Philippines Consulate General at the University of Sydney

2 December 2011

Left - Right; Marford Angeles, Consul Anne Jalando-On Louis, Professor Stephanie Short, Imelda Argel & Kanchan Marcus
Left - Right; Marford Angeles, Consul Anne Jalando-On Louis, Professor Stephanie Short, Imelda Argel & Kanchan Marcus

Professor Stephanie Short and a research team from the Faculty of Health Sciences recently met with the Philippines Consulate General, Anne Jalando-On Louis at the University of Sydney to discuss an ARC Linkage Project focused on building an ethical and sustainable model for health professional recruitment to Australia.

With partner organisation Queensland Health, the aim of the project is to develop an ethical and sustainable model for recruitment of health professionals from a developing to a developed country, ensuring fairness to the recruiting and source countries, and to the individual nurses.

"The project focuses on Australia and the Philippines as a case study, however our findings will have wide spread implications for the region and is likely to encourage bilateral agreements between developed and developing countries," said Professor Short.

As part of the project, quantitative data sources will be analysed concerning temporary and permanent nurse migration to Australia, nurse arrival and departure data for the past 10 years and all nursing board assessment data. Nurse migration models in other countries will also be analysed pre and post data collection.

In addition, in the Philippines, key informants will be interviewed to provide evidence about their experience and perceptions of the current migration model. In Queensland migrant Filipino nurses will be sourced through mail-out surveys. Directors of Nursing, nursing peers & Filipino registered nurses will be interviewed to gauge whether Filipino nurses have experienced any sense of marginalisation and to determine their level of labour market integration.

Professor Stephanie Short said the research was timely given the release of the WHO Global Code of Practice on International Recruitment of Health Personnel.

"The project also supports the Millennium Development Goals for Australia and the Philippines and Australia's National Research Priorities on Promoting and Maintaining Good Health and the ability to safeguard."

Joining the discussion with the Philippines Consulate General were Professor Kathryn Refshauge, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Kanchan Marcus, research assistant, Imelda Argel, migration agent and Marford Angeles, assistant to the Philippines Consul. The lunch meeting encouraged dialogue on nurse migration, clinical education standards and suggestions to meet policy and education officials in the Philippines.

Partners on the ARC Linkage Project include the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne, Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology. The project started in 2010 and will conclude in 2012 with findings to be presented at the UN and in scholarly papers.