Dominic Lees trained and worked as a GP in Yorkshire, working for two years before relocating to Australia in November 2017. We asked him to tell us more about his move and how he has found working as a GP ‘down under’.
What made you decide to make the move to Australia?
I worked in the UK as a GP for two years, completing my undergraduate and postgraduate training in Yorkshire. I had always thought of coming to work in Australia, for the lifestyle and to get an insight into a different health care system than the UK and the NHS.
How did you find moving from the UK to Australia?
Uprooting your life and leaving friends and family back home is one of the most difficult things about leaving. Moving to Australia was easier for us though, as my brother had already been out here for some years so my wife and I had some extra support.
What was the move like in reality?
In reality, the move was fine. Like many doctors, I had visa delays and there is always the wait of up to eight weeks for the Medicare provider number, so I’d advise waiting for your visa to clear until actually moving over as the waiting around and chasing things up can be quite stressful.
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What is it like living and working in Australia?
Australia has been a pleasure; the people are nice, the lifestyle and beaches are great and everyone seems to have a more relaxed attitude to life out here.
The pressure to see patients isn't there as you see as many or as few as you like, which gives you a sense of control over the workload.
What are the major differences and similarities between working in the UK and Australia?
How did Global Medics help you with your move?
Global Medics were very helpful throughout the process. They helped me secure a good job in a great location and have provided ongoing support both from the recruitment consultant and compliance team.
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