Health PR agency looks abroad for new talent

Health PR agency looks abroad for new talent

Health-focused PR agency, Palin Communications, has set its sights on the UK as a possible solution to a skills shortage in Australia, seeking to attract new talent from abroad by ramping up its British Sponsorship Program.

Sydney-based Palin Communications has a long history of sponsoring overseas communications professionals from the USA, the UK, Canada and elsewhere.

The agency says health PR is in high demand following the emergence of COVID-19, which has triggered new communications challenges and elevated the importance of internal and external communications for medical companies. However, it says the Australian talent pool has not kept pace with demand.

According to Managing Director, Martin Palin, it’s an industry-wide issue, but the agency is determined to find its own solution: "We’ve helped several consultants from overseas go on to long term visas and eventually to permanent residency. The Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) is currently lobbying the Australian government to make that easier in the future. So, we feel the timing is good - especially as international travel and visa entries have opened back up again.

“Our team is built around our shared values of trust and accountability. Not only do we thrive on working with each other, we get to work on amazing projects in cancer, infectious diseases, public health campaigns and issues management. It’s going to be a great move for the right person.”

The Palin Communications British Sponsorship Program offers business visa sponsorship, immigration guidance, assistance with travel costs, a flexible start date, hybrid working arrangements and the opportunity to work on across a diverse health-focused portfolio.

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