Melbourne sunnyside up

28th June 2014 by NASGP

Melbourne sunnyside up

Lindsay was locuming in the UK, when she was given the opportunity to work in Australia for a few years.

I started work in Melbourne, Australia, in December 2013. Prior that I had worked as a locum and salaried GP in Leeds since 2010, taught at Leeds University and worked with the RCGP First5 team. When my boyfriend was offered a job in Melbourne, not knowing anything about it, I turned to Google. It sounded great!….the world’s most liveable city! GP pay significantly higher. Good work/life balance, lots of sunshine, so I thought, why not?!

Admittedly, at the time, I was becoming increasingly frustrated with UK general practice for many of the reasons that I saw in others’ frustration – the demand, poor media coverage, paperwork, QoF requirements… and so forth! So I was willing for the change.

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The team is absolutely amazing especially Dr Richard Fieldhouse, Ali Lewis and Jacqui Gumbrell – all providing unbelievable support to us. I've never seen such urgent assistance from any other team at any point in my career. For example when one of my invoices was delayed by a month and a half, Ali was incredibly supportive. It is a very good strength for us as we have support with any issues. I would like to stay with this amazing team forever. God bless them!"

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