Salary, Lifestyle and Work life balance for GPs in Australia
Working in Australia as a general practitioner is even easier now with the new RACGP specialist pathway into general practice. In short, if you are an UK trained doctor, you can apply for ad eundem Fellowship of the Australian College. In most cases, after a twelve-month mentoring period, you will be a full fellow of the college. RACGP has developed a self assessment tool to check whether your overseas qualification qualifies you to get Fellowship with RACGP. Here is the link : http://www.racgp.org.au/becomingagp/imgaus/pathway-self-assessment/
A General Practitioner earns an average salary of AU$120,578 every year. The vast majority of this employment proceed onward to different positions following 20 years in this vocation. Ability in Family Practice is related to high pay for this occupation.
The Australian Medical Council is responsible for the initial assessment and documentation process to get started as a GP in Australia. There are some documents which will need to be provided, as well as a verification process for your academic qualifications.
When you initiate, your head will most likely be swimming with forms and regulations, so it is a good idea to get in contact with a medical recruitment agency to discuss your options. A good recruitment agent can manage the entire application process on your behalf, so you can concentrate on the where and when of starting your new job. Recruitment agencies charge heavy amount to medical practices in Australia to find a suitable GPs. There is another option for overseas doctors to find GP jobs in Australia. There are some reputable GP job board sites in Australia listing authenticate GP jobs in Australia. You can apply for GP positions in various parts of Australia directly through these job boards and may well receive an interview if you are eligible. It is also a good option for medical practices to advertise GP job at a nominal cost and receive some good response from doctors within and outside Australia.
There are some restrictions as to the location for overseas trained doctors, for example, you will most likely not be permitted to work in a major metropolitan area – however, will be eligible to work in many affected regional and rural areas of Australia.
About working conditions in Australia
* All Australian citizens and most permanent residents covered by the Medicare system, a taxpayer-funded public health care program.
* General practitioners bill per consultation on a “fee for service” basis, and many bills according to the price set by the government (this is called “Bulk Billing”). However, GPs are permitted to charge above the mandated rate – with their patients responsible for the ‘gap’ payment.
* GP/Family Physician salaries in Australia range between 50-75% of their billings, and paid to you as an independent contractor. There are some arrangements where you are a retained employee of the clinic on a fixed salary.
* The actual annual income ranges from location to location, but a good guide would be between AUD $150,000 and $300,000 per annum. Some established GPs in regional areas make up to $600-$800k p.a.
* As a contractor, you will be responsible for your annual leave, which is four weeks per year, taxation, and superannuation (pension fund). The practice you work with will often assist you with these considerations, as well as manage the administrative aspects of the medical clinic.
* The working hours for a general practitioner are between eight and twelve hours per day, three to five days per week. You may be on call after hours, or on weekends in turn with other doctors in practice.
* As a general practitioner, you may also have the opportunity to provide services to local hospitals in specialist areas such as anesthetics, obstetrics, and gynecology. depend on your skills, experience, and qualifications.
UK GPs are battling with a wellbeing framework. Not fit for a reason and confronting swinging cuts in their benefits will look somewhere else. and given the amount Australia has letting it all out, it is not astonishing that it has turned into their first decision goal when searching for GP jobs abroad.