Locum

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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Time to brush up on your locum etiquette?

Wavelength's Dr John Bethell gives us his guide to locum etiquette - strategies for a smooth induction and ground rules to ensure you're welcomed back.

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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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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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Physician 'promote thyself' through social media

LinkedIn recently came clean about its intention to be a prime player in the recruitment space and many are now adjusting to the fact that their LinkedIn profile is a defacto resume for all to see. Facebook is widely rumoured to be muscling in on this space soon.

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