I moved from the UK to Perth, Australia in 2017 for a change of scenery.
Working in Australia compared to the UK is a breath of fresh air. Patients are pleased to see me, understanding if I ran late, and I am rewarded and not penalized if I spent time with a complex patient to sort out their management. Access to pathology and radiology services is prompt, rather than a standard 6-8 week wait for an ultrasound, and access to allied health services doesn’t compare.
Alecto Australia were fantastic when it came to helping me secure a role as a GP. I didn’t know a lot about Perth and wasn’t sure where I wanted to live. Alecto were very knowledgeable about the various practices and areas in Perth and explained the processes with regards to working in a practice with a DWS exemption for overseas trained doctors. They found several options that really suited what I was looking for and helped me negotiate a good package. It was a bit hard to know what to expect with the employment contract, but they helped with all my questions.
Then when it came time to start all the paperwork for my registration Megan (their registration officer) was very helpful. I had a lot of questions, so it was good having someone who knew the process.
I admit, initially, it was a bit odd to bill patients and not provide free care at the point of need, but I soon came to value the transparency of the transaction. The integration between private and public care makes private care accessible and affordable in Australia, rather than in the UK where health care must be funded in full.
Dr Hannah McCleave
Perth, WA, Australia