Medical Career

'From the horses mouth' - Why General Practice in Australia is better than the UK

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.

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What does the Hockey budget mean for doctors employment?

In a masterstroke of barely disguised money saving, Hockey has finally grasped the co-payment nettle and introduced a hefty $7 impost on the Australian public every time they want to see a doctor. I personally think $1 would have had the same effect without creating quite such a political firestorm.

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Is private practice in Australia right for you?

Working with specialist physicians in Australia since 2008 I have coached hundreds of doctors through their next career move. For senior doctors a new job is 9 times out of 10 life-changing, sometimes involving relocation of the whole family.

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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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What are the long-term prospects for all these new Aussie graduate doctors?

I couldn’t agree more with Richard Murray, Dean of Medicine at James Cook University. There is no shortage of doctors in Australia and never has been - the problem is one of mal-distribution. The numbers speak for themselves - 3.3 doctors per 1000 head of population in Australia ...

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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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'It's not fair!' Why are some doctors paid more than others?

From a mile away all doctors look much the same, but get up close and it turns out that they come in many shapes, sizes and disciplines. The differences are never more starkly revealed than by a quick glance at their tax returns at the end of the year.

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District of Workforce Shortage vs Area of Need... "Why do I need both?"

Of all the quirks in the convoluted process for gaining the right to work as a doctor in Australia, none is so perplexing as the apparent overlap between Area of Need and District of Workforce Shortage. At first glance they appear to be the same thing, but examine the detail and there, you will find ...

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“So you think you can speak English?” - how to avoid the IELTS trap

We have brought enough doctors into Australia and New Zealand to anticipate most of the hurdles that they will face as they make their way through the regulatory process. No step is more underestimated, despite our advice, for its ability to throw a spanner in the works than the English language test, IELTS.

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Warning: don’t try this at home! The perils of doing your own medical registration

Over the years I have fielded many questions from doctors wishing to come to Australia and New Zealand about why they should use a medical recruitment agency like Wavelength. Apart from the spectacularly obvious one (it’s a free service for candidates) there are many other reasons why this is a smart move.

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