Healthy intake of Indian workers

More than 100 people from the southern Indian state of Karala now work at the Orange Health ServiceMORE than 100 people from the southern Indian state of Karala now work at the Orange Health Service and the Bloomfield campus following a successful recruitment drive aimed at attracting international workers.
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Member of the Orange Malayali Association (OMA) executive Sabu Joseph says his organisation represents 250 people from Kerala and he estimates at least 110 of them are employed in the healthcare sector in Orange and surrounding areas such as Molong.

Mr Joseph said OMA members had enjoyed a smooth transition into the local workplace with most planning to permanently “settle here”.

“Everyone’s been very welcoming, very supportive,” he said.

The director of nursing for mental health drug and alcohol at the Bloomfield campus Walter Zyla confirmed international recruits had made a valuable contribution to the workplace.

“We are fortunate to have attracted a number of overseas-trained staff to the Bloomfield campus,” Mr Zyla said.

“A majority of these registered nurses received their qualifications and trained in the UK and their skills are fully recognised by the Australian Registration Board.

“To have this cross-cultural influence in our workforce strengthens our service delivery and we value their contribution to the way we develop services which are sensitive to the community’s needs.”

Mr Zyla confirmed there were now 60 overseas-trained nurses working at the Bloomfield campus, including a number of nurses of Indian descent with both Indian and UK qualifications.

He estimates 20 percent of his workforce are overseas-trained.

Many of the nurses are employed on temporary work visas with the view that they will become permanent visas once the nurses have spent two years in that position.


In 2013 Orange hospital has employed eight nurses from the UK, India and the Philippines with one UK-trained midwife to take a position with the Orange Health Service soon.

In 2013 year the Bloomfield campus employed three registered nurses of Indian descent.

The Orange Health Service* recruited 20 overseas-trained nurses in 2012.

The Bloomfield campus recruited 66 overseas-trained nurses in 2012.

There are 450 nurses on staff (full time, part time and casual) at the Orange Health Service.

* The Orange Health Service refers to Orange hospital staff and health workers operating within the community, excluding the Bloomfield campus.

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