Medical registrar Jobs
Everything you need to know about being a Locum Medical Registrar
So you are a Locum Medical Registrar and you are ready to work across Australia?
It may seem a little daunting if you are dipping your toe into the locum Medical Registrar world. But fear not, Blugibbon has provided some insights that will make this process a whole lot smoother.
Paperwork You Need
Before you even start thinking about where or when you want to work as a Locum Medical Registrar, we suggest you take some basic steps to get your documentation in order. Every single hospital in the land and every single agency is bound by some clear requirements. Sometimes you cannot even apply for a two-day block without everything in hand.
- Collect the following documents together
- Current CV (no gaps or at least explain them eg. travel, maternity leave etc)
- 3 Referee Contacts (name, email, mobile number)
- Medical Degree
- Medical Indemnity
- CPD documents (any certificates from the last few years)
- Police Check (within the last 3 years ideally)
- Working with Children Check (click here if you do not already have one to apply)
- Drivers Licence
- Vaccinations (any if you have had in the past few years)
- Make copies of all the above documents & have them certified by a Justice of the Peace (FYI I am a JP for NSW!)
- Save all of the copies onto a USB or computer hard drive or cloud drive (eg. Google Drive, Dropbox) & keep the hard copies safe in a physical file
- Make contact with Blugibbon for an initial chat, and then send them all of the above documentation
Locations You Can Work
Locum Medical Registrar or “Med Reg Locums” are the second most in demand locum doctor in Australia (behind Emergency Medicine Registrars).
Locum Medical Registrar Jobs are plentiful and based on our experience, (research and data from 2020) come up regularly in the following locations (this is not an exhaustive list):
- New South Wales: Northern Sydney, Western Sydney, Blue Mountains, Illawarra Shoalhaven (Wollongong, Nowra, Shellharbour), North Coast NSW (Lismore, Tweed Heads, Grafton), Southern NSW (Bega, Goulburn, Bateman’s Bay/Moruya, Queanbeyan), Hunter Valley (Taree, Maitland, Tamworth), Western NSW (Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange).
- Queensland: Sunshine Coast (Caboolture), Central QLD (Rockhampton, Gladstone), Mackay, Hervey Bay, Cairns.
- Victoria: Shepparton, Mildura, Wodonga.
- Western Australia: Perth (Rockingham), Busselton, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie.
- Tasmania: Burnie, Launceston, Hobart.
- Northern Territory: Darwin, Katherine.
- Australian Capitol Territory: Canberra.
- South Australia: Mount Gambier.
Rates You Can Earn
Depending on how rural, regional and remote, and how urgent the Locum Medical Registrar job is, this can range from $100/hr, to $180/hr worked.
Types Of Pay
The vast majority of the time as a Locum Medical Registrar you will be paid via PAYG. Usually on submittal of some paperwork and a weekly timesheet, sometimes paid direct by the hospital, others by a locum agency like Blugibbon.
You can read about this is more detail here in our blog Locum Doctor: How do I get paid?
Your Work Duties
The clue is in the title when it comes to “General Medicine”.
But of course there are many variations of the Medicine specialities, that comes under the stewardship of the RACP – Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
And when it comes to locum work, a Medical Registrar can be useful in a number of different departments including Renal / Nephrology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Haematology and more.
When you work in Australia as a Locum Medical Registrar, you may be based in one or several of these departments. As well as being suitable to work in Wards roles, which there are equally as many as General Medicine.
If you are looking for a fantastic, detailed description of the working dynamic, tasks, roles and responsibilities in a Medicine team, you should check out Dr Michael Lui’s explanation here Medical student’s guide to the Medicine term (the title may be misleading but it is useful for all levels of medicine doctors).