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The End of the Locum Road

The End of the Locum Road

After nearly 2 years, 13 jobs in 11 different towns across 4 states, having taken 85 flights and slept in more different beds than I’d care to count, my time as a locum has finally come to an end. I originally left my cushy city life in order to fulfill my return of service obligations … Continue reading

Broome Time

Broome Time

There are some times as a locum when I have to pinch myself and think “Really? Am I actually getting paid to be here? Wow, what a life!” Spending three weeks in Broome for my latest work trip was one of those times. With a population of around 16 000, Broome is the biggest and best known … Continue reading

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

I’m into my second year as a locum now and my search continues for the perfect country town to call home. After a fairly length break from clinical work, 2014 kicked off with a four week stint in the wild west town of Kalgoorlie. Kalgoorlie is an historic gold rush town, established alongside the “Golden Mile,” … Continue reading

A Christmas Wish List

A Christmas Wish List

Dear Santa, As you know, I’ve been on a bit of a quest this year, looking for a country town to settle down and call home. I haven’t found it yet, but I’ve been a pretty good girl this year so maybe you can help me to pick a place which has everything on my … Continue reading

Rural Doctors Masterclass Roundup

Rural Doctors Masterclass Roundup

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the recent Rural Doctors Masterclass on Kangaroo Island at the end of my locum placement. This was the brainchild of Tim from ruraldoctors.net and KIdocs.org with the intention of bringing cutting edge FOAM concepts to practicing rural doctors with the assistance of small group learning and … Continue reading

Living the Island Life

Living the Island Life

Somebody pinch me, please? I’ve just had the most terrific two-week holiday locum on the gorgeous Kangaroo Island, Australia’s third largest island, located off the coast of South Australia. KI is known for its pristine wilderness, abundance of native wildlife, high quality produce and it’s enthusiastic rural doctors. I was based at the KI Medical Clinic … Continue reading

Battling Locum Burn-out

Battling Locum Burn-out

This morning I was sitting in the coffee-shop in the Perth domestic airport, filling in time before my Sunday morning flight. I’m getting to be a bit of a regular there now, almost at the stage where I can ask the barista for “the usual” with some degree of confidence. I was heading back to … Continue reading

Settling down in Derby town?

Settling down in Derby town?

The latest chapter in my locum journey has taken me back up to the warm northern parts of Australia, this time for a three week sojourn to Derby where my infatuation with the Kimberley has grown into a genuine love-affair. I expected that this would be another tough challenge for me. Derby is the smallest … Continue reading

Sometimes, you just have to laugh

Sometimes, you just have to laugh

Yesterday, I saw a great RT from Jocelyn Lowinger (@DrJoLow) on the subject of laughing at oneself: I didn’t think that I’d be acting on its advice so soon, but such is the sometimes absurd nature of travel. Ridiculous situations do arise! This morning, I woke at the horrifically early time of 4am to get … Continue reading