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...
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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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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