A recent report from the Department of Health has determined that WA is already 500 GPs short of what it needs to care for its population. However, if we look at our future trends we can see that more than 640 GPs are expected to leave the workforce by 2021, including over 100 in rural practices, which means that by 2025 will see the state short by 975 GPs!
WA has a “critical shortage” of GPs that is set to worsen. This subject has become a hot topic in the media due to the report findings which highlight several key issues. One of which is that the median age of GPs in Western Australia is 55 so many are looking at retirement or reducing hours. Another factors are that doctors are now wanting to work fewer hours, taking on a healthier work/life balance.
What this means is that WA now needs two replacement GPs for every retiring doctor as well as GPs to cover the gaps in hours.
This creates a wave of opportunity for GPs considering a move to Australia.
Apart from being a great place to work, there are many advantages that Perth as a big city can offer, with great facilities and a cultural scene, that is also small and friendly. With a population of 2 million, less than half of Sydney, it doesn’t feel crowded. Many people can afford larger homes in the suburbs which are well-linked to the CBD by train. Rent and house prices are lower than any of the larger cities on the East Coast.
Most of Australia is sunny, but it’s Perth that wins the honour for the sunniest city. With 3,200 hours of sunshine a year, it’s a sunny and cheerful place to live. From huge areas of bushland, to beautiful beaches, there’s a great balance between the city and the outdoors. You can choose from a wide range of locations, whether you want to live by the coast, the river or more rural, you will still only be a short and easy commute to work.
If you’re a GP and seriously thinking about a move to Australia, then Western Australia could be an excellent choice. With your skills in demand and a job guaranteed plus facilities that rival those in Melbourne and Sydney, it’s an ideal choice.