O&G Registrar | Make an Impact in Canberra

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The Position

Are you an O&G Registrar looking for a new challenge in 2019? Prescript is partnering with Calvary Public Hospital Bruce to identify their next team member. You will be joining a positive, supportive and nurturing culture with great feedback from previous trainees.

The combination of population growth in Canberra and the recent refurbishment of the maternity unit has led to an increase in demand for obstetrics-related services. It is projected there will be 1500 to 1700 deliveries in the next 12 months.

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology Registrar

  • 12-month fixed-term contract

  • February 2019 or ASAP start

  • Opportunity to extend beyond the initial 12 months

  • Role supported by large Consultant pool, six Registrars, SRMO and senior midwives

  • Consolidate your laparoscopic skills and procedural experience

  • Must participate in the after-hours roster, including nights, evenings & weekends

Prescript has recently visited the hospital to meet the team and learn about the maternity unit refurbishments. They now have the capacity for a 6-bed birth suite, a 2-bed birth centre (midwife-led) and a 16-bed fully refurbished maternity ward, along with access to a 10-bed special care nursery.

Call or email Marcia Beere (Prescript’s Recruitment Partner for O&G/Medicine) to find out more ⬇️

0416 544 788 // marcia@prescript.com.au

This position can offer all the benefits of city living but in a smaller hospital setting. Did you know that Marcia, has not only lived in Canberra but also worked for Calvary Public Hospital Bruce? 

I lived in Canberra for ten years and funnily enough worked at this hospital in Medical Admin! The hospital executive management team are very focused on building the right culture, and it shows when you walk around the campus meeting and talking to doctors and nurses.
— Marcia Beere – Prescript’s Recruitment Partner

Canberra is a great place to bring up a family, the unique combination of bush and city means the children can grow up close to nature while taking advantage of the fantastic schooling and education opportunities that Canberra has to offer.

What We’re Looking For

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology RANZCOG trainee, accredited or non-accredited, or equivalent

  • At least two years of O&G Registrar experience

  • Competent with (unassisted) caesarean section

  • Able to work collaboratively across a multi-disciplinary team

  • You will ideally have General Registration with AHPRA

  • Consideration of overseas applicants with RANZCOG comparability may be possible

  • You must be an Australian Citizen/Permanent Resident or a New Zealand Citizen 

Why Join This Hospital

Be part of a team that highly appreciate and celebrate hard-work and achievements. There is a strong culture of acknowledging employee success and progression throughout the hospital.

Calvary Public Hospital Bruce is located in the northern suburbs of Canberra, providing acute care public health and hospital services for the surrounding communities.

Services include:

  • 24/7 emergency department

  • Intensive and coronary care

  • Medical and surgical inpatient services

  • Maternity services

  • Psychiatric services

  • Specialist outpatient clinics

As a teaching hospital, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce is affiliated with the Australian Catholic University, the Australian National University and the University of Canberra

From working at this hospital, and recently visiting, I know its a fantastic place to work. It has a very calming feel to it, highly engaged staff and a great team environment. The unit has recently been renovated and it’s perfectly located in a big city, but has this special regional feel to it.
— Marcia Beere – Prescript’s Recruitment Partner

Benefits The Doctor Can Expect

✅Salary range: $98,704 - $138,667 per annum

✅Relocation allowance up to $4000.00

✅Overtime and penalty payments applicable

✅Education allowance of $3,062 per annum

✅Up to 5 weeks of annual leave

Lifestyle Features

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Canberra is a wonderfully seasonal location – you get the cold and cosy winters and the scorching summers. Autumn is fantastic, it’s the perfect temperature - warm enough to feel like you’re alive, and the colours in the trees are just spectacular.

I know that it’s a great place to bring up a family, the unique combination of bush and city means the children can grow up close to nature while taking advantage of the fantastic schooling and education opportunities that Canberra has to offer.
— Marcia Beere – Prescript’s Recruitment Partner

When you visit Canberra, be prepared to experience one good thing after another. Whether it's world-class wining and dining, iconic national treasures or outdoor adventures, everything you're after is just a comfortable distance away.

