Higher training in the land down under
What does it mean to train as a higher specialist in Australia? Having worked in New South Wales, Zudin Puthucheary and Adrian Blundell give a UK perspective
With no language barrier, a better climate, stunning beaches, and a superior quality of life, the question is surely not when to work in Australia as a doctor, but for how long. Each year a large number of British and Irish junior doctors make the break to work in a variety of positions in rural and metropolitan locations in one of the largest countries in the world. Most of these doctors gain employment as resident medical officers, either in emergency medicine or as part of a rotation (in a similar manner to the foundation programme recently introduced in the United Kingdom). Some of the positions are classed as “relief work” and involve covering the duties of doctors who are on leave (that is, most of the jobs do not involve prospective cover).
The reason for most British graduates being employed at this grade is that traditionally graduates travelled down under