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Looking for your next Rural Locum?

Step into a rural locum for your next GP job. We manage the paperwork, negotiate the best rates, book your travel + accommodation, and offer you a premium service... all free.

  • Exceptional GP VMO locum rates
  • Flexible contracts & start dates
  • Short, long-term & ongoing locums
  • Choose from GP, GP ED, Hospital or AMS

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Heeding the call of Rural Life?

We have a large network of contacts, giving doctors unprecedented access to permanent rural generalist jobs and rural gp jobs across Australia.

  • Attractive salary packages
  • VR GP and Non-VR GP
  • Flexible part-time and full-time contracts
  • Coastal, outback & country locations

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Locum rates for Rural Generalists

Rural generalists command higher locum rates compared to GPs in metropolitan areas. This is a guide, we can often advocate on your behalf for higher rates and there is always room to move with flexible dates. 


Rural Generalists

GP Procedural Work (Eg Obstetrics, Anesthesia)


$2,000-$2,500 per day

$2,000-$2,500 per day


$1,800 - $2,500 per day

$2,000 per day


$2,000 per day

$2,200 per day


$2,000 per day

$2,000 - $2,100 per day


$1,800 - $2,000 per day

$2,200 per day


$2,000-$2,500 per day

$2,000-$2,500 per day


$1,500 per day

$1,500 per day

The benefits of working as a rural GP

Rural medicine is an exciting and stimulating career choice where no two days are the same. Often the backbone of smaller rural and remote communities, rural generalists require a broader scope of practice to tackle the unique presentations they encounter.

Working as a rural generalist, you will benefit from:

  • An evolving skill set and increased professional satisfaction
  • Having the skills and knowledge to deliver services in settings such as ambulatory care, home, hospital, retrieval and long-term residential care facilities
  • Functioning with a high degree of independence
  • Much higher locum rates
  • Diverse and enriching cultural experiences
  • A rare opportunity to really ‘see’ Australia without the urban lens
  • A quality of work-life balance that is unique to rural and remote environments.

Read our blog revealing the top 10 reasons to 'go rural'

Life as a Rural GP

Australians have the right to access high quality healthcare no matter where they live. Essentially, rural generalists have the skills to make this happen, delivering quality, personalised and contextual care across a range of health services and from cradle to grave.

Dr Alex John recently returned to a permanent role on Flinders Island at our Ochre Medical Centre, in partnership with the Tasmanian Health Service. He never set out to practice rural medicine, but was drawn to the hands-on experience that island medical practice offered. “Having spent several years among Australian island communities, what I’ve enjoyed the most is being able to do a bit of everything.”

Dr John Hall is a passionate rural hospital and rural GP veteran who believes there’s a certain mindset that comes with being a rural generalist. “If you're going around the hospital doing different terms like obstetrics, emergency, anesthetics, surgery, internal medicine, any of the sub specialties, and you keep saying to yourself, "I love everything about medicine. I like all the different disciplines"... It means that you've got a generalist mindset. My first foray into proper rural medicine did not disappoint. I had a busy job working as a full time hospital doctor in a medium size rural hospital. Working across the gamut of emergency care, surgery, internal medicine, outpatient work—one of the most rewarding workplaces and jobs that I've ever done.”

Dr John Hall, President of RDA, Ochre Health DMS & Rural Generalist

Ochre Recruitment has proud history of providing key rural employment opportunities for GPs, and offers the most comprehensive range of rural GP jobs in Australia.

What do I need to work as a Rural GP?

Following a state-level Rural Generalist Pathway or National Rural Generalist Pathway significantly broadens your prospects and career options as a Rural GP.

Find out more about the Pathway and where you can work as a Rural Generalist.

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