Canberra is often overlooked by visitors to Australia in favour or Sydney and Melbourne, but it is truly a great location to live and visit – it’s a breath of fresh air (quite literally). The planned design in a rural setting makes Canberra the perfect combination of the city and the great outdoors.

The Impact You Will Have

This role is vital. Your impact will be huge. The increase in demand for obstetrics-related services due to population growth means that by joining the hospital you will be making a big difference to the healthcare for the local community.

Talk to Marcia Beere (Prescript’s Recruitment Partner for O&G) to find out about relocating to your new position in Canberra. ⬇️

0416 544 788 // marcia@prescript.com.au

Sound Like You?

If you are looking for varied experience and want to make a huge impact in Canberra, please contact Marcia Beere (Prescript’s Recruitment Partner for O&G/Medicine).

There are three ways to find out more:

  1. Call Marcia on 0416 544 788 

  2. Email marcia@prescript.com.au 

  3. Click 'Candidate Contact' to ask a question online (with the option to upload your CV)

Next Steps With Prescript

At Prescript Recruitment, we follow a transparent, friendly process to assist you with your new role.

  1. This begins with an informal conversation with Prescript – We will talk about the position, the hospital and the location in more detail and gain a clear understanding of your career, family and lifestyle wishes.

  2. From there, if you’re happy to proceed to the next step, we will arrange an application and make sure it is going to be the right position for you.

  3. The final stage is progressing to your formal offer of employment which then secures you the role. We continue to look after you and ensure your move and start to your new position is smooth and stress-free.


About Marcia Beere

Marcia Beere recruits for O&G and Medicine positions across regional Australia.

There are three ways to contact Marcia:

  1. Call Marcia on 0416 544 788 

  2. Email marcia@prescript.com.au 

  3. Click 'Candidate Contact' to ask a question online (with the option to upload your CV)

My extensive experience of medical administration in several hospitals means I have seen first hand how the doctor shortage impacts regional communities. I am committed to helping solve this issue.
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Meet the Prescript O&G and Medicine Recruitment Team

We work with doctors for locum, ongoing and fixed-term positions across regional Australia. Connect with Prescript here ⬇️  

Recruitment Marcia Beere - Dedicated recruitment partner. Helping you throughout the entire recruitment process.

Marketing & Vacancies - Grace Clueit - Rapid promotion of locum, ongoing and fixed-term vacancies - helping doctors discover jobs with ease.

Credentialing & Logistics - Stef McLaughlin and Lee Kabigting - Adhere to the highest JAS-ANZ-accredited standards of quality and credentialingManagement of paperwork and travel logistics - making sure doctors start on time.

Finance & Payments Hugo Scales - Prescript's Finance & Payments Manager ensures doctors get paid promptly and smoothly.

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Prescript are medical recruitment specialists.

At Prescript we’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage in Australia.

Every day we’re focused on two clear outcomes - Helping hospitals find doctors that create departments and clinics that run better, have more capacity and less stress. And placing Doctors in jobs that leave them feeling highly valued, rewarded and, most importantly, enjoying what they do.

We believe that when we get these two crucial things right, it has a huge impact on the regional doctor shortage and the healthcare of communities across Australia.

There are three ways to contact us:

  1. Call 1300 755 498

  2. Email contact@prescript.com.au

  3. Click 'Connect with Prescript' to ask a question online (with option to upload your CV)

We’d love to hear from you!

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We’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage, leaving doctors loving what they do and regional communities feeling like they have the best doctors in town.
— James Hill - Founder - Prescript Recruitment

Launceston, TAS - Location Report

QUINTESSENTIAL LAUNCESTON

What other city has a spectacular gorge of monumental proportions and breathtaking wonder, just a few minutes walk from the city centre? Well, nowhere but Launceston, as far as we know. And not only Cataract Gorge itself, but an impressive suspension bridge, cafes and special activities connected to this remarkable natural site.

Tasmania’s second biggest city, Launceston is ideally nestled at the head of the beautiful Tamar Valley. The pretty port, around which the city has grown,  has a fascinating history and a vibrant modern day culture. Within Launceston, we recommend a wander of the streets in the compact centre to give a real feel for the colonial settlement it once was.


