The GP Life in Australia



Australia offers fantastic opportunities for GPs wanting to work and live there. With greater clinical freedom and a higher potential earnings than in the UK, as well as a better work life balance, we can certainly see the benefits.
 
Here at Agenda Medical Locums, we recently secured a contract to find high calibre GPs for a number of surgeries on the West Coast of Australia. So what are the benefits of practising down under? And what do GPs need to know before they decide to make the move?
 
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In terms of clinical work, there really isn't much difference to the UK. The types of cases are similar, and there’s more clinical freedom with regards to prescribing and making referrals. You’ll see your paperwork decrease; there’s significantly less in comparison with the UK. And the workload is much less intense. A standard day is usually 8 hours seeing about 40-50 patients per day. 
 
Sounding good yet?…
 
General Practice Funding 
 
One major difference - doctors charge patients a fee. Australia’s healthcare system, Medicare, offers Australian citizens and permanent residents rebates for services provided to them by healthcare professionals with a Medicare provider number. GPs can directly charge Medicare on behalf of patients, and this known as bulk billing. Most GPs offer mixed billing, where some may be bulk billed and others privately billed. All the practices we work with in Australia are bulk billing at 70%.
 
After hours and weekends aren’t mandatory but one thing to bear in mind is that the volume of patients seen will heavily influence earning potential. On the west coast, GPs can expect to make about $2000 per day after about 3 months on a regular basis.
 
The surgeries we have positions for can allow a GP to work on a 2 month basis. And they will offer up to $300 a week towards accommodation, making something like the below affordable. 

 
Still interested?
 
Let us help you find the right practice for you and navigate the paperwork. 

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