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Category: Locum doctors

Using locum work to plan your career strategy

It is unfortunate the word ‘locum’ is often synonymous with the pursuit of fast money. The hourly or per diem rate can look attractive at face value, but in truth, ask a locum why they locum and you’ll often hear a range of reasons before money is even mentioned.

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Oh, the places you’ll go!

Wavelength sends doctors all over Australia, but perhaps the most unique experience we offer is the chance to practice indigenous health in some of our most remote communities. Some become quite enamoured with this kind of work, such as Hobart-based Dr Amin Sadruddin...

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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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Getting the balance right with the medical locum workforce

Nature teaches us a lot about the need for a rich and balanced ecosystem. Knock out one species and top predators starve, weeds and algae bloom and co-dependent species go extinct. So it is with the medical workforce which is large, essential and 24/7.

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Why are there no "Australian Doctor of the Year Awards"?

Everyone loves the Oscars, the Emmys and the Arias. We love the human drama and, because they are for celebrities, we all take a keen interest. However, most industries like to celebrate their best and brightest in some fashion. And for good reason - awards not only allow an industry ...

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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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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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My Doctor’s got Talent!

Since my international flight has been delayed by 48 hours I suddenly have a bit of time on my hands. Rather than twiddle my thumbs I thought I would delve into our resume database to see what I could find. With tens of thousands of records you can start to draw some statistically significant conclusions about ...

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Australia has a long way to go to 'close the gap' on numbers of indigenous doctors

As a sponsor of a scholarship for the University of NSW indigenous medical student programme we were invited to attend a donors lunch last week. There was lively discussion around the table on the state of funding for such programmes, and consensus that all Australian state and federal ...

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