HISTORY IN A SNAPSHOT

Before Launceston was settled in 1806 by colonial new arrivals, the area was the living place of the Palawa people, (Tasmanian Aboriginal people) for the past 40,000 years. The Palawa people lived in harmony with the land throughout Tasmania. An essential place to explore when in Launceston is the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Here you will see a full spectrum of art, history and culture - with fun activities for that bring the history alive.


EAT, DRINK, BE MERRY

Launceston, like the rest of Tasmania, has developed a well-deserved reputation for great wine, excellent food from the local surrounds, and a buzzing vibe in which to enjoy all these good things. 

Cool climate vineyards in the Tamar Valley, the Northern Tasmania wine region surrounding Launceston, are known for their Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The Tamar Valley Wine Route has wonderfully captured the best offerings of the region and made it easy to access and enjoy.

Stop for tastings, enjoy a vineyard lunch, take home bottles based on your careful sampling or have them shipped back home for when you arrive.

If beer is your tipple, why not try the famous James Boags Brewery tour? Sample beer, hear about the brewing process and get amongst it all to really understand where the glorious, amber liquid comes from and how it arrives in its splendid form in your glass. They started way back in 1881 and still insist on using crystal clear Tasmanian water in the brewing process, as well as the best quality hops and barley.

You’ll need to eat, of course. To feast on the locally produced fare that is so well represented in Launceston restaurants is a real treat. As well as dining in,  the market is a must for food lovers to explore.  Launceston’s Community Farmers’ Market is every Saturday morning from 8.30am-12.30pm in the Cimitiere Street car park. It’s great to note that the market sells only food and beverages grown and produced in Tasmania and is run within Australian Farmers’ Market Association Guidelines (AFMA) guidelines. Take a basket to fill with artisanal products, meats, cheeses, bread, local wine, cider and beer. Don’t miss the fresh fruit and vegetables of this cool climate region with its beautifully defined seasons.

It’s well worth a browse on the Internet to find the restaurants, bars and cafes that most catch your eye but here are a few to get you started:

Stillwater – Check their site for information about the now famous, Tasmanian truffles over the winter too!

How about a vineyard lunch at Josef Chromy? The award winning cellar door and restaurant in beautiful surrounds is a pretty good place to spend an afternoon.

Chasing the magic beans? The marvelous Bean Hunter site has the low down on best the best places to get a coffee in Launceston. Wander the pretty streets, with your cafe-radar on to find your favourite places for morning treats and lunches during your stay.



SO MUCH MORE TO SEE AND DO, AND TASTE

One of the best websites to browse for specifics on Launceston events, places to visit, history and natural landmarks is the Festivale site which incidentally, also contains all you need to know about the annual festival in February that draws the crowds and brings the city and region into full swing.

The region’s natural beauty is truly staggering and it’s well worth setting aside some quality time to really explore whether it’s national park day walks, or longer hikes into the mountains; a road trip along the rugged, beautiful coastlines in either direction from Launceston itself; a trip out in a boat on the sea, or up the Tamar River, its all there to savour.

Launceston, like the rest of Tasmania, is a good example of good things coming in small packages. Not to be underestimated – definitely dedicate enough time to really slow down, wander, explore, indulge and relax.

Here are some more links about places we've mentioned above, that you might enjoy browsing:

 

About Nicola Speer

Nicola Speer is Prescript’s Senior Recruitment Partner for Radiology with a focus on locum and permanent positions across Australia, New Zealand and globally.

Nicola is very happy to answer your questions.

There are three ways to contact Nicola:

  1. Call Nicola on +61 405 429 799

  2. Email nicola@prescript.com.au

  3. Click 'Candidate Contact' to ask a question online (with the option to upload your CV)

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Prescript are medical recruitment specialists.

At Prescript we’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage in Australia.

Every day we’re focused on two clear outcomes - Helping hospitals find doctors that create departments and clinics that run better, have more capacity and less stress. And placing Doctors in jobs that leave them feeling highly valued, rewarded and, most importantly, enjoying what they do.

