The word locum is short for the Latin phrase locum tenens, which translates as someone who temporarily fulfils the duties of another, which for doctors happens when a physician is absent from work or when a hospital/practice is short-staffed.
Locum work can range from just a few hours to taking up to 12 months (or longer) in a specific role. In order to take up short term locum work in either Australia or New Zealand i.e. twelve weeks or less, doctors usually need to have registration without restrictions in that particular country.
Once you’ve registered with MedRecruit, whose services are free for doctors, you will instantly gain access to over 1500 short and long term locum opportunities across both Australia and New Zealand that we are able to share with our members at any point in time.
This will provide you with an endless range of opportunities from a career, financial and lifestyle perspective and because our range of job opportunities is so vast, MedRecruit’s team is here to help you quickly narrow down the list into those which are the best match for you.
When you’ve found something you want to apply for MedRecruit will take care of everything, from organising your paperwork, negotiating the best fees for you, right through to helping to organise your flights and accommodation should you need them.
You can find out more about your options when it comes to understanding the field of locum jobs by clicking here and downloading our job market report. Alternatively a member of the team is just a phone call away and will only be too happy to help.
For those of you who want to get an even deeper understanding of how locum jobs works you can visit our Tell Me About page where you can find out about the difference between public and private sector locum jobs, the three ways to ensure continuous locum work and much more.