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Locum rates - a touchy subject. What determines them and why they fluctuate

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.

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A bunch of great reasons to locum - that have nothing to do with money

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:

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“So you think you can speak English?” - how to avoid the IELTS trap

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.

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Warning: don’t try this at home! The perils of doing your own medical registration

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.

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How to avoid ‘IMG Culture Shock’, and why you shouldn't cross an Australian nurse

Arriving in another country to live and work is always exciting and challenging but it is the “unknown unknowns” that lead to the type of culture shock that you will inevitably experience. When I first moved to Australia from the UK it was the subtle differences ...

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A brief guide to 'Locum Etiquette'

Working as a locum on temporary contracts can be a thankless task and the lack of positive strokes can sometimes give locums cause to forget their usual standards of civil behaviour. Just as a motorist will cuss and gesticulate from behind the wheel in a way that they never would as a pedestrian, ...

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Over 200 healthcare employers have had their say!

We are very excited at Wavelength to publish the 2012 Health Workforce Report which surveyed over 200 healthcare employers about the challenges they face and their expectations for the next 6 months. Richard Taylor, Client Relationship Manager who led the study, would like to fill you in on the key ...

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Is Australian healthcare prepared for the future?

Recently, I noticed an increase in discussions around the Australian health workforce. I was chatting with my co-founder, Claire Ponsford about this and she mentioned the Inspire 2012:Reshaping Australia’s Health Workforce conference that she attended in November.

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Please don’t send me to work in the country doc!

Most overseas-trained doctors face the same dilemma when they look for a job in Australia – the tension between their own desire to live and work by the beach and the overwhelming availability of work in remote and out of the way places. The reason for this is simple - supply and demand.

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Seven cardinal sins of medical resume writing

If you want general advice on how to put together a medical resume there is plenty to find online. There are no excuses for not having the right content but I wanted to share my own thoughts on some dos and don't on formatting and style, arrived at after eyeballing thousands of doctors' resumes over the ...

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