Brit abroad: thoughts of a British resident working in Sydney

Sarah C Armstrong
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb02220.x
Published online: 1 December 2008

Friendly bosses, fair working conditions and positive specialty training prospects down under

It is said that there is many a true word spoken in jest, and I’m beginning to understand why. In the United Kingdom, it is joked that once a doctor has worked in Australia, there is no turning back. The reasons may seem obvious — the famous relaxed Australian attitudes, escaping the stresses of the National Health Service (NHS), a temperate climate . . . but those are only the tip of the iceberg. I am now 10 months into my Australian adventure, and it is time to take stock of the differences between the two systems of medicine. Why is practising down under so attractive to us Poms?

  • Sarah C Armstrong

  • Department of Cardiology, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW.



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