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Professional development opportunities for GPs in Australia

Are you a doctor interested in working in Australia while ensuring ongoing career growth? Learn about professional development opportunities in Australia.

Turn that dream into a reality because in Australia you can have it all!

And you might even be lucky enough to be paid for it as well.

All registered medical practitioners in Australia are required to participate in a minimum 50 hours per year of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Depending on where in Australia and at which clinic you work, you may even be eligible for what is called Professional Development Leave (PDL).

It allows doctors to take time away from work and be paid an allowance while they undertake further training, education or other forms of personal development.

The terms vary from state to state and practice to practice so it’s important to check the details depending on the circumstances.

Your clinic’s management team will also normally have to agree to a time frame that does not disrupt their business.

There are so many ways doctors can expand their horizons as a medical professional in Australia.

Specialist training programs

Australia offers so many outstanding growth opportunities for its doctors.

One of the most exciting ones is the chance to undertake specialised training programs.

These allow GPs to pursue additional qualifications in various medical disciplines relevant to general practice such as:

  • Accident & emergency
  • Pediatrics
  • Drug & alcohol
  • Mental health
  • Palliative care
  • Sports medicine
  • Sexual health
  • Skin cancer medicine

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) support these programs, ensuring the highest standards in medical education.

Training may be undertaken at various sites relevant to the course.

These include hospital settings, general practice and non-general practice settings in the community and approved medical education settings.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses

Rather than being seen as interchangeable, CME (Continuing Medical Education) is these days generally regarded as a component of CPD (Continuing Professional Development).

Australia has always placed a great emphasis on its medical professionals continuing their education.

This provides a wonderful opportunity for doctors who choose to work in Australia.

It allows them to take advantage of a wide range of courses.

These courses are specifically tailored to keep doctors abreast of the latest medical advancements, technological innovations and best practices in patient care.

While online learning has grown significantly in recent years, many doctors still report preferring face-to-face lectures and group settings.

Networking events and conferences

A great deal of medical education is undertaken in the form of conferences.

This provides a fertile ground for networking.

It allows doctors to make important connections in the industry as well as further opportunities for education and personal growth.

Attending conferences and networking events is an ideal way for overseas GPs to establish contacts with peers, specialists and key figures in the Australian healthcare landscape.

It is the perfect setting for exchanging ideas and gaining exposure to alternative viewpoints within the medical community.

Research opportunities

Australia is one of the world’s most renowned and respected regions for medical research.

GPs wishing to contribute in that field will find ample opportunities to engage with medical institutes and universities undertaking work in clinical trials, studies and research projects.

Many academic institutions collaborate with healthcare providers.

They promote a culture of research, allowing GPs to work closely in their field of interest and make significant contributions to the cause.

Mentorship programs

Mentorship is a key plank for every doctor aspiring to climb the medical ladder.

It is important to both mentor and be mentored.

In Australia, there are a number of mentorship programs designed to support not just local doctors but overseas doctors too as they navigate the nuances of the healthcare system.

Making a valued and trusted connection within a mentorship program can be one of the most rewarding experiences for both parties on their medical journeys.

It helps provide valuable insight, guidance and a real sense of belonging within the Australian medical community.

Leadership and management 

Some people are born to lead and manage.

Others find it a little more challenging.

But in Australia, there are leadership and management courses that will teach overseas GPs the skills they need to undertake those roles.

These courses include components such as healthcare administration, team management, conflict resolution and strategic planning.

All great medical clinics should encourage leadership within their team.

Contact HRA today

Working in Australia has so much to offer overseas GPs at both a professional and personal level.

Part of that are the opportunities for professional development which can help ignite your career and make you a better doctor and individual.

Health Recruitment Australia is a dedicated recruitment agency that specialises in matching overseas doctors of all ages with the right clinics down under.

At HRA, we put a high emphasis on medical practices that support overseas doctors from the ground up.

That means practices that not just provide but encourage further training and professional development opportunities.

We value clinics that have established successful mentoring programs and offer structured leadership pathways.

That’s why when you work with HRA, you’ll always find a practice tailor-made for you.

A significant GP shortage exists in Australia right now!

There are multiple opportunities available for doctors interested in making the move.

If you are one of the thousands of doctors considering emigrating to Australia to work, let HRA make your job easier.

We’ll help you find you the right city, area, and practice to work in and provide you with professional development opportunities.

We’ll answer all of your questions, putting your mind at ease to make your move smooth sailing.

And we’ll even help with all that annoying paperwork too!

Why not start with an informal, no-obligation discussion with the experienced team at Health Recruitment Australia? Contact us.

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