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Productivity tips for overseas doctors in Australia

Moving overseas to work is exciting but maximising your efficiency and productivity is essential for overseas doctors wanting to be successful.

It can be extremely confronting navigating the work and life challenges faced in a foreign environment.

But with a little pre-planning and some thoughtful execution, you can make the most of your move and relieve a great deal of the stresses that go with it.

Here’s what you should be thinking about to turbo charge your efficiency and productivity when you arrive in your new land, working as a GP in Australia.

Australia’s healthcare system

Medicare – it is the cornerstone of Australia’s healthcare system.

Overseas doctors need to register with Medicare for a provider number to bill their patients.

They also need a Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) prescriber number to prescribe medications.

Make it your priority to learn everything you need to know about it and how it works.

Electronic health records – nearly all clinics use them these days to increase efficiency.

If you are not comfortable with using EHRs or have no prior experience, it will pay to get yourself up to speed with the most common systems that streamline patient care and administrative tasks.

Embrace multidisciplinary collaboration

Engage with allied healthcare professionals – Collaboration with other medical professionals is an integral part of healthcare in Australia.

These may include physiotherapists, dieticians, psychologists and any other professionals who can contribute to the holistic care of patients.

Work on building a team of professionals you can recommend to patients in need.

Effective communication – Cultivate open lines of communication with fellow healthcare providers. 

Clear and concise messaging helps produce the best outcomes for patients. 

Local medical guidelines and protocols

Australian medical guidelines – Always keep abreast of local medical guidelines, protocols and best practices.

This helps ensure that the day-to-day decisions you make remain aligned with Australian standards and expectations.

Attend Continuous Professional Development (CPD) sessions – Doctors in Australia are required to register and log a minimum 50 hours of CPD per year.

Take the opportunity to participate in local activities when they arise which will help keep you informed of medical advancements, policies and regulatory changes.

Cultural competency

Appreciate cultural sensitivities – Understand that Australia is a diverse multicultural nation. 

Being sympathetic to the cultural and religious beliefs of a wide range of patients is in your best interests.

Language proficiency – Australia’s diverse ethnicities often speak a wide range of languages. 

Even if you are not proficient in any second language, speaking a little of several languages is an investment in your career and helps build trust with patients from different backgrounds.

Interpreter services are also worth considering to help bridge the language gap.

Efficient time management

Prioritise patient appointments – Manage your time with patients effectively so as not to run over schedule.

Practice active listening and if necessary, consider appointment scheduling software to help your day run more smoothly.

Effective delegation – This also helps you run better to schedule. 

Delegate tasks where possible to support staff to improve your efficiency.

This empowers your team to work more collaboratively and contributes to the overall productivity of the practice.

Embracing telehealth

Telehealth is now a fundamental facet of every medical practice.

It can’t help but improve efficiency and productivity.

Use it where possible to consult with patients who either do not require a face-to-face visit or are unable to attend the practice.

It allows you to reach a broader patient base, allows you to consult more patients per day and reduces the risk of a back log.

Make sure you are familiar with the latest telehealth apps and software to get the most out of virtual consultations.

Registration requirements

Familiarise yourself with the registration requirements for overseas doctors to practice medicine in Australia.

These are set by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Medical Board of Australia.

You can learn more about AHPRA’s requirements here and the registration pathways available for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) here.

Or to make life even easier, you can contact HRA – read on!

Contact Health Recruitment Australia today

There’s a lot to think consider when working in a new country.

Overseas doctors adept at maximising their efficiency and productivity tend to make the transition so much smoother.

If you are thinking about making the move to Australia and wondering how to get started, partnering with a highly successful recruitment agency is one of the smartest and time-saving decisions you can make.

That’s where Health Recruitment Australia comes in.

HRA are experts in placing overseas doctors of all ages with the right clinics in Australia.

There is a significant GP shortage and high demand for doctors in Australia right now.

It has opened up multiple opportunities for doctors keen to make the move and enjoy all the benefits that working in Australia has to offer.

If you’re one of the thousands of doctors considering emigrating to Australia, let HRA do the heavy lifting for you.

You’ll be supported every step of the way from the initial application process, all the way through to your first day on the job.

We’ll talk with you to help you land in the right city, area, and practice that works for you.

And we’ll answer all of your questions, to help put your mind at ease and make your move as seamless as possible.

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

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