New website, new partnership, and exclusive ED and GP VMO roles

By Melinda McCarthy published on 14/09/2022 Medical Directions, Emergency Medicine Jobs /

Medical Directions is proud to maintain its commitment to emergency medicine doctors and GP VMOs, providing unparalleled access to more than 10 hospitals (including GP FastTrack Clinics) spanning Hunter New England, Murrumbidgee, Western NSW, and The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health Districts.

Our commitment to you

  • Job security with options of FIFO or relocation assistance where required
  • Placement diversity: from scenic coastal communities to charming country towns, all 1-2 hrs from the nearest airport
  • Opportunity to expand your skillset
  • Full support from our experienced team, matching you to the right role and assisting you with credentialing requirements, travel, and accommodation 
  • Permanent and fixed-term locum opportunities at competitive rates
  • Exclusive placements across locations and facilities within Hunter New England, Murrumbidgee, Western and Illawarra-Shoalhaven LHDs
  • Ongoing advocacy for better rural facilities and working conditions through our partnership with the Ochre Group.

Our Rewards Program

To celebrate the launch of our new website and Ochre Group partnership, we are offering all new doctors a joining bonus of $500 (once 10 shifts have been completed).

We also have a referral rewards program. So, if you have a friend or colleague who could benefit from a new ED locum experience, part-time or full-time contract or even a perm role, introduce them to us. Once they have worked 10 shifts within 3 months of joining, you’ll receive $1000.

You have questions? We have answers

Here’s a quick Q&A to elucidate how Medical Directions can source, supply, and support you with the right emergency medicine roles for both your career and work-life balance needs.

Where can I work as an Emergency Medicine doctor?   

Doctors working with Medical Direction may work in Emergency Departments at Nelson Bay, Inverell, Manilla, Quirindi, Mudgee, Cowra, Young, Milton Ulladulla, Shoalhaven, Glen Innes plus many other sites across NSW.

Can I work as a locum while I'm pursing a Fellowship?   

Medical Directions can help you get into a pathway and provide you with well-paid work while you complete your fellowship.

I am an IMG. Can I work as an ED locum? 

Medical Directions’ definition of work eligibility is based on AHPRA registration status, qualifications, skills and experience required for the job.

How often do ED Locums get paid and what is the payment process? 

Emergency doctors are paid monthly (calendar month)—the pay period is the first day of the month until the last day the month. At the conclusion of each month, you simply forward your invoice detailing all shifts you worked for the month and Medical Directions will pay your invoice within two weeks of the end of the month.

Are flexible accommodation options provided?   

Accommodation for locums varies from location to location. For example, offsite commercial accommodation is provided, while some facilities provide on-site accommodation such as a self-contained unit or private room with ensuite and kitchenette.

What about my partner or family?

Medical Directions can support requests to accommodate partners or family if the accommodation is suitable. 

Are travel arrangements covered?

We will fly you to the closest location, and if necessary a rental vehicle can be arranged. We will always ensure that you are happy with the travel prior to confirming the shifts for you.

How flexible are rosters?     

We have flexibility with our rosters, and we work with doctors to achieve their work life balance needs. 

What locum rates can I earn?         

Doctors engaged in ongoing work are paid at locum rates for their permanent work. Locum rates may vary, but we offer competitive market rates.

What is the backup and support like? Will there be on-call?      

In some of the rural locations you may be the sole doctor charge. We will advise you on what local specialist support is on-call and available to you should you need it. In the more metro locations there will be many RMOs, Regs, Senior staff and FACEMS working during the day.

Is ward cover part of the role?       

Some sites yes and some sites no. At Quirindi, Manilla and Young, ward cover is part of the role. Whereas there is no ward cover at Cowra, Mudgee, or Inverell. There is some ward cover at Tomaree for one role.

Where do “the sick ones” get transferred?          

It depends on the location. If you're an Emergency Medicine Doctor in the New England Tablelands (Inverell), then patients will generally be transferred to Armidale or Tamworth. If you are working at the facilities in Manilla or Quirindi, patients will be taken to Tamworth. If in Murrumbidgee (Young), Wagga will take the critically ill.

Whom will I report to?          

These details will be included in the hospital confirmation document. A welcome pack will also be available at the hospital when you arrive. 

Do you have the same roles as other agencies?  

Because we hold exclusive service arrangements with over 10 hospitals, including GP FastTrack clinics, across four NSW Local Health Districts, we have access to roster lines and roles whether they be of a FIFO nature, contract, full-time and part-time, and permanent jobs before other agencies.

Do you take a cut from my pay?

No, our service is free for doctors. We are paid by hospitals and clinics and hold exclusive service arrangements with over 10 hospitals including FastTrack Clinics across four Local Health Districts. 

Are Medical Directions and Ochre Recruitment the same company?   

Medical Directions is a division of the Ochre Group, a leader in the provision of primary care. Ochre Recruitment is the sister company of the Ochre Group. Ochre Recruitment specialises in placing locum doctors and has long been a trusted partner of private and public health facilities across Australia and New Zealand. 

Secure your ideal Emergency Medicine role—contact our Recruitment Consultant Naomie Rapira today. 

We don't advertise all locum roles on our websites as some are filled so quickly, often within 30 minutes! Whatever your locum or long-term career goals are, we’re confident we can find the ideal job for you.

Take a look at the ED locum jobs we currently have available by searching our current locum jobs here.



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