We believe that when we get these two crucial things right, it has a huge impact on the regional doctor shortage and the healthcare of communities across Australia.

There are three ways to contact us:

  1. Call 1300 755 498

  2. Email contact@prescript.com.au

  3. Click 'Connect with Prescript' to ask a question online (with option to upload your CV)

We’d love to hear from you!

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We’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage, leaving doctors loving what they do and regional communities feeling like they have the best doctors in town
— James Hill - Founder - Prescript Recruitment

O&G and Medicine Recruitment Partner | Prescript's Interview with Marcia Beere

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Hi, I'm Grace Clueit, I look after Vacancies, Marketing and Communications at Prescript Recruitment. I spoke with Marcia Beere to get the inside info on her role as Recruitment Partner at Prescript. I found out more about her experience and how she plays a leading role in helping O&G and Medicine doctors with the next step in their careers.

Marcia recruits for locum and permanent positions across regional Australia with a focus on Medicine and O&G. Marcia has worked in medical recruitment for ten years, in both hospital and agency settings.


What path did you take to get to Medical Recruitment Partner?

Marcia: New Zealand born, following a typical overseas experience in the UK, I moved back to Australia in the early 2000's and quickly established myself into a medical administration role via a temping agency. At the time the hospital was short-staffed and needed someone who had the ability to look at a problem and fix it. I enjoyed the problem-solving side of it and found being part of the candidate pathway from junior to consultant very fulfilling. I love being able to provide that strong support during critical points in peoples lives.

Being able to help hospitals stay fully-staffed and helping meet that community demand was my primary motivation to get into the full recruitment side. I also love the people contact. It’s so rewarding listening to the needs of both candidates and clients, tailoring positions to suit individual needs, and then being able to bring it all together.


What do you see as big issues within medical recruitment right now?

The biggest issue that we are helping to solve is the shortage in regional areas. It’s a consistent problem across the whole of Australia, excluding Sydney and Melbourne, and it is why we exist as an agency. Living in a regional area myself, I have seen the impact of the doctor shortage. It is continually challenging for hospital networks and I feel very privileged to be able to provide support and energy in addressing some of these challenges. 

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What are you doing differently for O&G and Medicine doctors?

I'm very specific in my approach and ensure I take the time to find the right roles to suit the right people, specifically avoiding the ‘one size fits all’ approach. I instead opt to spend more time making sure everything has been done properly and to the highest standard.

Quality over quantity is definitely something I focus on. As a company we won’t just partner with ‘anyone’ and we take our time to provide a bespoke, personalised service. The proof is in the meaningful, long term relationships that we’ve created with both candidates and clients alike.


Did you know…?

Marcia lives in Bega, the rural heartland of the Sapphire Coast, and also the home of Bega Cheese! When she’s not helping rural hospitals find the doctors that they need, she’s looking after her family and working on the farm with her cows, what a woman!

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You’ve been working in medical recruitment for a long time now, do you have any predictions for the future careers of doctors in Australia?

While working in health care facilities, we would look forward to a tsunami of doctors to flood through our hospitals. For whatever reason, we’re not seeing these extra doctors translate into extra staff, at least not in the regional areas where the demand is increasing. I am a tree-changer who moved from the city to the fields of a regional centre and I am not unique in this change. Many people are choosing to relocate away from the hustle and bustle of a city and enjoy what the regional centres have to offer. It is great to be able to help grow the services by placing doctors in some of these areas. 

This is something where there isn’t just one simple fix and the problem isn’t going to go away anytime soon. Having more medical graduates is one factor in reducing the shortage of doctors of course but there are other factors too. Many of these graduates will end up as specialists in cities and working in private practices but that doesn’t help with the shortage in public sectors in regional areas


What do you enjoy / what frustrations do you have about your role?

I enjoy having long term relationships with people and really getting to know them – both doctors and clients. Seeing doctors progress through their career and working with clients for such long periods of time is great. I don’t think that I’d have the same kind of ongoing relationships if I were working in a different industry.

Knowing that I work for a passionate company, who wants to make a difference is an amazing feeling and is truly demonstrated through our interactions with candidates and clients. I continue to enjoy the field that I have invested a lot of time into and being able to carry that on is a real honour.

