Dozens of nurses will travel thousands of miles across the world to help fill vacancies in hospitals in the North-east in the coming months.
And hundreds more are in line to make the trip from Australia to take up roles in Grampian, following a recruitment trip which is being hailed as a huge success by health bosses.
It was revealed in October that NHS Grampian was planning to send a delegation of four senior medics Down Under to address its staff recruitment crisis.
Attending job fairs in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney cost the struggling board well over £20,000 – but the response has left it optimistic it will prove value for money.
As well as 49 nurses and midwives, three of whom will go to other health boards, there are another 114 at various stages of training, which they need to complete before they can be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
The new nurses will start to arrive in local hospitals in March, with NHS Lothian already employing one of the new recruits.