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Happy Birthday, Prescript!

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Prescript is four years old!

It’s good to have the opportunity to pause and reflect sometimes. Birthdays and anniversaries are often traditional times to take stock and look back. Late March marked four years since Prescript opened its doors as medical recruitment specialists.

We’re known for solving the regional doctor shortage in Australia, leaving doctors loving what they do and regional communities feeling like they have the best doctors in town.

A lot has changed over the last four years, here are four of the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

1) Team is everything.

Every day the team at Prescript is focused on what we do best - helping regional areas find doctors, filling rosters and providing peace of mind.

We’ve now grown to eight (plus Bonnie of course!).

We all care about the work that we do and the impact is has on the regional doctor shortage. These regions are also our communities - our HQ might be in Sydney, but we are spread far and wide along the coast from Bega Valley up to the border of coastal NSW/QLD.

To stay connected as a team, we get together three times a year to celebrate and acknowledge hard work. We also reflect on how we can provide a better level of service to the doctors, hospitals and practices we partner with.

Below are some recent Prescript photos - our planning retreat to Watson’s Bay; attending the 2019 Australian Small Business Champions Awards; a celebratory boat trip on the harbour and lastly, our HQ office in Darlinghurst.

2) Always think of the impact on patient care

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.

On occasion, it can be easy to disconnect the recruitment services we provide from patient care. We try and overcome this be visiting as many of the hospitals and clinics as we can - it is only by walking around emergency departments, touring practices, seeing radiology clinics and meeting with medical administration that we realise how crucial recruitment is to their smooth running.

Since 2015 we have visited every State and Territory - been on the tilting train from Bundaberg to Rockhampton; taken a shuttle bus to Noosa; driven to Bunbury and Busselton; bumped around in a 4x4 in the Northern Territory - just some of the adventures to meet Prescript doctors and Prescript clients.

Sometimes a vacancy can make front page news for the right reasons - Prescript worked on a global recruitment project to find a Neurologist for a regional city. We used our 7-Step Recruitment Framework for a successful outcome and not only did the local paper splash the good news on its front page we also received an acknowledgement from the State Health Minister. It gives the whole Prescript team a feeling of accomplishment to know that a community now has access to the healthcare it deserves.

Below are some photos from recent trips - Bundaberg, Fremantle, Hervey Bay, Launceston and Canberra.

3) Recruitment doesn’t have to be boring

We are always trying innovative ways to attract doctors to regional areas. Traditional advertising still works, but if you want to persuade doctors to make a sea or tree change then something different is needed to cut through.

Grace Clueit leads our marketing at Prescript and along with some fantastic external suppliers has created some memorable campaigns on behalf of our clients.

Here is one example of a recruitment video for the Fraser Coast. Doesn’t it make you want to live there?

4) Importance of being a business for good

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At Prescript, we want to make sure our values flow through everything we do. That’s the reason why we decided to set an annual giving goal through our partnership with the Global Giving Business initiative, B1G1.

In 2018, our target was to pay for the salary for a doctor in rural Kenyan village (and we did it - read more here on our blog). Our target for 2019 is to provide 10,000 check-ups for Indian children living in slums (you can follow our progress here).

We love linking our everyday business activities to our giving goal. We share this with Prescript doctors and Prescript clients, so everyone knows that together we are making a great difference in the world by doing what we do every day.

Shikshan Gram in the video below is a shelter for homeless children and is one of the charities delivering the medical check-ups towards our 10,000 goal.


Happy Birthday, Prescript! Looking forward to the year ahead.

James Hill - Founder and Recruitment Partner

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Find our more about Prescript on our About Us page.

Meet James Hill | Prescript Founder & Recruitment Partner

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I am really pleased to introduce Prescript to you. I believe for you to partner with the right agency, that reflects your wishes and lifestyle choices, is so important. Prescript’s focus is on what matters most to you, whatever stage of your career, your location or your future plans.
 

Every day the team at Prescript help doctors take the next step in their career and assist regional hospitals and practices across Australia with their long-term (permanent) and short-term (locum) vacancies.

We’re known for making for regional communities feel like they have the best doctors in town.

I’ve chosen Australia as my home and I’ve loved getting to know different places - from small towns to larger cities - and exploring the challenges that their health services face. Over the past decade I’ve helped hundreds of doctors relocate from interstate or abroad to help regional Australia move towards being fully staffed with doctors.

The struggles that remote communities face in receiving consistent high-quality healthcare are widely talked about. I’ve travelled to the NT and seen for myself the remote Aboriginal communities that lack healthcare provision. What might surprise you though is that the problem is also much closer to home. Even a short distance outside of our capital cities, the doctor shortage is very real. The point is that this is not just an issue just for those living outside of Sydney or Melbourne, it’s a problem for all of us when we travel across Australia to enjoy regional holidays or visit family and friends.

