WA: Doctors offered $2700 per shift to work in Broome

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Doctors are being offered up to $2700 per day to work as locums at a beachside tourist hotspot, showing just how tough it is to attract workers in regional areas.

Recruitment agent Locum Life has advertised for a doctor to work as an emergency department general practitioner at Broome Hospital, in Western Australia’s north, until December this year.

The advertisement states applicants can earn “$2700 per shift” working in the holiday town.

“Wonderful Western Australia awaits,” the advertisement read.

It comes after a similar advertisement was posted on social media in April for opportunities at Karratha Health Campus and Hedland Health Campus, offering $3000 for a day shift and $3200 for a night shift.

“Port Hedland – a nice place to go for a long walk on the beach, to fish or swim at the right time of year. Beware of stingers, stonefish and crocodiles! But generally safe,” the advertisement read.

Health department officials in June told a parliamentary budget estimates hearing that midwives, theatre nurses and junior doctors were in short supply, especially in regional areas.

Other states have also had similar advertisements pop up in recent months.

Port Augusta in South Australia and Inverell in northern NSW both had jobs going at a rate of $3000 per day in May.

Yass, in the Southern Tablelands of NSW, also had a job going for between $2800 and $3000 per day that same month.

An emergency department GP was also sought in Burnie, Tasmania, advertised at $2800 per shift.

The high rates show the difficulty of attracting workers to regional areas.

It comes after a series of other big job offers in regional WA.

Baristas in March were offered a $92,030 salary at takeaway venue Good Cartel in Broome.

Kitchen staff were also being offered $112,464 annually to work 55 hours per week over five days, including weekends.

Chicken Treat last month offered up to $130,000 for a store manager in the Pilbara region.

Originally published as Staff shortages lead to offer of $2700 per shift for one beachside job


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