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Why Australia is attractive for senior doctors

Australia has emerged as one of the most attractive destinations for senior doctors the world over.

Junior doctors, especially from the UK, have long made Australia a priority destination seeking adventure, better pay and better conditions.

But senior General Practitioners are also appreciating the benefits the great southern land offers too.

Its rich landscapes, lively culture, relaxed lifestyle, work-life balance and advanced healthcare systems make moving down under seem like a no-brainer.

Australia is a fantastic place for senior doctors to spend the most prosperous chapters of their working careers, before moving towards an exciting and fulfilling retirement.

Let’s take a closer look at all of the reasons why. 

World class healthcare system

Australia boasts a robust and highly efficient healthcare system with modern facilities, cutting edge technologies and a commitment to providing the highest quality of patient care.

Australia’s healthcare system is ranked very highly among the best in the world across several key metrics.

  • ranked 1st among OECD countries for equity and healthcare outcomes and 3rd for overall performance, behind Norway and the Netherlands.

Work-life balance

What is the benefit of living in one of the world’s most desirable countries if you never have the time to enjoy what it has to offer?

More Australian employers acknowledge the importance of work-life balance.

This was recently underscored by one of its biggest companies, Santos, introducing a nine-day working fortnight.

Many medical facilities in Australia actively encourage work-life balance and engage with doctors to ensure that balance is observed, without compromising their professional growth.

This is particularly important for senior doctors, who usually carry more pressure and workload, and thus are more at risk of burnout.

The ability to work at a more relaxed pace may also be able to extend the careers of senior doctors, while ensuring their lifestyle needs are met as well.

Great pay and benefits

Senior doctors in Australia are very well paid and, depending on a range of factors including whether they work as an employee or Independent contractor, can also enjoy comprehensive benefits including healthcare cover and generous retirement packages.

GPs in Australia are rewarded for the experience and leadership skills that only seasoned professionals can bring to the healthcare sector.

Research and academic opportunities

Australia’s medical community places a great importance on its efforts towards research and academic pursuits.

Senior doctors will have the opportunity to engage in research collaborations and contribute to medical advancements.

They can also participate in teaching programs and lectures at renowned institutions and universities.

This offers a stimulating professional environment for those passionate about advancing medical knowledge and motivated to give something back to their vocation by nurturing the next generation of doctors.

Cultural diversity

Australia is one of the most culturally diverse and inclusive nations on the planet.

Senior doctors relocating to Australia have the opportunity to work with a broad spectrum of patients.

These patients speak many different languages and hail from a vast array of nationalities, cultures and religions.

Working in these environments can be extremely rewarding.

It also contributes to better outcomes for people with differing healthcare needs and approaches. 

Stable and safe environment

Australia is one of the safest and most politically stable countries in the western world.

In 2022, it was ranked 31st in the world, ahead of the UK (68th) and the USA (100th).

The index is based on the likelihood of a disorderly transfer of government power, armed conflict, violent demonstrations, social unrest, international tensions and terrorism, as well as ethnic, religious or regional conflicts.

This, combined with its well established healthcare infrastructure, makes it a safe, secure and desirable destination for senior doctors.

Natural beauty

Australia offers something for everyone across its vast and spectacular girth.

Whether you seek the solitude of camping in the outback under the stars, the wonder of natural rainforests or simply lying on one its 10,000 beaches spanning more than 50,000 km of coastline, it’s all in Australia.

Relaxation and rejuvenation abounds, whether you enjoy skiing, hiking, bushwalking, riding, swimming or surfing.

Modern city lifestyle

Australia’s biggest cities are dotted around its coastline.

They are all modern meccas buzzing with vibrant arts scenes, festivals, restaurants and sporting complexes for every taste and occasion.

They are all connected by modern transport systems and infrastructure.

This allows you to soak up the peace and quiet of country life while keeping you just minutes from their CBDs.

And if you’re from the UK, you’ll almost certainly find the climate more to your liking.

Australian capitals enjoy between 2300-3200 hours of bright sunshine every year.

Ease of Immigration and Integration

Australia has a well-organised immigration system that encourages professionals such as senior doctors to relocate.

The friendly and welcoming natures of its people makes arriving in Australia a happy experience for newcomers.

It also assists with their integration into any community.

Contact HRA today

Working the balance of your career and retiring in Australia could be one of the smartest decisions you will ever make.

You’ll be able to take advantage of operating as part of a well-oiled healthcare machine.

You’ll work in a country that values the experience and knowledge of seniors doctors and rewards them accordingly.

And you can look forward to spending your sunset years exploring one of the most wondrous lands and all it has to offer.

If that sounds appealing, perhaps you should think about reaching out to Health Recruitment Australia.

HRA is a dedicated recruitment agency that specialises in matching overseas doctors of all ages with all kinds of hospitals and clinics in need of doctors in Australia.

Experienced doctors are always welcomed and held in high esteem in Australia.

If you’re one of the thousands of doctors considering emigrating down under to work, let HRA make your job easier.

We’ll help you find you the right city, area, and facility to work in.

We’ll answer all of your questions to help put your mind at ease and help make your move as pain free as possible.

We can even help with all that annoying paperwork!

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

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