Are we ready? All the signs suggest that general practice in Australia is about to undergo a major upheaval. And it’s no great surprise. It’s a worldwide trend in response to the rise of chronic disease and the cost blow outs that inevitably follow.
Surgeons are twice as likely to have claims made against them than physicians says Medical Board of Australia https://t.co/bJds1riuH4
NHS GP in crisis “40 per cent of GPs plan to quit in the next five years” https://t.co/81fNZLekkt
Survey - Significant shortfall of senior doctors in New Zealand https://t.co/1RTT2kmOpd
New school of rural medicine for NZ to produce an extra 60 doctors per year https://t.co/lZQf1aK5CA
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:
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.
I recently read with interest an article by Laurie Tarkan at the New York Times that highlighted the case of a 78-year old surgeon who lost a patient post-operatively. The routine investigation that followed revealed that the surgeon himself was showing obvious signs of age-related cognitive dysfunction ...
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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.
- → Anaesthetists
- → Australian health workforce
- → British GPs
- → Emergency physicians
- → General practitioners
- → Healthcare Partners
- → Junior Doctors
- → Living and working in Australia
- → Living and working in New Zealand
- → Living and working overseas
- → Locum doctors
- → Medical career development
- → Medical practitioners
- → Psychiatry
- → Radiologists
- → Recruitment
- → Regulatory & Migration
- → Rural medicine
- → Specialist Physicians
- → Surgeons