I couldn’t agree more with Richard Murray, Dean of Medicine at James Cook University. There is no shortage of doctors in Australia and never has been - the problem is one of mal-distribution. The numbers speak for themselves - 3.3 doctors per 1000 head of population in Australia ...
So Tony Abbott finally made it into office and we now face at least three years of coalition government. What does this mean for health and the doctors that make up the medical workforce? Peter Dutton may be the new Health Minister but, with his background, Abbott is bound to have a strong influence on policy.
Moving jobs is always a nerve-wracking experience and this is even more the case when you are moving country as well. To make matters worse you might be expected to take a job sight unseen, given the impracticalities of traveling halfway round the world just for an interview.
From a mile away all doctors look much the same, but get up close and it turns out that they come in many shapes, sizes and disciplines. The differences are never more starkly revealed than by a quick glance at their tax returns at the end of the year.
I can’t deny it. I’m tickled pink to find out that Wavelength International has been listed amongst the BRW top 50 “Great Place to Work” list for the fourth consecutive year. We are particularly pleased because this is now the only award we apply for.
Of all the quirks in the convoluted process for gaining the right to work as a doctor in Australia, none is so perplexing as the apparent overlap between Area of Need and District of Workforce Shortage. At first glance they appear to be the same thing, but examine the detail and there, you will find ...
In my last blog “A bunch of great reasons to locum...” I proposed that locum work is not always about the money. Whilst the article received much positive feedback, it seems that many still doubt the motives of locums, expressing, in particular, incredulity at the dollar amount that locums are paid.
Why do locum work? OK - so you might be seduced by the attractive rates of pay, but if that is all that drives you then I foretell that you will quickly run out of enthusiasm. There are in fact many reasons, other than financial, why locum work can be a rewarding experience. Here is a brief, but not exhaustive list:
We have brought enough doctors into Australia and New Zealand to anticipate most of the hurdles that they will face as they make their way through the regulatory process. No step is more underestimated, despite our advice, for its ability to throw a spanner in the works than the English language test, IELTS.
Over the years I have fielded many questions from doctors wishing to come to Australia and New Zealand about why they should use a medical recruitment agency like Wavelength. Apart from the spectacularly obvious one (it’s a free service for candidates) there are many other reasons why this is a smart move.
About the Author
About the author
Dr. John Bethell graduated from Aberdeen Medical School in 1990 and worked as a doctor in both the UK and Australia, launching Wavelength with co-founder Claire Ponsford in 1999. As a pioneer and market leader of medical recruitment in Australia Dr. Bethell has seen the industry grow and mature. After two decades of helping doctors find work and employers find doctors, he sees the medical workforce world through a unique perspective.
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- → Australian health workforce
- → British GPs
- → Emergency physicians
- → General practitioners
- → Healthcare Partners
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- → Living and working in New Zealand
- → Living and working overseas
- → Locum doctors
- → Medical career development
- → Medical practitioners
- → Psychiatry
- → Radiologists
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