One frustration I tend to encounter is dealing with bureaucracy and working within not one, but multiple public health systems that all have their own idiosyncrasies. For example, if you are credentialed to work full time in one state health service, that doesn’t mean you are credentialed to work as a locum in that same state health service, and instead need to almost start as if the candidate is a brand-new person within the system.

This is one of the wider frustrations of working within health – everyone feels it. It is, however, something that is there for a positive reason and it’s important that these procedures are in place to protect doctors and hospitals. 


About Marcia Beere

Marcia recruits for locum and permanent positions across regional Australia with a focus on Medicine and O&G.

There are three ways to contact Marcia:

  1. Call Marcia on 0416 544 788 

  2. Email marcia@prescript.com.au 

  3. Click 'Candidate Contact' to ask a question online (with the option to upload your CV)

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Meet the Prescript O&G and Medicine Recruitment Team

We work with hospitals, practices and doctors for locum, ongoing and fixed-term positions across regional Australia. Meet the team ⬇️

Recruitment Marcia Beere - Dedicated recruitment partner focused solely on O&G and Medicine doctors.

Marketing & Vacancies - Grace Clueit - Rapid promotion of locum, ongoing and fixed-term vacancies - helping doctors discover jobs with ease.

Credentialing & Logistics - Stef McLaughlin and Lee Kabigting - Adhere to the highest JAS-ANZ-accredited standards of quality and credentialingManagement of paperwork and travel logistics - making sure doctors start on time.

Finance & Payments Hugo Scales - Prescript's Finance & Payments Manager ensures doctors get paid promptly and smoothly. 

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Prescript are medical recruitment specialists.

At Prescript we’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage in Australia.

Every day we’re focused on two clear outcomes - Helping hospitals find doctors that create departments and clinics that run better, have more capacity and less stress. And placing Doctors in jobs that leave them feeling highly valued, rewarded and, most importantly, enjoying what they do.

We believe that when we get these two crucial things right, it has a huge impact on the regional doctor shortage and the healthcare of communities across Australia.

There are three ways to contact us:

1.    Call 1300 755 498

2.    Email contact@prescript.com.au

3.    Click 'Connect with Prescript' to ask a question online (with option to upload your CV)

We’d love to hear from you!

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We’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage, leaving doctors loving what they do and regional communities feeling like they have the best doctors in town.
— James Hill - Founder - Prescript Recruitment

Radiologists - Your Prescript Recruitment Team

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Meet the Prescript Radiology Recruitment Team

We work with FRANZCR Radiologists for locum, ongoing and teleradiology positions across Australia and globally. Connect with Prescript here ⬇️  

Recruitment - James Hill, Nicola Speer and Rebecca Doyle - Dedicated recruitment partners focused solely on Consultant Radiologists.

Marketing & Vacancies - Grace Clueit - Rapid promotion of locum, ongoing and teleradiology vacancies - helping doctors discover jobs with ease.

Credentialing & Logistics - Stef McLaughlin and Lee Kabigting - Adhere to the highest JAS-ANZ-accredited standards of quality and credentialingManagement of paperwork and travel logistics - making sure doctors start on time..

Finance & Payments Hugo Scales - Prescript's Finance & Payments Manager ensures doctors get paid promptly and smoothly


Prescript are medical recruitment specialists.

At Prescript we’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage in Australia.

Every day we’re focused on two clear outcomes - Helping hospitals find doctors that create departments and clinics that run better, have more capacity and less stress. And placing Doctors in jobs that leave them feeling highly valued, rewarded and, most importantly, enjoying what they do.

We believe that when we get these two crucial things right, it has a huge impact on the regional doctor shortage and the healthcare of communities across Australia.

There are three ways to contact us:

  1. Call 1300 755 498

  2. Email contact@prescript.com.au

  3. Click 'Connect with Prescript' to ask a question online (with option to upload your CV)

We'd love to hear from you!

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We’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage, leaving doctors loving what they do and regional communities feeling like they have the best doctors in town.
— James Hill - Founder - Prescript Recruitment

Medical Registrar Vacancies I Tasmania | February to June 2019

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The Positions

Tasmanian Health Service has Medical Registrar vacancies from 04 February – 30 June 2018. They are looking for fixed-term contracts, or locum coverage. 

