Mark Butler meeting Dharmendra Pradhan in Delhi

Australia India to work on recognizing Nursing sand Aged-care qualifications

As part of the ongoing G-20 deliberations chaired and hosted by Bharat (India) in its capacity as president for 2023, it is no surprising to see various world leaders including Australian politicians and government ministers to make beeline to fly to Bharat with their Wishlist first and foremost on their agenda. Australia with its shortages of skilled workforce in many areas, is continuously making efforts to engage Bharat to remedy situation at home. Various Ministers – Jason Clare, Mark Butler, Brendon O’Connor have visited there.

Late last month, Health Minister Mark Butler flew to Delhi to meet the Bharat government ministers and called on the Union Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan in an apparent bid to discuss expediting and finetuning the mutual recognition of educational qualifications commenced earlier in the year when the Education Minister Jason Clare visited there and signed a memorandum of understanding.

The Ministers, Minister Butler and Minister Pradhan had good discussions on working towards mutual recognition of qualifications in nursing and age-care-related courses through sharing of training content and harmonisation of skills. They also discussed lowering costs and language proficiency for ensuring ease of entry for skilled professionals.

Both the Ministers agreed to work together to achieve mutual objectives in priority areas of skills as well as for addressing global demands for a skilled workforce.

Earlier in the day, a Roundtable on Health Workforce Training & Skill Pathways was held in New Delhi to discuss innovative collaborations in education, skill development, and healthcare partnership between both countries.

During the Roundtable Australian Minister for Health Care and Aged Care HE Mr Mark Butler and Secretary, MSDE Shri Atul Kumar Tiwari had discussions that would assist in charting out a path for both countries to develop and utilize talent, build competencies, streamline recruitment across borders, as well as define the future of India’s contribution to healthcare in Australia.

Both countries recognize the valuable contributions they can offer each other. As this partnership evolves, it will continue to enhance the capabilities and expertise necessary to shape the future of these critical sectors

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