Around New South Wales in 12 days – Hunter New England Part 2: Tamworth

In last week’s instalment of ICE Group’s Director Margaret Cox’s trip to Australia, she visited two locations in the south of Hunter New England (HNE), Newcastle and Maitland. To check out that blog and learn more about HNE as a whole CLICK HERE 

Following her stay in these two metropolitan areas of HNE, Margaret headed north to Tamworth, which is one of the key regional cities outside of the Newcastle Metro area.  


Situated a beautiful 5-hour drive or short 1-hour flight from Sydney in the heart of New England. Tamworth is a delightful blend of heritage, outdoor adventures, culture, music, sports and more. Home to the largest and longest country music festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Tamworth also boasts exceptional food, wine, and year-round sporting entertainment. Venturing beyond the city centre reveals additional adventures, with national parks, boating, fishing, water sports, horse riding, and much more on offer.   

While in Tamworth, Margaret met with Michelle Keir (Director of Nursing and Midwifery) and her wonderful Team at Tamworth Hospital. “Everyone was so welcoming, it was really a multicultural environment, highly professional and focussed on delivering the best care possible to the area. And – my bonus was I was there at the start of the Country Music Festival, it was a really special event, and so much fun” said Margaret.  

Tamworth Hospital

Tamworth Hospital is a major trauma referral centre and contains 282 beds. They provide a range of services such as 24-hour emergency department, Gastroenterology, General Medicine, Kidney Medicine, Maternity, Mental Health, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Urology, Cardiac, Rehabilitation (including brain injury), Diabetes Centre, Paediatrics, Oncology, Radiology and Pathology. They also built a state-of-the-art new acute services facility in 2015. 

Tamworth is a major teaching hospital with vast education and career pathway opportunities for Nurses and Midwives. It has a level 5 Emergency department, ICU and level 4 Busy Maternity service and Special Care Nursery supporting over 1200 births per year. 

The hospital is also the major regional centre servicing the community right up to the Queensland border, as well as a Tamworth City population of 63,000. 

Overseas Candidates starting in 2023 / 2024

Hunter New England Local Health District has been an extremely popular location choice for nurses moving from the UK or Ireland in 2023/ 2024. Here at ICE Jobs, we feel privileged to have been able to support 12 nurses in starting their new lives and careers in Australia, with a further 40 – 50 nurses hoping to start, just in Tamworth in 2024. 

Jobin, a recent starter at Tamworth, had this to say: “I heard from my friends that HNE is the best health provider in Australia. I believe that working in such a facility will enrich my knowledge, skills and experience to provide excellence in patient care” 

In conclusion

Tamworth is a vibrant city with great restaurants, charming local villages, outdoor adventures, arts, heritage and regular community events. If you are looking to move to regional Australia, Tamworth is a fantastic opportunity for both career and family life goals. If you are looking for a relaxed lifestyle with affordable housing Tamworth is your destination.  

Opportunities at Hunter New England LHD

Explore exciting opportunities with ICE Jobs as we collaborate with an array of hospitals in Hunter New England, including prestigious institutions like the John Hunter Children’s Hospital, Tamworth Hospital, Armidale Hospital, Maitland Hospital, and more. We are actively seeking experienced nurses from a range of specialities, and we invite you to browse the vacancies. 

Career Benefits and Incentives on Offer

At HNE Health, you will be part of a supportive and inclusive team who provide safe, comprehensive, and compassionate care to all the region’s communities. Whether you are learning from leading clinicians, enhancing your skills rurally and expanding your knowledge, HNE Health can support you at every stage of your career. Incentives are on offer to help you with the move to Australia and the application, please enquire for more details.  

Interested? Here is what to do next!

  • Submit your CV via our website or email us at 
  • We will contact you to discuss your experiences and opportunities that may be suited to you.    
  • Meet online with a hospital in Hunter New England if your CV is shortlisted.  
  • Move to Australia! With our ongoing support.  

Learn more about Hunter New England

Next week Margaret travels to Sydney, to visit our friends at the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network in the beautiful coastal neighbourhood of Malabar. The JHFMHN exclusively hire Mental Health Nurses with Acute experience to work at the Forensic Hospital. For all the Mental Health Nurses out there, this is a fantastic organisation to work for with unlimited career potential. Tune in next week! 

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