Nursing in Australia vs. UK

Published At: August 08, 2018

Migrating and settling down in different countries is an exciting time as you embark on a new adventure. Make new memories, discover a vibrant and loving culture, meet amazing people, and work in some best nursing facilities.

Nursing in Australia and the UK has been compared by the Ausmed Education of Australia. Many studies have been conducted on where each country’s overall healthcare models rank on a global scale, the most recent places the UK first, with Australia coming in second.

National Healthcare Service

The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK differs slightly between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Generally, the public can access free healthcare from GPs and some other services. The NHS is publicly funded through taxation and, though private providers exist, they are not funded by the NHS.

The NHS differs from Australia’s Medicare most significantly in how healthcare is paid for. Under the Australian system, practitioners are paid at the point of care per consultation, while the NHS has a system of capitation payments.

Medicare is a universal, government-controlled service and financed by a levied percentage of the population’s tax. Healthcare in Australia is also supplemented with private providers whose services are usually partly covered by Medicare.

Average Salary

Starting with minimum wage and national annual salary data you can already see that Australia offers far more lucrative salaries with the national average over £6000 higher than the UK. 

Average Age and Retirement Age

The nurse gender differences in Australia and the UK are very similar, at 89.2% and 88.6% female, respectively, however, the number of male nurses has seen an increase in recent years.

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