Locum Tenens

Locum Tenens work in Australia is an answer to medical professionals not sure of where they should live and work when first arriving.

You may wish to experience the climate and the people first hand before you make a chosen career builder move.

It will give you a chance to visit and work in areas from the mining fields of Western Australia through to the east coast of Australia’s rural areas, not to mention visiting all the major cities that may interest you.

Wherever you decide we can provide candidates with a range of experiences, with minimum hassle, and make locum work a positive and rewarding experience- both professionally and financially.

Locum Tenens register with us and find the best paid locums opportunities in Australia through our partnership program.

Support for rural doctors in Australia

The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) has welcomed Federal Government funding to expand a highly successful program that has been providing much-needed locum assistance to rural obstetricians since 2006…and will now also assist rural anaesthetists.

Formerly known as the Specialist Obstetrician Locum Scheme (SOLS), the program has been facilitating the provision of subsidised locum assistance to overworked rural GP and specialist obstetricians, to enable them to have crucial time-off for recreation or up skilling.

But under its new name and with additional funding, the Rural Obstetric and Anaesthetic Locum Scheme (ROALS) will now also facilitate locum assistance for rural GP and specialist anaesthetists.

Some of the Advantages and disadvantages for Locum Tenens

Locum tenens provide a ready means for Hospitals, medical centres and government departments to fill positions that are either only temporarily empty (during sickness, leave or for other reasons) or for which no long-term funding is available.   Locum work often pays a bonus levy that full time physicians may envy.

Locum work allows a professional to try (and get experienced in) a wide range of work environments or specialisation fields which a permanent employee may not encounter.

However, the locum situation also has a number of disadvantages – the transient nature means extra stress and work for the locums whenever they have to fit into a new position and for the hiring organisation, this generally means that the required flexibility (and often, the lack of a guaranteed income) has to be rewarded with high salaries.

These may in the long term create higher costs for the hiring organisation than adding more full-time positions (especially in highly-skilled, accredited professions, and unlike the situation in some professions where cheap temporary labour or significant use of Interns actually undercuts wages and reduces total staff costs).

Also, and especially true in professions where knowing all procedures and past case histories is important (such as for doctors working on patients, who may dislike not being treated by their own doctor, or by constantly shifting doctors)  locums may provide lesser-quality work (or be seen as posing such a risk, fairly or not).   Further, locums often experience resentment from permanent staff, for example because they are paid more, or because they are considered to shoulder less responsibility.

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