The Ultimate Guide to Working in Australia as a UK Junior Doctor 🇦🇺
If you're a UK doctor considering moving to Australia, you might be daunted by the many decisions and hurdles that you'll face along the way.
Messly's mission is to help doctors like you enjoy a happy and rewarding medical career. We already support doctors with planning their dream F3 years, and finding locum work on their terms. Increasingly, we've been asked for advice and support on applying for jobs in Australia.
There's a common story: information about finding jobs, understanding grades, prepping CVs and interviews, getting registered and sorting visas is hard to find online, often confusing or outdated. So many doctors don't pursue their Australian dream...
Messly are working with a team of 15 ✨ amazing ✨ UK junior doctors who've successfully made the move to Australia, and have the scars to prove it! Together, we're creating a comprehensive set of guides to finding work and working as a doctor in Australia, to help make your move Down Under as easy as possible.
Let's get into it...
If you are still weighing up whether a move to Australia is right for you, this article breaks down the pros and cons, looking at both the professional and personal areas you should consider. We hope this will help you make an informed decision for yourself.
Read this alongside our 'To Aus or Not to Aus?' article. We cover common areas of confusion about how it feels to move out to Australia, settling in, making friends, and bust some myths along the way too.
One of the first thing to check: are you actually eligible for registration with AHPRA in Australia? For most UK doctors this is straight-forward, but there are pitfalls for some. Here we clearly explain the criteria and give some common scenarios so you can understand where you sit.
This article will help you understand the confusing translation of UK grades into Australian grades so you can have a better understanding of which jobs to apply for.
We explain the key milestones in the Australian medical training year, helping you understand when you can expect to start working in Australia and when you should start looking for jobs.
💰 Breaking down salaries for junior doctors in Australia (Coming Soon)
Not only does working in Australia give you a great lifestyle and a lower workload... you also get paid significantly more than in the NHS. This article explains how much you will earn at different grades and how your pay is calculated.
💰 Common questions on pay and in Australia (Coming Soon)
As well as a higher basic salary, in Australia you will also get paid for overtime and get significant uplifts for weekends and night shifts. Here we answer common questions on pay, taxes, payslips and doctor finances to help you understand what you might be taking home each month.
Applying for Jobs
Emailing hospitals directly? Using agencies? Annual recruitment processes?! In this detailed guide, we explain the paths to finding a job in Australia, how they each work and their pros and cons so you can kick-start your search for your dream job Down Under.
When applying for jobs in Australia, you will come across the terms Provisional and General Registration. In this article, we explain what each of these are, the main practical differences, and how to turn your provisional registration into a general registration.
As a UK doctor looking to move to Australia, you will need to get a number of documents ‘certified’ or ‘notarised’ as you go through the processes of arranging your registration with AHPRA and sorting your visa. Find out how to do that here.
This is the most popular path to getting a job in Australia... here we break down step by step how to introduce yourself to hospitals, what to expect through the process and how to prepare for interviews.
Applying through state application rounds is a common way of getting a job in Australia, especially for February starters. Here we explain how they work, who they are suitable for and typical timelines so you’re clued up on how to make them work for you.
In this deep-dive guide, we explore the Victoria state application process, helping you through each step in the process with tips and tricks from a doctor who used it to get their job in Melbourne.
If you're planning to submit applications for jobs in Australia, you'll need your CV to stand out from the crowd. This detailed CV-writing guide will help you make an excellent first impression and get you through to the interview stage.
A well-written and carefully personalised cover letter is a super power that many doctors overlook. We explain here how to craft the perfect cover letter, with a full worked example for you to crib from.
Learn everything about how to choose the best referees and how to manage to help you land that dream job in Australia!
This article goes over everything from what documents you should prepare after an interview to what details you should look out for in your new offer.
Have questions about working in Emergency Medicine in Australia? This article will answer them all!
👍 Transitioning to locum life in Australia (Coming Soon)
After a year of working in Australia, you're eligible to work as a locum doctor. This means more flexibility, more travel opportunities and (much) more pay. Here we explain how to transition to life as a locum doctor Down Under.
An interview with an ED doctor who has been working in Brisbane for three years. He shares the inside scoop of what it's like working day-to-day in the ED and how this compares to A&E in the NHS.
An interview with an ICU doctor who moved from the UK to Australia, providing insights into the interview process, tips for settling into life overseas, and how the training systems and the culture differ down under.
An interview with a doctor who has moved to Australia, sharing his motivations for leaving the UK, advice for finding a job abroad, how the healthcare system differs from the NHS, and more.
An interview with a doctor who has moved to Australia from the UK and who shares his reasons for moving, the benefits of locuming, how he finds works, and his top 3 tips for making the best out of your locuming experience down under!
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