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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