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Remote area nurses

Nowhere else will you experience the vast diversity of nursing other than in rural and remote Queensland. From outback sunsets to the tropics of the Cape, from beaches hugging the reef, to friendly country communities, Queensland Health offers fantastic incentives for nurses in many rural and remote areas.

Nurses and midwives living and working in the outback frequently work long hours and often have to deal with a range of emergencies. The daily challenges faced by nurses and midwives in remote areas are well documented. Professional independence can at times also mean professional isolation, an extended scope of practise, and working and living in a different social and cultural setting. To support and encourage nurses and midwives, Queensland Health offers incentives and benefits.

In many ways, it pays to nurse in Rural Queensland

Queensland Health offers fantastic incentives for nurses in many rural and remote areas which include:

  • free or subsidised accommodation available with over 120 hospitals and health care facilities 
  • up to $2,500 in professional development allowance
  • minimum of 2 weeks paid professional development leave, with paid travel and course/conference costs
  • appointment and relocation costs paid
  • fly in – fly out (with spouse and dependants) with recreation leave twice per annum.
  • bonus payments for each year of service. After 1 year: $3,500. After 2 years: $10,500. Each year after 3 years: $7,000.

These benefits alone may be worth up to $25,000 per year and are offered on top of Queensland Health's already attractive package for nurses which includes:

  • competitive base salary
  • salary sacrifice options
  • generous shift work penalty rates, leave loading up to 27.5% (shift workers), up to 12.75% employer superannuation contribution and ability to "buy" additional leave
  • support for learning through scholarships and transition programs
  • recognition of relevant qualifications through generous allowances.

Become part of a supportive professional network and the heart of a vibrant Queensland community by joining our recruitment campaign.

Last updated: 11 June 2014