More financial support for mid-career professionals making the switch to healthcare

Nurse educator Kathy Lam demonstrates how to perform resuscitation at the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. People looking to make the mid-career switch to become nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists or diagnostic radiographers, can now look forw
Nurse educator Kathy Lam demonstrates how to perform resuscitation at the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. People looking to make the mid-career switch to become nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists or diagnostic radiographers, can now look forward to receiving more financial support as they make the transition. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - People looking to make the mid-career switch to become nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists or diagnostic radiographers, can now look forward to receiving more financial support as they make the transition.

The Ministry of Health and Singapore Work Development Agency announced on Saturday that they will be increasing the monthly allowance for its five healthcare professional conversion programmes which allow individuals to get qualifications to work in this sector.

It will be raised by $200, which is a 10 per cent increase from the past.

Current allowances range between $1,100 and $1,700 but this will go up to $1,300 to $1,900. Trainees will also receive a one-time bonus of either $1,500 or $2,000 when they complete their training.

Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower, said that these changes were made to "make the career switch to healthcare a more viable and attractive option for mid-career professionals". She was speaking at a healthcare career preview for mid-career professionals on Saturday.