My Australian dilemma

The decision to move to Australia is a big one, and whether impulsive or meticulously planned, the early part is exciting. You move to a new country on other side of the world with its own rich and diverse culture, where the pace of life slows down to laid back relaxation and you get a cheerful ‘G’day mate’ from the locals. The lifestyle is outdoorsy and it goes without saying that the weather is better; I haven’t seen frost in 2 years now! Working here is great too. You have control over your day, virtually no paperwork, the money is better and stress is less.

There is an initial honeymoon period, but then the dilemma kicks in. Although life is easy, you feel like you are in a bubble. Totally separated from the rest of the world. So how long do you stay in this bubble of contentment? And where do you call home?

Option A, I could stay a whole lifetime! But that means being cut off from friends and family. That’s difficult for an only child like me. You also have to change your ideas of holidays. I used to love city breaks to Europe and winter skiing. Here, you can fly 5 hours and still be inside Australia. And apart from a handful of Australian cities, all holidays are long haul.

Ok then, so I’ll just move back to the UK. But that means leaving a lovely, easy way of life, to return to the NHS where the GPs are working crazy hours, with ever increasing demands for guaranteed reducing salaries. And when the pressure gets too much, the GMC tells you to man up and be resilient. Oh, and you have to dig your car out of the snow in the morning. No thanks!

So I’m on the fence. I want my nice job and easy lifestyle in the sun, and I want to be close to my lovely friends and family. I have to make a hard choice; that’s the Australian dilemma.

Lindsay Moran

A sessional GP from the UK working in Melbourne.

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  1. Christine paterson
    I had exactly the same dilemma after 18 Years in NZ/oz. I missed being in Europe with all the cultures at my fingertips. For me a decided as I was a locum anyway to locum across three countries instead of two. I can live on the money i make by doing a total of 25 weeks a year.That means I live where I want and since I specialised in rural Locums and therefore almost always worked away from home for up to 12 weeks at a time. I just travel further for the locums . Just now we live in UK . But next year we are going to live in NZ for a year -cos all the family miss it . I realised that Locuming gave me the freedom to work anywhere and live anywhere . And I don't have to live and locum in the same country. It's about widening your Horizons . It's not about "either- or" but working out how to have it all!!!

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