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About Wavelength

Dr John Bethell and Claire Ponsford founded Wavelength over 22 years ago. Their vision was to create a medical recruitment company that truly cares about its employees, who in turn would truly care about the service delivered to doctors and healthcare employers

In 2016, Chris Riley joined Wavelength as CEO bringing 30-years of senior recruitment management experience to help us align our services more closely to our clients and candidates' needs.

As an established doctor-owned and managed, award-winning medical recruitment agency, Wavelength has grown to employ over 90 people with the same ethos and passion as in the early days.

Each year, we help +3,500 doctors to find both locum and permanent jobs across all medical specialties and seniorities, in diverse locations across Australia and New Zealand.

Meet the team

A medical career partner

In early 2019 we acquired executive search firm Ccentric Group to form Australia's first vertically integrated healthcare recruitment organisation. Together, we provide dedicated assistance and guidance to our doctors from the beginning of their career, throughout specialisation and beyond, to help them secure the most sought-after Executive roles in Australia. 

A medical recruitment agency with a purpose

We’ve evolved considerably over the years, but what’s remained constant is our emphasis on service. We are focused on going ‘above and beyond’ to match the most qualified Doctor with each and every job.

We are proud that 97% of our doctors would recommend our service to others and that many of the doctors and healthcare employers who partnered with us in the beginning still work with us today.

Working in the medical recruitment sector, we feel a connection to the broader impact of what we do. Our services help many regional and rural communities to find medical care and our medical locum agency services help fill the gaps to ensure continuity of care. This gives a sense of pride and purpose to everyone who works with us.

About Us John and Claire Wavelength


“We wanted to create a different type of recruitment company, one that truly cared about its employees, who in turn would truly care about the service delivered to doctors and healthcare employers”

Claire Ponsford and John Bethell
Wavelength founders and directors

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Why medical recruitment matters to us

Inspired by the outback experiences of Dr John Bethell, we assist over 300 remote Australian communities each year, finding talented doctors to rural areas and remote medical services that would often go without critical medical care. This feeling carries over into our medical recruitment of doctors internationally.

Our mission is to partner with medical professionals and healthcare organisations for the betterment of the community. Our core values are integral to everything we do.



We are passionate about service. We always go the extra mile.



We do what we say we’ll do. We never compromise our ethical and moral standards.



We find solutions. We constantly seek to improve and evolve.



We take pride in making a wider difference. We love what we do.

Wave Blog – Stay up to date on medical industry news

John and Claire frequently write about various medical industry topics, plus interview our long-standing doctors and talk about the future of the medical industry in our Wave Blog. Subscribe to be first to hear about new articles written by John Bethell, Claire Ponsford and many others.

Read our blog

Supporting our community

We are proud to partner with and support organisations that align with our values, and who are making a real difference in the healthcare sector, both in Australia and overseas.

We actively donate and fundraise for UNSW Medical School (sponsoring Indigenous medical students), the Fred Hollows Foundation, Heartfelt Homes, Love Mercy Australia, Médecins Sans Frontières, and the Cancer Council.


Join our team!

We're always on the lookout for great people, particularly recruiters and para-consultants who have what it takes to thrive in our dynamic and friendly medical recruitment teams.

If you'd like to work in a role where you can make an impact in the community, at a company that truly cares for its employees, get in touch with us below.

Join the Wavelength team