In our industry, there are so many misconceptions about working rurally and sometimes these misconceptions get in the way of securing a potentially perfect job offer.
Our team want to unravel the most common misconceptions to give you further insight into the benefits of working rurally as a General Practitioner.
MY EARNING POTENTIAL WILL BE REDUCED
Working rurally often has the potential for you to earn significantly more money. According to NSW Rural Doctors Network, General Practitioners working in outer regional, rural and remote Australia at 11.5% higher than GPs working in major cities.
In addition to potential earnings, practices who are genuinely seeking another GP will sometimes offer incentives and assistance with the transition to rural practice.
OTHER FINANCIAL INCENTIVES
- General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GRIP) https://www.humanservices.gov.au/organisations/health-professionals/services/medicare/general-practice-rural-incentives-program.
- Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP)
- Transition Grants, CPD Vouchers and Clinical Orientation Grants provided by 3GA Programs. As an example, NSW Rural Doctors Network offer Transition Grants of up to $5,000.00 and CPD Vouchers of up to $500.00 (depending on MMM location) https://www.nswrdn.com.au/site/index.cfm?display=427816
- Practice Incentives Program (PIP) is also available https://www.humanservices.gov.au/organisations/health-professionals/services/medicare/practice-incentives-program
If you’re eligible to apply for an additional incentive, your practice can help you through this process. Alternatively, our DocuHelp team can help you & your practice.
MY FAMILY AND I WON’T BE ACCEPTED
It is a common fear with our IMG community that their family will be outcast. It is important to consider this when accepting a role and address it with the practice. There may be communities in Australia where it may be more difficult to integrate but the vast majority of communities are happy to have a Doctor and will go out of their way to support your transition. Equally, it is up to you to make an effort to join the community. This will not only help you make friends, but it will help you network as a Doctor to grow your patient base.
A few suggestions
- Local sporting groups
- Local hobby groups
- Join the local church (of your religion- if relevant!)
- Be a part of the school functions (if you have kids)
- Offer Aged Care Facility services
Your practice will be able to offer more suggestions, help you connect with the local real estate and with local schools.
INADEQUATE RESOURCES AND FACILITIES IN RURAL LOCATIONS
Many of our Doctors feels that there will be inadequate schooling, poor shopping options and poor job options in rural areas. It’s important to note that ‘rural’ has a wide definition via DoctorConnect – for example, Mackay is defined as rural however; it has some of the most diverse religious options, local university campus and a wide variety of both Private and Public school options. The shopping is pretty good too, plus it’s under 2 hours to Airlie (if you’re a beach person).
It’s important to keep an open mind and identify what is most important to you. Once you know what that is, research areas to ensure you and your family are having their needs met.
SCHOOLING FOR MY CHILDREN WON’T BE AVAILABLE
Did you know there is a rural location in NSW where their local public school outshone every private school in the state?
Unless there is a very specific school you want your kids to go to, don’t sell our regional schools short. It’s worth doing your research by asking to see exam results from prior years, where prior students have ended up & assess the level of schools.
THE FEAR OF BEING ISOLATED AND WITHOUT SUPPORT:
This is being addressed right now. The PEP program is being initiated to ensure any Doctor working without Fellowship has access to resources.
It is also up to you to assess the practice where you are going to ensure you’ll have access to a mentor- if not onsite then someone you can contact to ask questions and get guidance when needed.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU:
It is important to take initiative- but sometimes finding your starting point is difficult. Our team help Doctors understand their pathway to Fellowship & can talk through the challenges & benefits of any job offer. Contact us directly on [email protected].
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People Medical Consulting are a team of professionals with a passion for guiding those specialising in the Medical industry to find their career pathway and settle into Australia. Working with both Australian trained and Overseas trained professionals, we have extensive experience in Recruitment of General Practitioners and Document Assistance for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemptions.