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Initial Registration of Overseas Nurses - IRON  

The Initial Registration of Overseas Nurses (IRON) Program is designed to effectively orientate overseas qualified registered nurses through the working conditions and expectations of the Australian health care system, preparing them to be work ready and equipped to continue their health careers.

Students are trained and assessed to Australian Standards and are work ready with the following skills:

  • Patient centred focus
  • Clinical competencies including best practice quality care and quality & safety standards
  • Professional and interpersonal skills
  • Technically adept
  • English language proficient

About the IRON program

Alpine Health delivers the Initial Registration of Overseas Nurses (IRON) Program through its partnership with La Trobe University. The bridging program 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 IRON Program partnership with La Trobe, is accredited by Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and approved by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulations Authority (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.

The partnership arrangement between La Trobe University and Alpine Health combines La Trobe University’s academic framework expertise in the delivery of study programs for international students with Alpine Health’s experience in the hospital based delivery of the IRON program. The partnership delivers a contemporary program of study for international students seeking registration as nurse practitioners in Australia.

Students participating within the IRON Program are required to undertake both a theoretical and practical component for successful completion of the program.

For application and enrolment details please visit the La Trobe University website.

The Partners


Alpine Health


Alpine Health is North East Victoria’s largest rural focused health service and the largest Multi-Purpose health service in Australia.

Alpine Health is recognised as one of the more innovative hospitals and health services providers in Australia. Alpine Health actively pursue diverse strategies to support acute hospital,  residential and community aged care services, primary care services  - home and community care, health promotion and training and education activities.

Alpine Health’s great strength is flexibility, allowing health and education services to respond directly to the needs of clients, customers and students.  Alpine Health holds a unique position in the health workforce training market as one of only a handful of training providers that hold as their organisational remit both the provision of health service and nationally recognised health training qualifications.  Alpine Health offers a perspective on health education, training and development referenced and tied to the provision of quality health service.

We believe that engaging students in the real work for which they will ultimately employed from their very first day in the classroom, results in highly capable individuals and a more mature workforce.

Alpine Institute is Alpine Health’s Registered Training Organisation (RTO) TOID 22575.


La Trobe University

La Trobe was the third university established in Victoria and it is now one of Australia’s leaders in research and higher education.

More than 167,000 students have graduated from La Trobe and among them are CEOs of some of Australia’s most prominent organisations, parliamentarians, medical researchers, human rights activists and Olympians. We are in the top 1.5% of 27,000 universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2019).

La Trobe Rural Health School 


The La Trobe Rural Health School (LRHS) are creating and strengthening the future health workforce of regional and rural Australia.

With over 3000 students, La Trobe is the largest rural health school in Australia. Their expert staff and purpose-built facilities bring world-class health education to regional Victoria.

They teach and research in 11 disciplines across La Trobe's regional campuses at Albury Wodonga, Bendigo, Mildura and Shepparton. 

Their well-established courses ensure graduates are highly regarded in their respective industries.

La Trobe Rural Health School is proud to attract a diverse range of staff and students, and respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which each of the four campuses are situated.

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