From countless meetings with doctors, hospitals and practices over the last 12 years we understand that they have three key challenges:

✖️ They don’t have the time to add finding a new position or recruiting to their daily tasks.

✖️ They struggle to identify the best position or attract the best applicants.

✖️ They know that promoting themselves or a vacancy so that it is engaging and relevant takes time yet they want immediate results.

We offer a range of recruitment services that will solve these challenges:

Firstly, Prescript’s 7-Step recruitment framework on behalf of doctors, hospitals and practices for permanent positions – putting recruitment on the top of our list and off theirs.

Secondly, Prescript’s locum management service – providing immediate support for uncertain or busy times.

Thirdly, bespoke retained or exclusive recruitment searches and projects.

We believe that regional Australian hospitals and practices should be fully staffed with doctors so that communities everywhere have the healthcare they deserve. Everything we do is with that in mind. We are committed to helping solve the problem of attracting doctors and get an immense amount of satisfaction from seeing the end result - departments and clinics that run better, have more capacity, improved morale and less stress. We also strive to place doctors where they’ll feel valued and really enjoy what they do.

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As a B1G1 Business For Good, we incorporate purpose and meaning to our business through giving. Together, we are making great difference in the world by doing what we do every day.
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At Prescript, we want to make sure our values flow through everything we do. That’s one reason why every year we set a giving goal through our partnership with the Global Giving Business initiative, B1G1.

Through 2019, our goal is to provide 10,000 days of Medical Care to children in the slums of India. Diseases such as diarrhoea, malaria and rabies are rife. The provision of medical services helps to reduce the mortality rate and allow children to thrive under extreme conditions.

Each quarter in 2019 we link our services to providing 2,500 days of medical support for these kids.

You’re part of making it happen by using Prescript.

You can track our progress here - Our Impact Page


More About James Hill

James Hill is the Founder of Prescript Recruitment and recruits for locum and permanent positions across regional Australia.

James is the author of the soon to be published book 'Full Roster - The Essential 7 Step Guide To Recruiting Doctors In Regional Australia'. He is also a writer of blogs for LinkedIn and the Prescript Recruitment website where he draws on his experience to share opinions on current health staffing issues.

There are three ways to contact James:

  1. Call James on 0410 792 310

  2. Email james@prescript.com.au 

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

We’re known for solving the regional doctor shortage, leaving doctors loving what they do and regional communities feeling like they have the best doctors in town.
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Prescript's 2019 Giving Goal

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As a B1G1 Business For Good, we incorporate purpose and meaning to our business through giving. Together, we are making great difference in the world by doing what we do every day.
— James Hill - Founder - Prescript Recruitment

At Prescript, we want to make sure our values flow through everything we do. That’s one reason why every year we set a giving goal through our partnership with the Global Giving Business initiative, B1G1.

Through 2019, our goal is to provide 10,000 days of Medical Care to children in the slums of India. Diseases such as diarrhoea, malaria and rabies are rife. The provision of medical services helps to reduce the mortality rate and allow children to thrive under extreme conditions.

Each quarter in 2019 we link our services to providing 2,500 days of medical support for these children.

You’re part of making it happen by using Prescript.

You can track our progress here - Our Impact Page

 
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More About The Project

Prescript’s Giving Goal is support 10,000 days of appropriate medical care and treatment for ill and vulnerable child from slums in India.

Millions of children live in slums and are dying of diseases such as diarrhoea, malaria and rabies which are caused by poor sanitation and overcrowding. The provision of medical services will help to reduce the mortality rate and allow children to thrive.

The following organisations will be delivering the medical check-ups:

  • Shikshan Gram (shelter for homeless village children)

  • Helping Hands in Service (for slum children of Geeta Nagar Slums)

  • Arts of Living (for slum children of Dharavi)

  • HSNC Board (for educating slum children in their school for under resourced children)

  • Dreamz Home (for educating and nurturing homeless street children)

  • Cancer Patients Aid Association (for educating and nurturing homeless street children).


More About B1G1

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B1G1 is a social enterprise and non-profit organization with a mission to create a world full of giving. Unlike conventional giving models, B1G1 helps small and medium-sized businesses achieve more social impact by embedding giving activities into everyday business operations and creating unique giving stories. Every business transaction (and as a result, the business’ day-to-day activity) can impact lives.

Find out more: https://www.b1g1.com/businessforgood/

 
 
 

Prescript’s Giving Manager

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Stef McLaughlin is Prescript’s Credentialing, Quality & Giving Manager, working with regional hospitals and practices across Australia to ensure that doctors start on time. Stef is responsible for our giving relationship with B1G1.

Overall, B1G1 is something I am extremely proud of. I am proud of what we have achieved and genuinely love that our work directly impacts lives, not just here within my home, Australia, but also overseas.

Our Past Goals and Impacts

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

Prescript’s Giving Goal - Together We Did It!

I’m Stef McLaughlin, Giving Manager at Prescript Recruitment.


