Travel nurses are employed in almost every state and territory across the country, but New South Wales is the most populated in Australia.
It’s the only state that has a full-time travel nurse, which covers both overnight and long-term care services, as well as home and short-term stay care.
A recent report from the Bureau of Statistics said New South Wines had the highest rate of travel nurse vacancies at 23.9 per cent.
The report also said the number of travel nurses in Australia was increasing, which was linked to the boom in home-based nursing care.
However, it said this was a result of the ageing population and an increase in the number with shorter working hours.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) says the number and the age of nurses in New Southwales is a key factor in its recruitment, recruitment costs and overall recruitment performance.
The council says its recruitment practices focus on recruitment and retention.
However the council also notes that the number has increased in the last few years.
The NHMRC says the rate of new jobs for travel nurses across New SouthWales is expected to increase from 16 per cent to 20 per cent over the next three years.
A number of other factors have also contributed to the growth of the number, including the ageing of the population, the rise in the cost of home- based nursing care, the ageing workforce and the fact that there is a strong need for more staff.
However it says this growth is also contributing to the high number of vacancies in nursing care across Australia.
A survey conducted by the NHMCC found that most of the people working in nursing homes were older than 55 years of age, but that the majority of the nurses were working at home.
While nursing homes can be a place for long-time residents to stay, they can also be a home to young people who need long- term nursing care or carers.
The survey found that 75 per cent of the respondents were aged under 35.
This is largely due to the fact young people are increasingly choosing to live in long-stay nursing homes.
However these trends are not necessarily confined to New South Welsh.
A study published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that the proportion of Australian adults living in long term care was falling, and more than half of all nursing home residents aged under 65 were aged between 35 and 64.
A new study from the University of New South, Western Australia, found that more than 20 per of all adult Australians were in a nursing home in the year to March 2018, and half of them were aged over 65.
This figure was double that of the UK, which had 19 per cent and the US had 16 per.
The study also found that only one in five of those who entered a nursing homes in Australia were working, and only 16 per of them had a job.
The University of Sydney’s Dr John Hough said that nursing homes had long been known as a place to retire, as a result, there was a perception that they were a place of retirement.
“There are a lot of myths about the idea that nursing is for retirement.
In fact nursing is really about people coming together and getting to know each other,” he said.
“When you think about it, it’s actually a much more positive place to live than retirement.”
Dr Hough says the main issue with the number in nursing home is the age profile of the workforce.
He said the majority were working in older and older facilities.
“We’re seeing older, more senior nurses and some are even working in very expensive facilities, whereas other areas in New Zealand, such as hospitals, have a much younger population, which is why there are more nursing home vacancies,” he explained.
He also said it was important to note that these figures did not include the number working in care homes, but rather the number receiving care in long stay nursing homes, aged out of care, aged under 55 and other factors.
However Dr Houg said the trend of increasing vacancies and lower employment rates would continue to be seen in the future.
“Nursing is not just for older people anymore, it can also include people over the age 25, over 60, people with disabilities, people over 65 and those in care,” he added.
We need to consider that we need more and better nurses and carers.””
But we need to look at it from a broader perspective and not just focus on nursing and long term nursing.
We need to consider that we need more and better nurses and carers.”