Australian medical clinics and recruiters are reporting a significant rise in applications and inquiries from UK GPs hoping to move down under.
Health Recruitment Australia managing director Gemma Gough said while pay was a big issue, the doctors her agency was talking to were also prioritising lifestyle.
‘It is very hard for the UK to compete with Australia on that. Having made the move myself, there is no denying that there are challenges moving across the world, but there are absolutely no regrets – Australia is a great place to build a career, grow a family and create a life worth living.’
Ms Gough said while it was disappointing to see the challenges facing the UK health system, Australian clinics and hospitals were eager to satisfy their own urgent needs for qualified doctors.
‘Australia also has a huge shortage of doctors and the reality is that clinics and hospitals have to search overseas for GPs to meet the growing demand of their local communities.’