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$20k for relocating health care workers

The state government is doubling the incentive for healthcare workers to relocate to remote and rural regions in the state from $10,000 to $20,000.

“We know there are staffing challenges across the system,” said NSW Premier Chirs Minns, announcing the increase.

“I’m confident that by doubling the incentives on offer, we can attract more health staff to our regions.”

The Rural Health Workforce Incentive Scheme, as it’s officially called, offers several financial and non-financial incentives above the regular pay scale to attract health care workers to regional and remote areas who are in dire need of employees.

Most regional health districts in the state have nursing shortages, particularly for those with emergency skills for smaller facilities.

Health Minister Ryan Park said, “I’m confident this announcement, together with our recently approved expansion of the Single Employer Model, will result in more clinicians choosing to further their careers in regional NSW.”

The improved packages include salary boost, sign-on bonuses, retention payments of up to $20,000 per year, relocation assistance and housing, additional leave, and access to training and education.

The incentives are scaled and increase in value the more remote the location.

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