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Initial Registration of Overseas Nurses (Registered Nurses)


* Note: Please note that at this stage, we are not currently offering the IRON program. We are in the planning process to offer expanded programs in the near future. However, at this point we are uncertain when the next intake will be. If you would like to receive a notification for any updates, please complete this form.


Lonsdale Institute is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to deliver the Initial Registration of Overseas Nurses (IRON) programme to Registered Nurses. Lonsdale Institute delivers its IRON programme in conjunction with Alpine Health who provide health services to the townships of Myrtleford, Bright and Mt Beauty in the north east region of Victoria.

Our IRON programme is designed to take advantage of the unique environment that the rural health system in Australia provides as an introduction to International nurses, and to provide all the advantages that this partnership has to our students. This environment is supportive to each student, the programme is delivered by working nurses to ensure up to date and work real content and the placements are monitored on a weekly basis to continuously ensure the students comfort and programme progress.

As part of our commitment to the comfort and progress of our students we arrange for all the accommodation needs for the entire programme. A private bedroom and shared living space with all bedding and kitchen facilities provided so that students only need to buy their food and all the rest is provided – including free wifi – all to help them focus safely and securely on proceeding successfully through the programme.

Programme Overview

This bridging programme is designed to support the development of Australian based knowledge and application in nursing in the health care industry for international registered nurses in order to gain registration in Australia. The programme is accredited by ANMAC and approved by AHPRA. Delivery combines the presentation and familiarisation with theory and knowledge education with the practical application of skills and practices in a supervised and mentored environment in a real workplace.

Location of Programme Delivery

The programme is delivered at Alpine Health which is located at 30 O’Donnell Avenue, Myrtleford, Victoria. Clinical placements are undertaken at Alpine Health and other regional Victorian hospital partners.

Delivery Approach, Mode and Duration

The programme is a combination of education delivery in a classroom and practical application in a clinical placement delivered 40 hours per week over a period of 12 weeks.

Initially participants are in a 3 week study programme that consists of lectures, tutorials, guest speakers, guided research and on line tutorial and assessment.

This learning takes place in a dedicated education facility at Alpine Health in Myrtleford so participants are immediately familiarised with workplace environment and practices within the Australian health care system. In the fourth week participants are introduced to an allocated workplace with a registered work placement provider for a 9 week period. This may be with Alpine Health or another one of our regional Victorian hospital partners.

Entry Requirements

You must be 18 years of age or over and provide a letter from AHPRA confirming your eligibility to undertake an approved bridging programme.

In addition to these entry requirements, prospective students will be interviewed by phone, Skype or face to face before being issued with a letter of offer.

Entry into Clinical Placement

Applicants must provide evidence that their vaccination history is complete and appropriate for a health/hospital setting. This includes vaccination against Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis, Influenza, MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella), Chicken Pox and Whooping Cough. A Certified Vaccination Certificate or Immunisation Serology Test must be supplied and students without a current Immunisation will not be able to undertake clinical placement. In addition, the Victorian Department of Health requires all health care staff, students and volunteers to have a valid National Police Record Check while working within the health care industry. Students will not be permitted to attend a clinical placement if a satisfactory Police Record Check has not been provided.


Upon successful completion of the IRON programme, candidates will be eligible to apply to AHPRA for registration as a Division 1 nurse in Australia.

Intakes and Pricing

Lonsdale Institute offers 7 intakes throughout the year and our programme is priced competitively. Please contact Lonsdale Institute on + (61) 3 9639 0543 or via email at iron@lonsdaleinstitute.edu.au to ask about our current pricing structure.

Visa Arrangements

Securing an appropriate visa to allow your participation within the programme is your personal responsibility. Please be conscious of securing a visa that allows you to complete three months of study within Australia.

Please also consider your visa options once you have completed the IRON programme as obtaining registration as a nurse from the AHPRA may take up to six weeks from programme completion.


When you are packing, please bring only one suitcase (not weighing more than 22 kilograms) and one piece of hand luggage (not including your handbag).

Dress Code

The first three weeks will be study classes and neat casual dress is suitable. During clinical placement navy trousers or skirt and white collared shirt are required. Footwear should be black, flat, closed toe, comfortable shoes.

Travel Arrangements

Lonsdale Institute is able to arrange transport (via train and coach) from Melbourne to Alpine Health and return as an optional extra. This option also includes transport from Myrtleford to your clinical placement which in some cases may be undertaken at another partner hospital within Victoria.

If you choose to arrange your own transport, please be aware that in the event that your clinical placement is allocated with another of our partner hospitals in a different Victorian regional centre, you will be required to transport yourself to your clinical placement. Please note that public transport in regional Victoria may not be available.

Accommodation Arrangements

Lonsdale Institute is able to arrange accommodation with Alpine Health and during clinical placements at our partnered hospitals for the duration of the programme as an optional extra.

If you choose to arrange your own accommodation, please be aware that Myrtleford is a regional alpine township located over three hours from Melbourne. Accommodation for short periods of time can be difficult to arrange and there is no public transport in Myrtleford. Please also note that if your clinical placement is allocated at another partner hospital in regional Victoria, you will need to arrange separate accommodation for this period.


To apply, please email your request and current copies of the following documents to iron@lonsdaleinstitute.edu.au or call us on + (61) 3 9639 0543.

> AHPRA Approval Letter

> CV

> IELTS results

> Copy of passport (ID page)

> Recommendation letters

Applicants will be contacted by email for a phone interview and successful applicants are provided an offer for entry into the appropriate intake.

Course Structure

To successfully complete the IRON programme, competency in the following 7 units must be achieved:





Nursing in a legal and ethical environment in Australia
Australian health care continuous improvement practices
Person centred care
Interpersonal relationships in Australian health care
Cultural diversity in health care
Technology and equipment in Australian nursing practices
Australian risk management in nursing


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