Hi, have just come back from an Australian Immigration event here in the UK, I spoke to an healthcare employer who (in her words) was certain that IELTS was no longer required, if you could a) prove your secondary education was taken and taught in English and b)Your Nursing diploma/degree was also taken and taught in English.
I questioned this as it conflicts with a recent email I received from AHPRA stating that all International qualified persons must complete the IELTS test.
Everyone seems to have a different interpretation of the NMBA guidelines given to AHPRA.........Aaarrggghhhh!!!!!
Please, Please could someone with the right contacts either in Australia,Ahpra,NMBA or within the Immigration Dept.........get a definitive answer, as the current advice being given to Nurses within the UK is inconsistent at best and just plain wrong the rest of the time.
Im sure this is a bone of contention for many nurses and immigration agents alike, many of whom would also like to know the official/current interpretation.
If any others have recent communication from NMBA / AHPRA or experience of the process it would be good to hear from you and how you got on.
Miss P Doff (pseudonym)