Locations:

➡️  North West Regional Hospital, Burnie – RACP Adult Medicine Level 1 Teaching Hospital

➡️  Mersey Community Hospital, Latrobe – unaccredited

➡️  Launceston General Hospital – RACP Adult Medicine Level 2 Teaching Hospital

This is a great chance to gain a wide range of valuable experience within a supportive work environment. During your time off you can explore Tasmania with its charming towns, beautiful national parks and amazing local produce.

Call or email Marcia Beere (Prescript’s Recruitment Partner for O&G/Medicine) to find out more ⬇️

0416 544 788 // marcia@prescript.com.au

Dates Available

📅 04 February – 30 June 2018

Our Credentialing Manager, Stef McLaughlin, will help manage all the paperwork and logistics. All you have to do is let us know when you are free.

Benefits You Can Expect

✅ Fixed Term contract rates (6 or 12 months available) are between $89,649 and $106,413 (base annual salary) depending on experience, with accommodation provided for up to 12 months (3 months’ rent free) and relocation assistance of $2500. 

✅ Locum rates are $1200/day (all sites), flights reimbursed and accommodation provided.

What We’re Looking For

You will have AHPRA General Registration. You must be an Australian citizen/permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen.

Sound Like You?

If you are looking for varied experience and want to explore beautiful Tasmania, please contact Marcia Beere (Prescript’s Recruitment Partner for O&G/Medicine). She is very happy to answer any questions.

There are three ways to find out more:

  1. Call Marcia on 0416 544 788 

  2. Email marcia@prescript.com.au 

  3. Click 'Candidate Contact' to ask a question online (with the option to upload your CV)


About Marcia Beere

Marcia Beere recruits for locum, ongoing and fixed-term positions across regional Australia.

There are three ways to contact Marcia:

  1. Call Marcia on 0416 544 788 

  2. Email marcia@prescript.com.au 

  3. Click 'Candidate Contact' to ask a question online (with the option to upload your CV)

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Meet the Prescript Medicine Recruitment Team

We work with doctors for locum, ongoing and fixed-term positions across regional Australia. Connect with Prescript here ⬇️  

Recruitment Marcia Beere - Dedicated recruitment partner. Helping you throughout the entire recruitment process.

Marketing & Vacancies - Grace Clueit - Rapid promotion of locum, ongoing and fixed-term vacancies - helping doctors discover jobs with ease.

Credentialing & Logistics - Stef McLaughlin and Lee Kabigting - Adhere to the highest JAS-ANZ-accredited standards of quality and credentialingManagement of paperwork and travel logistics - making sure doctors start on time.

Finance & Payments Hugo Scales - Prescript's Finance & Payments Manager ensures doctors get paid promptly and smoothly.

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Prescript are medical recruitment specialists.

At Prescript we’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage in Australia.

Every day we’re focused on two clear outcomes - Helping hospitals find doctors that create departments and clinics that run better, have more capacity and less stress. And placing Doctors in jobs that leave them feeling highly valued, rewarded and, most importantly, enjoying what they do.

We believe that when we get these two crucial things right, it has a huge impact on the regional doctor shortage and the healthcare of communities across Australia.

There are three ways to contact us:

  1. Call 1300 755 498

  2. Email contact@prescript.com.au

  3. Click 'Connect with Prescript' to ask a question online (with option to upload your CV)

We’d love to hear from you!

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We’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage, leaving doctors loving what they do and regional communities feeling like they have the best doctors in town.
— James Hill - Founder - Prescript Recruitment

Fruit-Picking, Cell Blocks and Passion(fruits) in Bundaberg | Grace's Story

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Prescript is passionate about helping solve the regional doctor shortage in Australia. We thought we would share our stories of living, working or holidaying in different parts of the country.  You'll get to know us a bit better and find out why we love working with doctors and encouraging a sea/tree change!

I'm Grace Clueit - I have been working in Prescript since early 2018 as our 'Marketing Partner'. Here is my story of working in Bundaberg and finding passion(fruit)...

