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Category: Living and working in Australia

A guiding hand – Why you shouldn’t go it alone

Finding a job is only half the story. Truth is, you can’t work as a doctor in Australia unless you’re fully registered, appropriately indemnified and have billing rights. And you can’t even set foot in the country until you have the right work visa.

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Ask our in-house migration team for advice

The Australian government recently announced it will replace the current subclass 457 visa with a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa from March 2018. Ask Wavelength's in-house migration team for advice.

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Living the dream

We talk to British doctor – and berry farmer – Dr Lucy Reed, Director of Emergency Medicine at Launceston General Hospital, about her adventurous ED career and love of Tasmania. Even by emergency physician standards, Dr Lucy Reed has had an energetic and adventurous career...

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'From the horses mouth' - Why General Practice in Australia is better than the UK

I recently stayed with a good GP friend of mine in London. He is an excellent clinician, a compassionate human being and, above all, an incurable optimist. I was sad, therefore, to find him preoccupied with the decline of the NHS and disillusioned with his career working for it.

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Who should police dangerous hours worked by locums?

The recent debate in Ireland over doctors' hours has brought back some not so fond memories of my own internship in Scotland. My record shift was 57 hours straight with about 1.5 hours sleep. I actually fell asleep whilst walking down the corridor to write up a paracetamol order.

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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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“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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Why Australia is the best place in the world to practice Emergency Medicine

I have long held the view that Emergency Medicine as it is practiced in Australia is about as good as it gets if you want an emergency career that is rewarding and for your specialist expertise to be held in high regard by your medical peers. In Australia the Emergency Department is the hub of the ...

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