Doctors “down under”: what’s it like studying or working in Australia and New Zealand?
The appeal and realities of life as a medic in the Antipodes
- By: Paul Welford
In 2015, a record number of doctors in the United Kingdom applied for a certificate of current professional status (CCPS) from the General Medical Council, which is one of the documents needed to work abroad. According to the regulator, applications increased by 75% (8625) compared with 2014 (4925). Whether the impetus is discontent over the junior doctor contract, or a simple desire to travel, it seems that more doctors in the UK are considering working abroad. Australia and New Zealand have long been destinations of choice, with UK trained doctors making up one third of Australian medical practitioner visa applications.1
It’s not just the promise of better weather that tempts doctors away. “I didn’t consider working abroad before the junior doctor contract negotiations, but low NHS morale does make you think about it more,” says final year medical student, Jessica Gray. “I would like to work abroad to learn from