touted as one of the world’s most liveable cities. With a vibrant arts and music scene, incredible restaurants and a never-ending array of museums, galleries, gardens and beaches, Melbourne truly has it all.

Along with the rich culture, you will also experience a typical Aussie lifestyle, with endless ideas and activities to make the most out of the enviable work life balance Northern Health provides.

Here’s just a few reasons why Melbourne is so popular for overseas applicants:

  1.  Melbourne was voted Australia’s most liveable city by the Global Liveability Index 2022.
  2.  Melbourne’s laneway culture is diverse, waiting for you to discover ‘hidden’ shopping arcades, musicians and live music, cafes – not to mention festivals.
  3.  People come for the coffee! Here are just a few examples.
  4.  Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital overflowing with creativity and a universal love of the arts – just a few of our attractions include the National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image as well as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival
  5.  Melbourne also boasts breathtaking beauty and landscapes such as St Kilda Beach, the Grampians and the Great Ocean Road, so whether it’s a swim, a hike, a bike ride or some time away from the hustle and bustle of it all – Melbourne has you covered.

With Northern Health campuses based in Epping, Bundoora, Broadmeadows and Craigieburn, you are never more than 20 – 40 minutes from the bustling Melbourne CBD with a range of public transport options available including Buses and Trains as well as the world-famous Victorian Tram Network.

Outside of the Melbourne CBD, a range of exciting, dynamic suburbs in the North are waiting to be discovered such as Fitzroy and Carlton, just two of the many suburbs in the North that boast a bohemian reputation with an eclectic range of bars, restaurants and cafes, not to mention some amazing street art.

Housing options

Melbourne is an exciting place to live with a diverse range of housing options ranging from units, townhouses and full family homes. There are many exciting suburbs to live which are in close proximity to Northern Health sites.

From Brunswick to Reservoir, St Kilda to Essendon, you are sure to find a neighbourhood that fits your vibe.

The following property search engines are a great starting point to start looking for your next home on your Aussie adventure.

Would you like more information on the median sale price for houses and units in the areas we have listed above? Or would you just like an idea of what the median weekly rent is in that suburb compared to metro Melbourne as a whole? – take a look at the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) 


Relocation Support

We are here to support you in making your transition to Melbourne, and our dedicated International Workforce Manager will be able to answer all your questions on life working and living in Melbourne.

The Victorian Department of Health is also currently providing relocation support for international and returning Australian healthcare workers who have secured a role in a Victorian health service.

From 1 April 2022, the international travel allowance to help with relocation costs (including travel, visa and professional registration costs) increased to $10,000 AUD for healthcare workers who secure a role in a public metro health service.

Salary Rates (indicative per week, unless otherwise specified)

Nursing and Midwifery – (Weekly salary rate conversions (GBP, EURO, CAD & NZD)

Mental Health Nursing

Allied Health (Social Work, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology) 


Medical Doctors 

Medical Doctors in Training

Medical Specialists

Visas and professional registrations

Once you have an employment offer and contract, you will need to gain registration as a health practitioner in Australia and apply for a visa.

More information on visas and immigration matters pertaining to moving to Australia can be found here.

Most healthcare professionals working in Australia are required to register under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. If you are coming to work as a nurse or midwife, you will need to be registered with Australian Health Professions Registration Authority (AHPRA).

We will provide guidance and support to gain registration and gaining AHPRA registration usually takes a few months. Links to information on the relevant international application pathways are listed below:

Nursing and Midwifery
Allied Health
Occupational Therapy
Medical Radiation Practice

A range of health professions have been identified by the Australian Government as filling critical skills needs, including nurses, midwives and social workers. Visa applications for these roles will be given priority processing.

We will provide support with your visa options and offer visa sponsorship to support you and your immediate family to relocate.

Your AHPRA registration and visa approval can progress concurrently.

Are you ready?