Originally from the United Kingdom, I set sail for Australia in 2014 after a few years of travelling and working in various places prior. After seeing Australia for all of its beauty, and having only explored a mere fragment of it, I decided I needed to stay longer. Being a British backpacker meant I was required to complete 88 days of regional work in order to gain a second-year working holiday visa. 

My two friends and I were travelling up the east coast, in a camper-van that broke down every 30 minutes (a story for another day), when we put a coin in charge of our destiny. If the coin landed on heads, we decided that we would head to Bundaberg, if it fell on tails it meant we were heading to Sydney. The coin landed on heads, so we packed up our portable frying pan and made our merry way to Bundaberg. 

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A day in the life of a fruit-picker

Working within the fruit picking industry, I experienced the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of farm life. I must admit, I had the most unrealistic image in my head of what farm work would be like; skipping through cornfields in the sunshine whilst sipping on fresh lemonade made by the farmer’s wife... That dream, unfortunately, came crashing down rather quickly. Anyone who’s ever worked on a farm will know what back-breaking work it is, and the locals knew that better than anyone. I worked in a variety of picking and packing jobs, from Zucchinis to Oranges.

Hostel life proved to be very interesting too. I was living in a hostel called 'Cell Block' which had been converted from an old prison. I was sharing a 10-bed dorm with people from all around the world and from various walks of life. Being with each other day and night and living in each other's pockets means you gain the best (and most bizarre) life and people skills

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I was lucky enough to meet my partner, Scott, in Bundaberg, he wooed me with a passionfruit he had picked on the farm. Scott began playing rugby league for a local team, the South Kolan Sharks, meaning our Sundays consisted of touring around various rugby clubs across the northern district. We were welcomed into the club as ‘the pommy children’ by the locals.

The community welcomed all backpackers with open arms and hearts; some of the ladies I worked with even invited me to visit their homes. They asked their families around and cooked the most delicious homemade food. We sat around the fire and shared stories and marshmallows while looking at the stars. A truly magical experience and one I will not forget in a hurry.

Bundaberg holds a very special place in my heart and has left me with some wonderful memories. I hope you can one day visit too.


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More about Bundaberg

Bundaberg is the largest town in the Fraser Coast region and is known for its eponymous dark rum and fruit-farming backpackers. The town is an agricultural centre with some friendly pubs and a decent regional art gallery.

Located 300 kilometres north of Brisbane, the Bundaberg region is the first point of entry to the Southern Great Barrier Reef. This area encompasses a diversity of coastal, island and hinterland areas.

Bundaberg is located just 35 minutes from the beautiful coastal town of Bargara, and only 1 hour and 20 minutes from the stunning coastal city, Hervey Bay. 30 minutes north of the centre is Moore Park with wide, flat beaches, and to the south is the very popular Elliott Heads with a nice beach, rocky foreshore and good fishing. Bundaberg's convenient location means you can easily visit some lovely coastal areas during your time off work.


About Grace Clueit

Grace is Prescript's Marketing Partner and looks after Vacancies, Marketing and Communications. 

"I hope you enjoyed this blog about my time in Bundaberg. If you had any questions or would like to learn more about permanent and locum opportunities, we’d love to chat with you!"

Contact Grace: 1300 755 498 // grace@prescript.com.au

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Prescript are medical recruitment specialists.

 

At Prescript we’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage in Australia.

Every day we’re focused on two clear outcomes - Helping hospitals find doctors that create departments and clinics that run better, have more capacity and less stress. And placing Doctors in jobs that leave them feeling highly valued, rewarded and, most importantly, enjoying what they do.

We believe that when we get these two crucial things right, it has a huge impact on the regional doctor shortage and the healthcare of communities across Australia.

There are three ways to contact us:

  1. Call 1300 755 498

  2. Email contact@prescript.com.au

  3. Click 'Connect with Prescript' to ask a question online (with option to upload your CV)

We'd love to hear from you!

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We’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage, leaving doctors loving what they do and regional communities feeling like they have the best doctors in town.
— James Hill - Founder - Prescript Recruitment