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Top activities for overseas doctors new to Australia

Are you a GP new to Australia and not sure where to start? Or maybe you are considering the move and want to know how to find community?

Australia is a land of wide open spaces, abundant opportunities and endless ways to spend your down time.

A better work-life balance is probably one of the main reasons you are considering the move.

So start by thinking about what activities you enjoy.

But if you’re still unsure about how to get started, the following list should help kickstart your adventure!

Explore the local area

When you are new to Australia, you should start by familiarising yourself with your new surroundings.

The best way to do that is on foot.

Whether you are living in a city high-rise, near the beach or in a remote area, hit the local laneways, bike tracks and walking trails to best take in your new home.

It’s the ideal way to fully appreciate all the cafes, parks, beaches, local landmarks, cultural and natural beauty that your new home has to offer.

Join social groups and clubs

Think about what you like doing and join the local club!

Australia is full of clubs, groups and recreational organisations that bring like-minded people together.

It might be cycling, cricket, golf, cooking, photography, arts and crafts, just about anything.

It’s a great way to meet people with similar interests in your new homeland.

Jump online if you are unsure about where to start looking.

Attend cultural events and festivals

Australia’s cities and towns hold festivals of all kinds and the next one is only a weekend away.

They celebrate everything from culture, music, cars, food and art.

Often, they focus of more obtuse pursuits and obsessions such as The Parkes Elvis Festival and Boorowa’s Irish Woolfest and its ‘Running of the Sheep’.

Try local cuisine

Australia’s cuisine is a melting pot of the ethnicities which have come to its shores.

Quality local seafood and world class steaks are perhaps the most ‘Australian’ offerings.

Vegemite is the great Australian breakfast spread.

A chicken parmy (parmigiana) is a classic Aussie pub feed. You might even find grilled kangaroo, straight off the national coat of arms.

Traditional meat pies are typically Australian and in South Australia, you will occasionally find them turned upside down in a sea of pea soup known as a ‘pie floater’.

Ask for a chiko roll at your local fish and chips shop, grab some Tim Tams at the supermarket and buy a lamington at your local bakery.

Outdoor activities

Australia is known for the great outdoors so get outside and enjoy the sunshine!

It is probably no small part of the reason you were attracted to the country in the first place.

Whether it’s surfing, snorkelling, bushwalking, cycling or picnicking, there are endless opportunities to enjoy the fresh air and stay fit as well.

It is great for your mind, body and the perfect way to explore if you are new to Australia.

Weekend getaways

Australia is a vast land.

It generally takes a full day of driving to travel from one capital city to the next closest one.

If you’re in Perth, make that three.

Australia’s countryside is littered with interesting towns, historical landmarks, rivers, hiking trails and opportunities for adventure.

Whether you want to stay in a hotel, motel, caravan park, camp or glamp, there are countless ways to enjoy Australia’s national parks, wine regions and spectacular coastline.

Attend sporting events

Australia is sports crazy so you may as well pick a team and get involved.

It may be Australian football, rugby league or union, cricket, soccer or basketball.

But if you embrace Australians’ passion for sport, you’ll make new friends and never run out of conversation at the water cooler.

Cultural immersion

You won’t have to look far to begin learning about the culture, history and traditions of the Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islander people.

And it will help you achieve a greater understanding of the issues they face, which will be invaluable in your role as a GP.

Make local friends

Extend a friendly hand and build relationships with neighbours, local residents and work colleagues.

It will quickly help foster a sense of connection and belonging within your home and work community.

And it may lead to invitations for new experiences.

Consider joining community events, social gatherings and volunteering for activities that help you meet new people and build meaningful relationships.

Contact Health Recruitment Australia today

It is never easy moving halfway across the world and starting your life afresh.

But by taking a positive approach to your new venture, you can quickly build networks of relationships that help replace the old ones you are leaving behind.

Health Recruitment Australia (HRA) is a dedicated recruitment agency that specialises in connecting overseas doctors of all ages with clinics who are crying out for experienced GPs in Australia.

There are multiple opportunities available for doctors interested in living and working in Australia and taking advantage of everything this great country has to offer.

HRA will work closely with you to find the right city, region and practice.

That way, you can hit the ground running and begin your great Australian dream.

We’ll answer all of your questions, taking the stress out of your big move to ensure it is as pain-free as possible.

And we’ll take care of all that dreaded paperwork for you so you can begin your Aussie adventure in record time.

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

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