At a Glance...Australia

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Fraser Clarke

It can be difficult to know where to start when planning a move overseas, especially if you aren’t fully sure where your future could lie. 

That’s why our latest Odyssey Exclusive series ‘At a Glance’ will help give you a quick overview of each location we work with, to help you decide if a move to the country could be worth pursuing.

Article One - Australia

Where is it?

Australia is located more than 9,000 miles from the United Kingdom in Oceania. The country itself dominates the continent, with only New Zealand vaguely comparable in terms of size and lifestyle.

Travel time from London to Sydney is around 22 hours - with a stop over, whilst even visiting relatively close neighbours like Malaysia can take over eight hours on a flight.

How is Healthcare Structured?

The healthcare system in Australia is split into public and private facilities - just like it is in the United Kingdom. The public system is funded by a combination of the government  - who dedicate 9.4% of the country's total GDP to it (a figure fractionally greater than the that of the UK) - and the people of the country, who contribute through a 2% levy known as ‘Medisave’ on their income.

This combination ensures that the publicly funded healthcare system in Australia is financially secure. Incentives are also in place to encourage the use of the private system and ensure that the state system does not find itself overrun and underfunded.

Perhaps the most notable of these incentives is the Private Health Insurance Rebate (PHIR). Under this scheme ‘Medicare’ makes a contribution towards your healthcare costs based on your earnings and age. The percentage increases as you get older, and decreases as you earn more ensuring that it helps out those who are most in need.

PHIR allows the healthcare system to focus more on the quality of care it provides instead of the quantity of patients who pass through the doors. It ensures that, unlike the NHS, the state system is not overworked, creating a far less stressful working environment for medics.

What will I need?

The criteria will change on a job-by-job basis, but most employers will look for the following:

  • A medical degree from a WHO approved medical school
  • Completion of Residency in a Western country (UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa)
  • CCT or equivalent
  • A clean medical license
  • Fluency in English
  • A clean criminal record

What are the positives?

  • Australia’s healthy work/life balance is envied worldwide
  • A well organised, financed and structured healthcare system
  • Little culture shock for Westerners, especially from the UK/US and Canada
  • It can be more financially rewarding, with better basic salaries
  • Good job security
  • The country is naturally stunning
  • An active lifestyle is promoted and easy to maintain thanks to great weather and plenty of sports facilities

What are the negatives?

  • Australia can feel extremely remote, with few countries nearby
  • Even travelling internally can be extremely time consuming
  • Salaries aren’t as high as in the Gulf
  • Food and utility bills are higher than in Europe

Current Opportunities

We’ve got a few openings in Australia, here are some of the best.

General Practioner

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Director of Emegency Medicine