About

Doctors Down Under (DDU) is an information hub for doctors exploring the viability of living and working in Australia.


The principle writer of DDU is a Koala with experience working with Australian GP clinics, health services, medical colleges and statutory bodies in Australia and New Zealand in respect to the recruitment of overseas trained doctors and Australian trained doctors.


Whatever your experience level or specialism, DDU provides analysis and advice to help you navigate the complexities, understand the inequities, bureaucracies, processes and jargon of the Australian medical systems!


The blog will give you the lowdown on remuneration, how the Australian, state and territory governments directs overseas trained doctors to address their medical workforce shortages, employment eligibility, costs, timelines and updates on what pitfalls to avoid in the recruitment and assessment processes of different services, medical colleges and statutory bodies.


The website will have content addressing practicalities of living in Australia, the complexities of adapting to a new life there for doctors and their families.


DDU hopes to inform doctors interested in working in Australia as well as stimulate debate amongst those who have migrated there and locally trained doctors.  Hopefully, any information exchanged will contribute to the ongoing debate about the systems used to accommodate OTDs – specialists and GPs – and therefore assist the Australian government, state and territory governments in making the systems for directing GPs and specialists to regional areas more equitable in the future.


This website is not a tourist site. It is not funded by the Australian government, states or territory governments, health services or any statutory bodies. Nor is it funded by any recruitment agency or migration agency.


Some of the opinion about the the medical colleges and statutory bodies presented here may be surprising and controversial. The stories of doctors  who have migrated can often contradict the stereotypical picture of a country that likes to present itself as equitable, fair and just. As such, because of their continuing involvement with the healthcare industry within Australia and New Zealand, the creators and writers of DDU wish to remain anonymous.


In time, it will grow to provide information on New Zealand and other countries.


Sources and references will be cited for you wherever possible if you want to undertake additional research.


Doctors Down Under disclaimer.


The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by the writers of  Doctors Down Under and while we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.
The writers of Doctors Down Under strongly recommend that you seek professional advice in relation to any Australian and New Zealand financial or tax related matters or any matters related to Australian or New Zealand visa enquiries.
In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website.
Through this website you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of the creators of Doctors Down Under. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.
Every effort is made to keep this website up to date and running smoothly. However, the creators and writers of Doctors Down Under take no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control.


Picture credit:
Alex wong

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