We speak to GPs every day about their motivations for moving. Many cite unfavourable changes in NHS and working conditions. Others have had a life long dream of living and working overseas with Australia and New Zealand providing the perfect climate and lifestyle to fulfil that dream.
Whatever your push or pull factors (perhaps both) we’ve highlighted some of the benefits of making that move down under.
‘I have found the working conditions, flexibility, capacity for earning and, above all, lifestyle for my family and I to be far superior to my experience in the UK.’ Dr Charles
Let’s look at the professional benefits:
Ease of transition. With UK qualifications or experience from a comparable country you are likely to transition into general practice in Australia and NZ with relative ease. There are, of course, differences in the healthcare systems but your day to day clinical practice is likely to be quite similar.
You have a wider scope to practice clinical interests. The majority of clinics are well set up for minor injuries and surgery, occupational assessments, skin cancer clinic plus chronic disease care.
The workload is less intense than what you would expect in the UK. Your focus is spending time with your patients in clinic – some GPs have 15 minute appointment times and there are usually no home visits or telephone consultations. With the additional benefit of less paperwork!
“ I can heartily recommend (moving to New Zealand) as a breath of fresh air to any UK GP who does not enjoy NHS bureaucracy and obstructiveness.”
Finally, looking at lifestyle, Australia and New Zealand are consistently at the top of Lifestyle indicators.
Residents enjoy a high quality of life, a superb education and health system, a stable economic and political environment, clean and safe surroundings along with a fantastic climate allowing for that enviable outdoor lifestyle.
If you’d like any further information or to find the right job for you please get in touch.