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Kiwi Radiologists - Meet Nicola Speer

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Nicola Speer is a medical recruitment specialist (and a Kiwi!) focusing on helping Radiologists find locum and permanent positions.  Here Nicola answers some questions to help Kiwi Radiologists thinking of working in an Australian locum position.

Where in NZ are you from?


I’m from the Nelson region, right at the top of the South Island. It’s a location known for its sunny climate, beautiful beaches and good agriculture including its vineyards and great wines being produced.

When did you move to Australia and why?


I moved from the UK back to NZ briefly and then to Sydney to live. I’ve been here over 15 years now and love the lifestyle here – as well as the ease of being able to get back to New Zealand frequently to see family and friends. My initial reason for coming here was for work, then it quickly became home for me

What’s your favourite place in Australia?


It’s hard to say since there is so much to love about Australia – I live in Bondi Beach so that has to be my number 1 – I feel grateful everyday for being able to get out to the beach early in the mornings, winter and summer, and enjoy the village-like community here. Outside Sydney, Melbourne is my favourite for a weekend away, the culture, food and ease of moving around in the city make it a great place to spend some time. I’m keen to explore regional Victoria more too. Adelaide and Hobart are also favourite weekends away. In the middle of our already mild winter, it is nice to get away to Queensland for some sunshine, swimming in the ocean and exploring – Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation are beautiful.

How can you help NZ based Radiologists?


One of my favourite aspects of helping NZ radiologists into locums over here in Australia, is the connection I have with New Zealanders and a bit of understanding in terms of the questions that they would like to have answered, how best to set things up for locum work that is going to be a truly enjoyable experience for the doctor, and their family if they’re coming too – which is a great option, to take a trip that mixes work, with some family time in a great Australian location.

What are the most common types of questions NZ Radiologists have about working in Australia?


Sometimes NZ radiologists ask what is required for registration and paperwork and are generally quite relieved at how much Prescript can do to make it a smooth and simple process. 

I think there’s often an initial feeling of not knowing what the options are, where to start, how much they can earn and the practicalities of the process. I love to tailor locums for NZ radiologists that cater to their time capacity and availability and also the personal preferences for locations. If I talk to a doctor who isn’t sure, then I like to go over a few ideas to see which places sound the most appealing to each individual.

How much can a Radiologist earn for a locum position?


It can vary on location and length of commitment, but generally it is a daily rate of $3000 to $4000 per day (+GST).  

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Are there other benefits?

Plenty! It’s a pretty stress-free experience with flights, well selected accommodation, a car and some other personal touches provided that show appreciation to radiologists and ensure a smooth process.

Can a family come too?


Yes, absolutely and this is something that I like to discuss with radiologists in our initial chats to ensure I understand and can think about good ideas to suit the preferences of the whole family: ages of children, what activities they like and interests the family have, any factors that require special planning and basics like the type of accommodation that will make the stay during their locum most comfortable.

What is the best way for a doctor to contact you?

There are three ways to get in touch:

  1. Call me on 0405 429 799
  2. Email
  3. Click ‘Book A Call with Nicola' ⬇️(with option to upload your CV)


The best way is to send me a brief overview of any existing ideas about coming to Australia for locums. If the radiologist just wants to find out what the options are and knows nothing about where to start – that’s perfect too! I’ll be able to reply and schedule in a phone call to suit us both so that we can have a chat about options, answer questions and look at how best to proceed from there. 

New Zealand radiologists are perfectly placed to come over to Australia and work. We partner with really appreciative and accommodating radiology practices, hospitals and imaging services and look after our Kiwi doctors coming in to work, whether it’s for a week, a fortnight, a few weeks dotted through the year or even a block of months, get in touch and we can have that first conversation.

About Nicola Speer

Nicola recruits for locum and permanent positions across regional Australia with a focus on Radiology.

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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
  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 - Live in NZ & Locum in Australia

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  • Fancy some tropical sunshine?
  • Like to earn extra $$$ for a special gift, project or just the mortgage?
  • Want to give your family a new experience in a new location?

There are all sorts of reasons New Zealand radiologists love to come and locum in Australia, but how does it work?

Here is an overview of the steps we take at Prescript to make it easy for you….and some wonderful locations to inspire you!

By the way, I’m a New Zealander, from Nelson, who moved to Australia 15 years ago. I will always be a Kiwi though and visit family regularly. My experience gives me an affinity with other New Zealanders, and the questions you may have about working here, whether for a few days or longer term
— Nicola Speer


A locum, meaning in this case, a temporary job in a hospital or imaging clinic, gives an immense amount of freedom and scope for Kiwi radiologists. We guide you through to make it seamless and time efficient – see more on this below.

Typically you can locum for a minimum of 5 days, through to monthly blocks. Some radiologists have come to locum and loved it so much, they have transferred into a permanent role in Australia and stayed.

Another option for anyone wishing to spend a few months or a year exploring Australia, is for us to arrange back-to-back locums for you in locations that appeal to you. This is a wonderful way to see the country, and be paid.

The admin & organisation is very much taken care of by Prescript. This typically includes flights for you as the doctor, being booked and paid for; accommodation for the duration of your locum; and a rental car. 

You are paid a generous daily rate, in Australian dollars. We work personally with you to ensure you have all the information you need regarding how you’re paid and how to understand your tax obligations.


Now for the juicy bit! When you have a country as vast and diverse as Australia, you’re never going to be short of choice. In fact, choosing just where you want to go, can sometimes be a bit daunting and that we can certainly provide help with.

When we talk to New Zealand radiologists, we discuss all aspects of time-availability and professional skill and interest, but also your personal and lifestyle preferences and those of your family, if you’re traveling with a partner and children.

Considerations to discuss with us may be about the time of year, climate and season. It may be regarding your preferences for city life, out-back adventure, tropical beaches, rural locations or Aboriginal communities. It may be you have family ties or friends somewhere here in Australia and want to spend some time with them. Whatever the case, it’s important to let us know so that we can accurately tailor this into the locum work we arrange for you.


Let’s break this into some easy steps – the details will be personal and tailored to you, but we hope this gives you some sense of the way the process flows.

  1. Connect via the button below or directly with me – this is an easy and quick process and there is never any obligation, it just gives us a starting point for learning what you may like to do.
  2. I'll chat to you at a time to suit – after work-hours is fine too. Either by telephone or Skype,  your choice. 
  3. We talk through registration and confirm your eligibility to work here.
  4. Then it’s all about the 'WHEN & WHERE'.
  5. Fly in, connect with your new locum location and enjoy the change of scenery – Sweet as!

If you’d like to explore the idea of a locum in Australia, or indeed, if you’re considering a permanent move here, please drop me a line or contact us through our easy registration form below.

Thank you!

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