As a Business For Good, Prescript Recruitment embeds giving in our everyday activities, each time we place a doctor in regional Australia we also contribute to medical support to communities in Western Kenya.

Prescript believes that regional Australian hospitals and practices should be fully staffed with doctors, but we also think that communities everywhere should have the healthcare they deserve.

We’ve linked the work we do here in Australia as medical recruitment specialists with giving to the village of Odede in Western Kenya.

Now for the very exciting news!

Our BIG goal was to provide a doctor’s salary for an entire year at the Odede Community Health Centre.

And we have done it! We have provided a doctor for over ONE YEAR which will mean families in need have access to medical support.

I’m also excited to share some of the other fantastic impacts we have had over last 12 months (none of this could have been done without all the incredible doctors, hospitals and practices we work with throughout Australia - thank you so much!).

  • Provided over six months of nourishing meals to HIV-affected children

  • Contributed five months of hospital maintenance at the health centre

  • Given one month of life-saving clean water for patients

  • A doctor’s salary for an entire year at the Odede Health Centre

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Odede Community Health Centre

 More about Odede

Situated on the banks of Lake Victoria, the tiny village of Odede is located in the Rarieda district of Nyanza Province. Much of the local population are rural, subsistence farmers living in extreme poverty.

The district is home to some of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the country, with an estimated one in four people living with HIV (four times the national rate). Maternal and infant mortality rates are also unacceptably high; an estimated 55 out of every 1000 babies die before their first birthday each year (WHO 2010). Many of these children are dying from malaria and other preventable illnesses like diarrhoea.

In Odede, people have very little access to basic health services, where the nearest facility is 30km away, and most people cannot afford the cost to travel there. 

The Odede Health Centre is a community-driven initiative that brings crucial healthcare services to thousands of people living in extreme poverty every year in western Kenya. It provides maternal and infant health care, HIV testing and support, and many other services. Hundreds of women give birth safely at the Health Centre each year, and community outreach programs provide education and basic medical services for schools and villages around Odede.

A collection of photos and videos which were taken by the incredible volunteers from World Youth International when working at one of their sustainability projects in western Kenya - the Mama Ann's Odede Community Health Centre. This facility is only 2 years young and the health centre has had a remarkable and positive impact on the local community of Odede.

 Being a Business for Good

All this has been made possible by our membership of the global business giving initiative Buy1Give1 (B1G1). It means your choice to work with Prescript ensures something great happens in the world and saves lives as well.

B1G1 is a social enterprise and non-profit organization with a mission to create a world full of giving. Unlike conventional giving models, B1G1 helps small and medium-sized businesses achieve more social impact by embedding giving activities into everyday business operations and creating unique giving stories. Every business transaction (and as a result, the business’ day-to-day activity) can impact lives.

What’s Next?

We are looking ahead to the future and planning some life-changing global goals for 2019. I can’t wait to share the next journey with you! Together we really can make a huge impact.

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More About Stef McLaughlin

Stef is Prescript’s Credentialing, Quality and Giving Manager. Stef adheres to the highest JAS-ANZ-accredited standards of quality and credentialingShe manages paperwork and travel logistics - and makes sure doctors start on time across regional Australia.

stef@prescript.com.au // 0416 544 577

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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

Prescript I Our Giving Update I November 2018

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Welcome to November’s Giving Update!

It’s that time again – welcome to November’s giving update!

Here at Prescript Recruitment, we embed giving in what we do to create a habit of giving. Every time we help a doctor with the next step in their career in regional Australia we also contribute towards medical coverage in rural Kenya.

We believe that regional Australian hospitals and practices should be fully staffed with doctors so that communities everywhere have the healthcare they deserve. Everything we do is with that in mind. This motivates me daily, and through our involvement with B1G1, we do this on a global level too.

Did you know that through working with our hospitals, clinics and doctors in Australia, the following impacts were created for the Odede community last month alone?

  • 12 days of hospital maintenance for better healthcare

  • 22 nourishing meals to HIV affected children

  • 35 days of a doctor's salary so they can provide medical support to families in need

All of this has been made possible by our membership of the Global Business Giving initiative B1G1. It means your choice to work with Prescript ensures something great happens in the world and saves lives as well.

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Odede is located in a rural Western Kenya, where most people live in extreme poverty. Doctors help provide life-saving medical care every day for the village and the surrounding community.

 
Our BIG goal is to pay a doctor’s salary for an entire year, plus assist with food, clean water and power at a health centre in Odede - Western Kenya.

Where are we up to?

Prescript has been able to contribute significantly to the Odede Community, your ongoing commitment and support is truly appreciated. Our next update is coming soon…. Keep your eyes peeled, it’s going to be one to remember!

Thank you so much for being part of the Prescript community. We’re privileged to work with you.

Stef McLaughlin - Prescript's Credentialing, Quality & Giving Manager

stef@prescript.com.au // 0416 544 577

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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