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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

Riverland South Australia Location Report

QUINTESSENTIAL Riverland

Riverland South Australia, have you considered visiting here? The relaxed lifestyle, tranquil Murray River and excellent food and wine scene makes it a fantastic place to visit and work.

Captain a five-star houseboat or let someone else do the hard work on a paddle steamer cruise. Fish from the banks of the Murray River or paddle a kayak on the water. The Riverland is South Australia’s largest fruit-producing region so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to fresh fruit and other produce. Enjoy the sunshine, water sports and a laid-back lifestyle.
— SouthAustralia.com

There is so much to do and see in the Riverland and Berri areas. A great place to start is here: 

Discover the Murray River National Park, see the 'Big Orange', enjoy the Riverland Wine & Food Festival or plan a houseboat adventure!

The name Berri derives from the Aboriginal term berri berri, meaning ‘big bend in the river’, and it was once a busy refuelling stop for wood-burning paddle steamers. These days Berri is an affluent regional hub for both state government and agricultural casual-labour agencies. The ‘Big Orange’ – one of Australia’s iconic ‘big’ roadside tourist lures – awaits resuscitation on the edge of town.
— Lonely Planet

HOW TO GET THERE

  • Fly to Adelaide or Mildura and drive to Berri.

  • Daily bus service from Adelaide (about 3.5 hours).

 

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

My Sea Change (and why you should do the same)

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At Prescript we are often helping Radiologists to find new permanent roles which require them to move from one part of Australia to another.  It can often be a daunting decision to step away from your comfort zone and take a leap into the unknown.  I can speak from experience as in February 2018, after 17 years of living in Sydney, I packed up and moved 800km north to Northern NSW – away from everyone and everything I knew.  This was one of the biggest and riskiest decisions I’ve ever made in life, but also the best.

On the surface things looked great for me - I had been doing really well in my career, was living a fortunate life in Bondi and had a great support network, however, I knew deep down that Sydney wasn’t working for me anymore.  I was constantly stressed, flat, tired and felt unenthused; and life just seemed to be continuously throwing obstacles my way.  I craved a healthy lifestyle, nature and calm living that the city couldn't provide.  I wanted out of Sydney, and my partner had always dreamt of living in Northern NSW, so we made the call to get out of the rut and get energised by life again.

We live about half way between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay so there is so much to explore on our days off.  The Byron region is one we’ve got to know very well over the years, with our annual week-long trip to Bluesfest, so it was a given that we’d love it there.  However, neither of us expected how pleasantly surprised we’d be from the hidden gems within the Gold Coast and Tweed regions.  Our perceptions couldn’t have been more wrong thinking they were soulless regions full of theme parks, super-centres and drinking venues.  Instead, we have found gorgeous National Parks, spectacular scenic drives, delicious culinary experiences, eclectic community markets, stunning estuaries and endless immaculate beaches on our doorstep.  And we know there’s still so much more to discover.

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It’s now been six months since we first made the move and I could not have dreamt that it would be so positive for both myself and my partner.  I’ve gone from having obstacle after obstacle in Sydney over the past few years to suddenly having a life where everything has just fallen into place.  It was a huge risk to move to somewhere new, so far away from our family & friends, where we knew no one, I had no job, and my partner had a start-up business.  But life seems always to have a funny way of making things work out if you stop fighting against it and just go with the flow.   Because I took the leap, I am now happier, healthier, more energised and focused.  I’m back in a job that I enjoy, can work from my home office without a painful commute and have a great supportive team only a video chat away.  My relationship with my partner has been renewed, and we love our adventures exploring the region.  Sydney and my hometown of Wollongong are only an hour’s flight away to see friends.  And for the first time in years, I love coming home. 

Because I took the leap, I am now happier, healthier, more energised and focused. 
— Rebecca Doyle

If something within my story resonated with you and you are inspired to make a sea change or tree change, please make contact with me as I can help you to find a role and location that’s perfect for you. 

There are three ways to get in touch:

  1. Call Rebecca on 0434 401 379
  2. Email rebecca@prescript.com.au
  3. Click ‘Book A Call with Rebecca' (with option to upload your CV)

About Rebecca Doyle

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

0434 401 379 // rebecca@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

Being a 'Business for Good'

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B1G1 & My Role

Everyone is motivated by something, whether that be financial gain, achievement or power, for me it is more of a social factor. I have a genuine passion for positively contributing to the lives of others.

One of my key roles at Prescript, which I don’t talk about enough, is my responsibility to our Buy1Give1 partnership. At Prescript, our focus is to ensure that rural and regional communities have access to the healthcare that they deserve. This motivates me on a day to day basis, and through our involvement with B1G1, we do this on a global level too.

Every month I collect our data and analyse our business activities. I then update the Prescript team and let everyone know how their work has directly affected a rural community further afield – the Odede community in western Kenya.

Each time someone does business with us, something great happens in the world. We actively contribute to many life-changing impacts, but for today I wanted to talk about our main goal.

For every locum or permanent position that a doctor accepts through Prescript, we pay towards a doctor’s salary so they can continue to provide crucial healthcare to families living in extreme poverty in Odede.

Our big goal is to pay for a doctor’s salary for an entire year! So far, we have provided over four months, or 128 days to be precise.

