GP Locum Jobs in Australia

GP locum jobs in Australia are diverse and interesting, ranging from positions in metropolitan GP clinics to positions for GPs with skills in Emergency (ALS or equivalent), Obstetrics (DRANZCOG) and Anaesthesia (JCCA) required in rural remote and outback locations.

As a GP providing comprehensive primary health care in Australia you have the opportunity to engage with clients across all sectors of society, provide continuity of care as a permanent GP, or crucial cover as a locum where your skills are truly appreciated. The GP locum job environment in Australia will utilise and extend your skills as a General Practitioner.

Doctors working in GP locum jobs have a clinical independence with reasonable appointment times and paper work levels. You’ll find you have the time to deliver an excellent level of care to your patients. There is a strong emphasis on supportive and collegial practice and dedication to ongoing education and upskilling. As a result there is an excellent standard of clinical practice and career advancement which plays a part in further improving health outcomes.

 

General Practitioner

What do they do?

GPs don’t generally have any on-call or after hours work, although occasionally they may work on the weekends. They generally have two practice sessions per day, and they may or may not be the solo doctor within the medical practice. Practice billings can be bulk, private or mixed billing, and a GP will generally consult Cat 4 and Cat 5 patients, and will need the ability to stabilise patients if required. They may be supported by a practice nurse and allied health. Depending on the practice doctors are expected to see anywhere from 4-6 patients per hour. It’s a big advantage for a doctor working in a GP locum job to understand the Australian Medicare system, as well as Care Plans and the Specialist Referral System. Depending on the location, Emergency Department skills/knowledge may be required – e.g. if the work is in a remote or rural location and relies on RFDS for evacuation. Daily rates for GPs range from $1,000 – $1,500 per day worked. Often a percentage of billings will be offered if greater. Doctors can claim rural retention grant of $7,000 per year if a number of locum weeks are worked per annum in rural locations.

Education requirements

  • Fellowships through the Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the RACGP (FRACGP); these Fellowships are maintained through CPD training including the Clinical Emergency Management Program CEMP.

 

General Practitioner – Hospital

What do they do?

Hospital GPs are based in Medical Practices with generally two practice sessions a day. Depending upon location doctors may be solo, on-call or in a rotational roster. They’re usually required to cover inpatients, outpatients and occasionally ward rounds, as well as consulting a full range of presentations from Cat 5 to Cat 1 (there are good evacuation procedures in place for rural locations). Hospital GPs may be supported by a practice nurse and allied health. Depending on the practice, doctors are expected to see minimum 4 patients per hour (up to 6 in some practices). It’s an advantage for a Hospital doctor working in a GP-Hospital locum job to understand the Australian Medicare system, as well as Care Plans and the Specialist Referral System. Most clients cover doctors’ medical indemnity in the hospital for public patients. Pay is typically on a ‘daily rate’ basis (practice billings can be bulk, private or mixed billing), with daily rates ranging from $1,500 – $2,000 per day. In addition hospital GPs can claim various rural retention grants each year, if a number of locum weeks are worked per annum in rural locations involving emergency work.

Education requirements and work experience

  • Fellowships through the Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP); these Fellowships are maintained through CPD training
  • Doctors must have recent experience in Emergency setting including:
  1. Have worked in a recognised emergency department in the last 2 years
  2. Successfully completed at least one current emergency course such as ALS, EMST, CEMP (Advanced) or REST
  3. 2 references verifying ability to work in an emergency setting

 

General Practitioner Obstetrics &/ or General Practitioner Anaesthetics

What do they do?

These GPs may be hospital based (working in shifts) or clinic based working as a solo on call or shared on call depending on the location. Depending on location presentations may be from Cat 1 to Cat 5 covering medicine practiced in family, chronic, acute, indigenous and walk-in care etc. These GPs may be supported by a practice nurse and allied health. Depending on the practice, doctors are expected to see minimum 4 patients per hour (up to 6 in some practices). It is preferable for a doctor working in a GP locum job to understand the Australian Medicare system, as well as Care Plans and the Specialist Referral System. Most clients cover doctors’ medical indemnity in the hospital for public patients. Pay is typically on a ‘daily rate’ basis (practice billings can be bulk, private or mixed billing – some hospital locations may accept refer and request provider numbers), with daily rates ranging from $2,000 – $2,300 per day. Various rural retention grants may be claimed each year, if a number of locum weeks are worked per annum in rural locations. For procedural Obstetrics DRANZCOG required, although Caesar is not always a requirement. An obstetrics logbook is desirable. JCCA is required for GP Anaesthetists, as clients typically have Anaesthetist theatre lists – logbooks desirable.

Education and work experience requirements

  • GP Anaesthetists will typically hold a Fellowship throught the Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine (ACRRM) or Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP). Anaesthetics skills are then maintained within these and suitable doctors are awarded their membership to the Joint Consultative Committee on Anaesthesia (JCCA) – in association with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA)
  • GP Obstetricians will typically hold an Advanced Diploma with the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologists (Advances DRANZCOG)
  • Typically for GP Anaesthetists and GP Obstetricians, they will also have recent experience in Emergency setting including:
  1. Having worked in a recognised emergency department in the last 2 years, and ideally 1 reference verifying ability to work in an emergency setting
  2. Recent experience in Anaesthetics and the requirement to keep a logbook, demonstrating lists / theatre experience in the past 12 – 24 months
  3. At least one current emergency course such as ALS, EMST, CEMP (Advanced) or REST
  • Can claim various rural retention grants each year, if a number of locum weeks are worked per annum in rural locations.
GP Locum Jobs - AHPRA

Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency

AHPRA manages the registration and renewal processes for health practitioners and students around Australia. To learn more click here.

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GP Locum Jobs - RACGP

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

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GPs don’t generally have any on-call or after hours work, although occasionally they may work on the weekends. They generally have two practice sessions per day, and they may or may not be the solo doctor within the medical practice.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (DRANZCOG)

To learn more about the Diploma of the RANZCOG (DRANZCOG) click here.

GP Locum Jobs - ACCRM

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)

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“Healthcare in remote Australia is a challenging environment to work in. Despite these difficulties Stuart and the team at Ochre work hard to smooth over any rough patches that may appear!”

Dr. Andrew Humphrey

General Practitioner - Hospital

GP Locum Jobs - ANZCA

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA)

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