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GPs made redundant
Have you been made redundant as a GP?

GP redundancies should be uncommon in Australia.

Australia is a country in desperate need of more doctors, not fewer.

But the rising cost of living is hitting all businesses hard and medical clinics are no exception.

A new payroll tax poised for introduction in 2024 will specifically target these clinics and is likely to put more pressure on the profession.

Redundancies are already happening in the UK, triggered by a rise in telehealth appointments and the appointment of less accomplished medicos.

Doctors working in government health departments are also at risk.

All these factors could see more General Practitioners made redundant in Australia.

But with a little foresight, planning and a cool head, it doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Some GPs may have a redundancy offered to them rather than imposed upon them.

For doctors who find themselves in this position, it is important to act calmly and wisely.

GP redundancy: How doctors should respond

Take your time

Just like anyone, GPs made redundant normally face quite a shock.

Give yourself time to accept the decision and fully process your emotions.

They may include feelings of disappointment, anger or uncertainty and are likely to vary depending on your age.

When the dust begins to settle, you can start thinking a little more clinically.

Assess your redundancy package

Australian federal laws govern the size of redundancy packages based around years of service.

Crucially, they will not apply to sole traders and are normally not payable by small businesses with fewer than 15 employees.

If you are facing a redundancy, it pays to closely examine the size of the package on offer as well as the notice and terms you have been given.

It is wise to seek legal advice to ensure your rights are protected.

You may also wish to engage a tax accountant to ensure you minimise your tax obligations.

Assess your skills and experience

Now that you have processed the news or offer, it’s time to get to work.

Think about your lifestyle goals – that is what you want from the rest of your career, how it balances up against your desired lifestyle and how you intend to achieve it.

Then start assessing your skills, thinking objectively about your career and achievements.

Were you a prime candidate for a redundancy or a victim of circumstance?

Think about ways you can improve as a GP to make yourself move valuable and irreplaceable to a business.

These may include:

  • your clinical expertise
  • communication skills
  • ability to show empathy
  • leadership abilities
  • special interests in medicine
  • specialised training 
  • other medical qualifications

If you’re not certain about some of the above, seek the candid opinions of trusted colleagues for some honest feedback.

Explore new opportunities

Redundancies give people the opportunity to make a career shift they may not have otherwise considered.

Use it wisely, reflecting on what you have done and what you would like to achieve going forward.

Consider GP roles in different settings that may be better suited to your lifestyle, family, financial and career goals.

You may want to think about the flexibility and greater rewards of working in a practice with a more accommodating set of hours or maybe accept a role in a rural setting where the pace is slower and the pay often higher.

Update your CV and professional profile

Now you have thought about what you want from the next phase of your career, it’s time to make it happen.

Update your CV, highlighting your skills, experience and achievements.

Be sure to tailor your CV toward each job you apply for rather than sending them a generic one.

Emphasise relevant qualifications and experiences that align with each particular role.

Don’t forget your LinkedIn profile and any other relevant online profiles – they represent a free hit at finding a new position.

Network and build relationships

If you have been good at networking and building relationships, you have already been preparing for this day should it eventuate.

If not, it is never too late.

Attend industry functions, conferences and casual opportunities where you could potentially connect with your next employer.

It is a great way of tapping into the “hidden job market”.

Don’t be backward about your current status and interest in finding a new role.

Reach out to colleagues, mentors and professional contacts within your circle for support and advice.

Consider additional training

Ask yourself if additional education or training will enhance your prospects of finding a new role.

If that answer is yes, get to it!

Explore opportunities for CME (continuing medical education), specialty training or advanced certifications that align with your interests and career goals.

It can significantly increase your expertise and marketability when seeking a new position.

Maintain a positive mindset

Resilience is an asset most doctors already have although few would expect to need it while seeking a new job.

Stay positive and understand redundancy is not a reflection of your worth but rather an opportunity for growth and renewal.

Around one in four Australians will experience at least one redundancy during their career.

But it can be a good thing – even a blessing.

If new employment is quickly found, it can also significantly increase wealth.

Importantly talk to an experienced medical recruiter

While the support of peers, family and friends is vital for GPs made redundant, their most important contact is an experienced medical recruiter. 

These professional recruiters can not only provide valuable advice regarding how to deal with redundancy but they specialise in finding doctors new positions.

Health Recruitment Australia (HRA) is a dedicated recruitment agency that does just that, connecting doctors of all ages, especially overseas doctors, with Australian hiring clinics.

Many of these clinics are crying out for experienced GPs.

We always have multiple opportunities on our books for GPs seeking opportunities in Australia.

We will work closely with you to find the right city, region and practice so you can return to work, refreshed and reinvigorated.

Or if you are looking to emigrate, 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 handle that mountain of paperwork so you can hit the ground running 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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