The Odede Community Health Centre is located in a rural community where most people live on less than $1 a day. Doctors provide life-saving medical care every day for children and families in Odede.

To see more about how this all works, watch the video below to learn about the recent B1G1 study tour to Kenya. The video provides an insight into the incredible impacts which are being made every single day and at around the 3 minutes mark, there is a clip of the community we are helping; Odede.

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. 

There are two ways to become a part of the B1G1 giving community. The first option is to work with Prescript through one of our many day-to-day business activities (such as confirming a locum assignment, referring another doctor to us or even completing a reference for a colleague). Or, you can visit the B1G1 website by clicking here and make a direct contribution.

To find out more, contact me via email stef@prescript.com.au or call 0416 544 577.


About Stef McLaughlin

Stef is Prescript Recruitment's Credentialing Manager, working with regional hospitals and practices across Australia to ensure that doctors start on time. Stef is responsible for Prescript’s quality management processes and our giving relationship with the Buy1Give1 programme.

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About Prescript Recruitment

For more information, a great place to start is www.prescript.com.au

You'll find information about our locum and permanent recruitment services for doctors, hospitals and practices.  You'll also find links to our blogs, location reports and other resources.

1300 755 498 // contact@prescript.com.au

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Prescript Supports Marriage Equality

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AN OPEN LETTER FROM AUSTRALIAN LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS IN SUPPORT OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY

We, local business owners from across Australia, write to express our support for marriage equality.

We recognise that diversity makes workplaces stronger and more successful. We support the right of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) employees to work and live in environments free of prejudice and discrimination, enjoying the essential freedoms experienced by other employees and the broader community.


We believe that individual rights and liberties are critically important. They are essential in the creation of a healthy, harmonious and open society. An equitable society, free of discrimination, allows all employees to function at their best. This has obvious benefits for small businesses. Australia, a nation with a robust democratic tradition, would also benefit greatly from allowing all its citizens to be treated equally.

The Australian people are increasingly supportive of marriage equality, with a recent study showing 72 per cent believe same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. We agree. Globally, over 20 countries have passed laws to allow same-sex marriage, including the United States of America, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and Great Britain – which did so with lower support for marriage equality than Australia is seeing right now. Times have changed.

Not only is marriage equality the only truly fair option, but it is also a sound economic option, given that a happy workforce is a productive one. To remain competitive, and to attract top talent from around the world, organisations – and nations – must create a fair and respectful environment for all.

Equality in the workplace works; Discrimination does not.


We support the right for all our employees to have equal opportunities in life. We therefore support marriage equality.


Sincerely,

James Hill

Director & Founder
Prescript Recruitment

7 Proven Stress Release Techniques for Doctors

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As doctors in the field, we all know that the job can get stressful. Hospitals have you running from one hospital wing to the next with people’s lives in your hands. If you work in a practice, you’re dealing with a long list of sick patients with no end in sight.

A doctor’s health is just as important as the health of their patients. If stress is dictating your work ethic, it’s a good idea to consider using these seven stress release techniques to keep you healthy on the job.

1.    Meditate

A few minutes of meditation is an excellent way to get your mind back on track and to centre yourself. The best part is that you can do it anywhere. You can do it sitting, standing, or lying down - whichever is most comfortable.

It’s best to conduct a full body scan when you meditate to have a full sense of how your body and mind is handling everything. To do this, you need to shut out everything around you and focus on each part of your body starting from your toes all the way up to your head. It’ll take a while to get used to at first, so no worries if you have trouble focusing the first couple times.

2.    Don’t Eat at Your Desk

Take breaks away from where you work. That includes your desk, the office, the department or the reception area. This doesn’t mean you have to eat out at a cafe every day. However, you can go off and eat your lunch someplace where you’re least likely to think about work. It’s even better if you can manage to eat with a close co-worker or friend, and talk about non-work-related subjects.

3.    Exercise

When you’re at work, it can be hard to get in a moment of serious exercise. But when you can, it’s perfect for getting your thoughts focused on something else and re-energizing your body and mind.

It doesn’t have to be anything crazy. You could do a quick walk outside or even dance to some music in your office during a break (make sure you close the blinds first!). Any simple activity is all you need release some built-up tension.

4.    Be Positive (Laugh)

Staying positive is another great stress reliever for doctors, especially in an environment of sick patients who already aren’t in high spirits. The best way to keep a positive mindset is with humour and laughing. We advise only using humour as the situation dictates it, but if you are just with colleagues, a good laugh will bring everyone’s moods up.

5.    Eat Healthy Snacks

The stress makes it tempting to go for comfort foods, but it’s better if you can stay away from the doughnuts and sweets. Instead, eat high energy foods like fruits and nuts that you know will keep you healthy and active.

6.    Say “No” More Often

Learn your limits and say “no” when you know you aren’t at your best. Depending on your colleagues, you might be able to ask for help. Overwork does not make the best work.

7.    Leave Work at the Workplace

And finally, keep all the stress and worries of work at the workplace. This isn’t easy, especially after a hard and potentially traumatic day at work. So take it one day at a time and try to spend off-time engaged in fun activities with the people you love.


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)

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.
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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!

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.