Forensic Nurising in Oz

  1. Hi all

    I am contemplating moving to Sydney when I graduate. I lived there for 8 years and have loads of family there. I am currently in the UK and am a 1st year student nurse.
    However my main interest is Forensic Nursing. I am wondering if it is a career that is possible to follow in Australia?
    I have heard so much about it in the US, but never hear anything about it in Oz.
    Any info on how I could research this a bit more, and I would be very grateful.

    Thanks

    Summer
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  3. by   talaxandra
    Hi Summer
    although not as well established in Australia as overseas, forensic nursing is a rapidly growing specialty, with an increasing number of institutions offering qualifications. By the time you're ready to emmigrate there shouldn't be a problem finding a position that meets your needs.
    Good luck
  4. by   sirI
    Quote from summer24
    hi all

    i am contemplating moving to sydney when i graduate. i lived there for 8 years and have loads of family there. i am currently in the uk and am a 1st year student nurse.
    however my main interest is forensic nursing. i am wondering if it is a career that is possible to follow in australia?
    i have heard so much about it in the us, but never hear anything about it in oz.
    any info on how i could research this a bit more, and i would be very grateful.

    thanks

    summer
    hello, summer,



    i do not and have not lived in australia, but, would dearly love to visit. my dream.



    yes, oz is very supportive of nurses wanting to get into forensic nursing. have you checked the recent journals of australia journal of advanced nursing?



    try this link. the journal article is about 4 years old, so you see there is definitely a need in your area.



    http://www.anf.org.au/pubs_ajan/pubs_ajan_0103.html



    and, here is an article on forensic nursing from the forensic nursing newsletter dated 2001.





    http://www.fnrh.freeserve.co.uk/docs/trish1.pdf#search='forensic%20nursing%20in%20austr alia'



    i am a medical legal consultant and utilize the benefits of forensic nursing in my business.



    good luck to you!
  5. by   Interested Party
    Quote from Summer24
    Hi all

    I am contemplating moving to Sydney when I graduate. I lived there for 8 years and have loads of family there. I am currently in the UK and am a 1st year student nurse.
    However my main interest is Forensic Nursing. I am wondering if it is a career that is possible to follow in Australia?
    I have heard so much about it in the US, but never hear anything about it in Oz.
    Any info on how I could research this a bit more, and I would be very grateful.

    Thanks

    Summer
    Hi Summer

    Are you doing a degree course in nursing? Yes, there are definitely opportunities for Forensic nursing in Australia.

    I am a nurse Qld so I speak mainly for Qld. I specialise in Mental Health but I was trained Comprehensive Nurse. Working in mental health, we have the opportunity to gain qualifications in Forensic. One of the mental health hospitals in Qld, called The Park offer courses on Forensic Mental Health Nursing. There are some universities who offer Graduate Diploma or Masters in Forensic Nursing. These courses can be done while you are working. If you are considering Qld, try looking at the websites of some of the Universities here and check under nursing. Hope this helps.
  6. by   gwenith
    Does mental health have the same set up as ICU? Here in QLD we offer everyone who is new to ICU the opportunity to do a "transition program" over 12 months. This program is 1/2 a graduate certificate in ICU, which in itself is 1/2 of a graduate diploma.
  7. by   Interested Party
    Quote from gwenith
    Does mental health have the same set up as ICU? Here in QLD we offer everyone who is new to ICU the opportunity to do a "transition program" over 12 months. This program is 1/2 a graduate certificate in ICU, which in itself is 1/2 of a graduate diploma.
    Well, as far as I know we only offer New Grad Programmes (one year) and then the new grads are encouraged to do the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health. Most of the new grads upon completion are eligible to apply for scholarships to complete the Dip or Masters. No, this programmes does not contribute anything towards further qualifications, not yet.

    The new grad programmes offers 2 different placements (6 monthly) and these can include the secure unit which has inpt Forensic pts.
  8. by   gwenith
    Sounds like we need to petition Mr Beattie to make a few changes - after all since the debacle of the last 6 months he should be willing to listen
    Last edit by gwenith on Sep 24, '05
  9. by   Interested Party
    We can petition but I think the answer will be 'wait for the Forster Report and the Morris .............. oh oopps the Davies Inquiry :stone . We are getting the same response for our EB6.
  10. by   gwenith
    Hah! You sound as cynical as I feel. You just feel like standing up and shouting "promises , promises!"

    Meanwhile NSW has just got ANOTHER pay rise
  11. by   Interested Party
    Quote from gwenith
    Hah! You sound as cynical as I feel. You just feel like standing up and shouting "promises , promises!"

    Meanwhile NSW has just got ANOTHER pay rise
    Ok, Ok make my day .:stone ................ how much did NSW get ?

    But! I really like Qld, so it's not going to make much difference.

    How about voting Beattie out? What the competition like out there?

    Ahem! Should we discussing matters like this for the world to see
  12. by   gwenith
    Ooops! We have sort of hijacked the thread! Sorry! But even though there has been a LOT of bad press for QLD health lately I still think there are some good parts of the ols system. Mind you Morris was on the money about the sheer number of paper pushers

    Hmmmm I can always "split" this bit off to be general Aussie chat.
  13. by   Summer24
    Thanks for all the replies so far. Yes I am currently studying for the Adult Nursing Degree. I am quite open as far as where I immigrate to. All my family resides in Sydney apart from a few who live in Callala Beach, and because I stayed in Sydney previously it seemed the obvious choice. However I have considered Queensland as I hear it's a beautiful part of the country
    Do you think I could try for immigration when I qualify? I have read that certain hospitals take on new grads! I don't really want to stay here for another year after I graduate, I just want to get on and get settled. Plus my mum is looking to come back with me (it's all her family that is there) she also lived there 30 yrs herself. She will be 55 when I graduate so she wants to go ASAP. Assuming she is allowed back in of course.

    Thanks again

    Summer
  14. by   gwenith
    If you want to immigrate check the sticky at the top because the sooner you apply the better - it takes forever!! You would have the added step of having to apply to the Australian nursing and midwifery council as well as state registration (don't ask I have been trying to find out why there is this extra layer for immigration as opposed to Visa's) anyway lots of luck!!

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