The Australian dream
A career move overseas can be a valuable learning experience, but it’s important to prepare early
In August 2010, I abandoned the NHS ship to take up a post in Australia. This is not a new phenomenon among junior doctors but it seems to be an increasingly popular one, as I found when I joined the 27 other UK graduates working in the emergency department of a teaching hospital in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.
My reasons for moving were better hours, better lifestyle, and better weather compounded by the continuing UK economic gloom and working in a system that requires you to pick a specialty within 18 months of graduation. Making the move was not straightforward, however, so if you are thinking of deferring specialty training in favour of the Aussie experience, there are some important things to consider.
The increasing influx of UK doctors into Australia brings greater competition for the pool of available posts. But if you apply early (at least six months before you