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Category: Australian health workforce

Carrots and Sticks – The (not so) nuanced art of attracting doctors to rural Australia

It’s not a new problem. Australia, with it’s metro-educated medical workforce, attractive coastal cities and ‘daunting’ outback, often finds it hard to lure doctors away from friends, family and their café latte lifestyles. Here is a synopsis of historical strategies tried:

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What does the Hockey budget mean for doctors employment?

In a masterstroke of barely disguised money saving, Hockey has finally grasped the co-payment nettle and introduced a hefty $7 impost on the Australian public every time they want to see a doctor. I personally think $1 would have had the same effect without creating quite such a political firestorm.

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What’s really going on with doctors' pay in Queensland?

For anyone with even a passing interest in how doctors get paid, all eyes are on Queensland at the moment. The new government is well down the path of making sweeping reforms to senior doctors' contracts and while the ‘whats’ are becoming clearer the ‘whys’ remain a little on the fuzzy side.

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What does a Tony Abbott government mean for doctors?

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.

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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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How many doctors will Australia need in 30 years from now?

Imagine launching a sailing boat in Sydney, setting the compass for Vancouver and then sitting back with a Gin & Tonic expecting to arrive at your chosen destination on time! Predicting a future outcome without adjustment along the way is a risky undertaking for anyone that puts a high value on being right.

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Medicine needs women doctors - yes, even those that want to have a family

In the 2011 book Torn, Dr Karen Sibert challenges women to reconsider their choice of commencing medical school, citing the potential stresses that such a career will put on their family life later on. Fair enough. She then goes on to declare a “moral obligation” of doctors to use their medical education ...

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Do you see your medical recruiter as a valued partner or a necessary evil?

I have noticed over the years that it is much easier to convince hospitals to engage with recruiters on a transactional basis, taking resumes on the fly, rather than outsourcing a complete recruitment assignment to one agency. Most other industry sectors now accept the benefits of ...

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Does a voluntary code of conduct promote ethical recruitment of international doctors?

A recently published Canadian study has gained significant press coverage for its eye-catching headline “Doctor brain-drain costs Africa $2 billion”. At the heart of the matter is an accusation that rich countries such as the USA, Canada and Australia are poaching doctors from poor and vulnerable nations ...

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