Aged care student placements now available for IRON program nurses

What is the IRON program?

The International Registration for Overseas Nurses (IRON) is a bridging program governed by the Institute of Health & Nursing Australia (IHNA) which is designed to help overseas nursing students gain registration to practice nursing in Australia.

All students who enrol on the program are experienced nurses in their resident countries and have competent English skills, yet in order to practice in Australia, they require registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

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Each student undertakes six weeks of full-time study as well as six weeks in a clinical placement before they can be awarded registration with AHPRA.

Inspiring the future of aged care

In support of this initiative, we are offering placements within our Japara homes to IRON students keen to gain experience in the Australian aged care sector.

Population projection show that Australia is ageing. As it stands, around 1 in 7 Australians are aged 65 and over, and this figure is only set to increase over time, presenting many serious challenges in the future for the aged care sector in our country. Whilst the Productivity Commission (PC) has commenced an inquiry investigating options for structural reform of the aged care system, a recent national survey of 500 nursing students showed that over two thirds were unlikely to consider a career in aged care.

We understand the devastating consequences this could have on the healthcare system and wider society in Australia, that’s why we’re keen to share our knowledge and passion for aged care with others. We know first hand how rewarding and enriching working in aged care can be, and we hope that by providing placements within our leading care homes we can dispel any negative perceptions of working in aged care, and inspire students to pursue a career in this vital industry whilst helping them on their journey to becoming a registered nurse in Australia.

Aged care student placements at Japara

Students will spend the first two weeks working alongside our care staff who will guide them through the Japara way of providing direct aged care to our residents. Following this induction period, the students will be able to take on more complex duties, such as conducting audits, care planning, and managing medications. At this stage, they will also get the chance to experience night shifts within a Japara care home and see how weekends are structured.

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After placement

Students are not obliged to complete a period of employment with Japara once they have completed their placement and are registered to work, however, opportunities may be available to students who are keen to become a permanent member of the Japara team.


We currently have aged care placements for students available in several of our homes throughout Australia during January, February, and March. For more information on how to apply, please contact us today on 1800 52 72 72, or send us an email at

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