Discovering Australia - A Spotlight on Queensland

Discovering Australia - A Spotlight on Queensland

For the third instalment in the Discovering Australia series, we are heading north from Canberra to Queensland!

We are working with Queensland Health to recruit General Practitioners, Junior Doctors, Registrars, Consultant Specialists, and Nurses in locations across the state. 



Climate and Environment

Queensland is one of the warmest states in Australia, with 300 days of sunshine a year with a subtropical climate. The northern region experiences a tropical climate, and the area is famous for the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef system. Towards the south, Queensland transitions into a subtropical climate, marked by mild winters and warm summers. Major cities like Brisbane enjoy a Mediterranean-like climate, making outdoor activities enjoyable year-round.

Culture and Lifestyle

When comparing living in the UK to Australia, Queensland comes out on top not only for climate but also lifestyle. Whether you are a doctor or nurse seeking a sea or tree change, Queensland has it all! Take advantage of Queensland's outdoor lifestyle by exploring its golden beaches, national parks such as Lamington National Park, and other recreational activities. Whether it's surfing, hiking, or simply relaxing by the beach, there's plenty to enjoy in the Sunshine State. 

Queensland celebrates its indigenous culture and heritage in many ways, including the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, which showcases Queensland's culture and entertainment. On your time off from work, visit the annual events like the Brisbane Festival and Noosa Wine Festival. Imagine finishing a shift at the hospital or clinic and relaxing outdoors with the family on a warm evening, or why not drive to Palm Cove, voted the best beach in the world!

Palm Cove is located just a 30-minute drive from Cairns

Cities and Regions

You will have heard of Queensland's capital Brisbane, or 'Australia's Playground' the Gold Coast, but have you discovered the lesser-known locations we recruit to like the Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Rockhampton, and Gladstone?

We have opportunities for doctors and nurses in the locations above, as well as Cairns, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, and Mackay. You can visit popular destinations such as Noosa, Fraser Island, and the stunning Whitsundays from these locations. Each area we recruit to in Queensland offers its individual appeal, whether that is more affordable housing, access to the pristine coastline or vibrant culture and atmosphere. Depending on what you are looking for, there is a location in Queensland to suit you and your needs.

Moving from the UK to Queensland

Moving your life to the other side of the world can be life-changing but also daunting. Our team at Head Medical is here to help you every step of the way, providing comprehensive support during the visa and medical license application process. One of the members of our immigration and registration team will assist you in this process once you have accepted your offer of employment through Head Medical, ensuring a smooth and stress-free transition. 

Working as a Health Professional in Queensland

The top reasons for doctors and nurses to choose to relocate to Queensland are not only the fantastic weather and lifestyle but also the potential invaluable professional opportunities you'll experience. You have access to a diverse clinical caseload, including exposure to tropical medicine. Below you will see what's on offer working as a doctor or nurse in Queensland. 

Working as a Consultant Specialist in Queensland

Queensland Health offers very generous salaries, allowances, and flexible working arrangements. Depending on your specialty and years of experience, you could earn between AUD$488,000 - $591,000 plus on call and overtime. Most senior doctors work 4x10-hour shifts weekly, leaving more time to enjoy the fabulous weather! You will also have 3.6 weeks of professional development leave to utilise on top of your annual leave. 

Working as a Junior Doctor in Queensland

Most junior roles are for doctors with a minimum of 12 months' experience post-foundation training. The hours of work are 40 per week, and salaries are between $97,657 and $129,583 AUD, depending on experience. Junior Doctors will have an array of educational, research, and teaching opportunities while working in Queensland. 

Working as a GP in Queensland

As a General Practitioner / Family Medicine specialist, you will be required to work within DPA locations in Queensland, such as Ipswich, Springfield, Caboolture and Morayfield. All these areas are within a short distance from Queensland's main cities and towns. You will be working under a fee for service model, earning between 65%-70% of billings. This equates to between $240,000 and $400,000 AUD for a GP working full-time (circa 38-40 hours per week). There are also flexible contracts available with generous relocation packages on offer. All practices have great nursing support, and most have onsite pathology. 

Working as a Nurse in Queensland

Nurses working in Queensland experience a better work/life balance, with one nurse to four patients during a day shift and one to seven patients during a night shift. You can earn between $82,753 - $106,144 as Band 5/6 Registered Nurse or Midwife. Clinical RNs and midwives (Band 7/8) can earn between $107,960 - $115,604 AUD. 

In some locations, you may receive a locality or isolation allowance in addition to a qualification and professional development allowance.

If you would like to find out more about the latest opportunities in Queensland, you can search for the latest jobs here

Alternatively, email or call 0131 226 2200 today!

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