Top 5 Tips for Locum GPs

By , Melinda McCarthy published on 17/11/2020 Locum work,

With the summer holidays fast approaching and many doctors taking time off to spend with their families, the demand for locum doctors skyrockets. This gives General Practitioners who want to take a working holiday and earn high rates an opportunity to do just that.

And with the borders opening back up, now is the perfect time to make a bucket list of your favourite destinations and get in touch with the Ochre team so we can help you get to where you want to go.

We’d like to share some of our top tips for GPs who may be considering locum work.

1. Be ready for any situation

You’re the type of person that thrives on instinct and thinking on your feet. Remember, anything that can happen usually does.

2. Be flexible

List a number of locations you’d like to work in. Don’t limit yourself to one state or region, otherwise you’ll not get to experience the full gamut of destinations and experiences.

3. Be organised

Plan ahead. We suggest you look a month or two ahead so you do get your first preference in your desired location.

4. Use a single agency

When you find a consultant that understands your locum goals, working exclusively will guarantee you get a premium service, every day. You’ll have first dibs at your preferred sites and with Ochre, you’ll benefit from our Loyalty Program.

5. Go Rural

We send locum doctors all over Australia and New Zealand, but perhaps the most unique experience we offer is the chance to practice medicine in rural communities. Most of our general practitioners find it rewarding on both a professional and personal level.


As a GP working in Australia, you can go from an outback Indigenous community in the Northern Territory, to the tropics of Queensland, to a quintessential Australian country town, through to magical Flinders and King Islands in Tasmania.

For more insights into how you can get the most out of locum work, read our 'Locum Work Uncovered' brochure.

And don't forget, we manage all the paperwork, negotiate great rates, book your travel and accommodation, and offer you a premium service.

For a limited time, we are offering to pay the quarantine costs of all AHPRA-registered NZ doctors who can commit to a minimum of two months' locum work in Australia.

Whether you are a Family Doctor, Rural GP with procedural skills, GP ED or VMO, if you are considering locum work and you’re not already a member of our happy network of doctors, we’d love to hear from you. 

Get in touch with us today or browse our locum roles.

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