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Tag: Locum doctor

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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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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No nasty surprises - do your research before you take an overseas medical job

Moving jobs is always a nerve-wracking experience and this is even more the case when you are moving country as well. To make matters worse you might be expected to take a job sight unseen, given the impracticalities of traveling halfway round the world just for an interview.

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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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Why Médecins Sans Frontières has a world class 'Employment Brand'

I admire Médecins Sans Frontières enormously. I admire them for their humanitarian mission, for their no-nonsense attitude towards getting things done but most of all I admire them for their courage. What fascinates me most, as a professional recruiter, is how they manage to attract people with their ...

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Come and work in New Zealand – money hungry doctors need not apply

There is no getting away from it – salaries for specialist doctors and general practitioners in NZ compete poorly on the international market. If you are thinking of relocating to New Zealand from Australia or the UK expect a pay cut of 30-50%. If you are coming from the US think 50-80% depending on ...

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No free lunch for locums – or their employers as it turns out

The Health Service Executive in Ireland recently announced that locum doctors were not going to be paid for their half-hour lunch break in an effort to save money. This is a nice piece of accounting, understandable given the dire state of the Irish economy, but may lead to a seemingly paradoxical increase in ...

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