Working in the Australian Outback


Sarah Peddie

On our website we have jobs that are available in rural Australia, if you are thinking about moving down under to work in these rural areas in the outback but need some more information then you have come to the right place. 

In this article, we will be looking at what it is like for a doctor to work in the Outback, opportunities for medical professionals and the lifestyle people typically lead in the rural areas of Australia.

The Australian Outback takes up a huge part of Australia - it is considered to be the places that are outside the urban areas. It is probably not what you think living in the Outback as it is not all just desert. There are small towns scattered around the coast that are considered to be in the outback which are in need of medical staff. 


There are more than plenty of opportunities for medical professionals to find a job in the rural areas of Australia. Doctors are actually encouraged to go and work in rural parts of the country as there is a shortage. 

This led to the Australian government creating a programme called the ‘More Doctors for Rural Australia Program’ - this is a placement scheme where doctors get support and training towards joining a college Fellowship program to become vocationally recognised. This helps student doctors and also rural hospitals as it tallies up more staff.

What it’s like working in the Outback

A lot of people may have the idea in their head that living and working in the Outback involves small deserted towns with tiny populations surrounded by cows and kangaroos - but living in rural areas in Australia are quite the opposite. 

Rural cities have large populations, modern shopping centres, airports, sports venues and music festivals. These make great places to work and live - not to mention very affordable. 

When working in a smaller rural hospital many medical professionals (especially GPs) may need to develop a wider range of skills and work with patients outside your skill set which will give you many more opportunities compared to working in an urban hospital. 


When living in rural Australia you can experience nature in first person - you can always experience the best of Australian nature in the rural parts. The best places to live and experience nature at its finest would be in Bunbury, Busselton and Cairns. 

You can have the best of both worlds when living in rural areas in Australia - the few cities in these areas like MacKay has a population of 125,000 and offers a good selection of restaurants, boutiques and a water park. A city like this is also close to rainforests, small islands and the Great Barrier Reef. 

It is overall a better quality of life - everything is very affordable which means that your salary will go further than it would in an urban city. You can buy a big house and enjoy the finer things in life whilst spending more time with your family.

If you are thinking about moving to rural Australia for a new life then register with Odyssey Recruitment today and we could help make the move possible.