Staff shortage leads to $2,700 per shift bid for beachside job

Doctors are being offered up to $2,700 a day to work as substitutes at a beachside tourist hotspot, showing how difficult it is to attract workers in regional areas.

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

The ad states that applicants can earn “$2,700 per shift” working in the vacation town.

“Wonderful Western Australia awaits,” the ad read.

Recruitment agent Locum Life has advertised a doctor to work as an emergency department general practitioner at Broome Hospital.
camera iconRecruitment agent Locum Life has advertised a doctor to work as an emergency department general practitioner at Broome Hospital. Credit: News Regional Media

It comes after a similar announcement was posted on social media in April for opportunities at Karratha Health Campus and Hedland Health Campus, which offered $3,000 for a day shift and $3,200 for an evening shift.

“Port Hedland – a good place for a long walk on the beach, fishing or swimming at the right time of year. Watch out for stingers, stone fish and crocodiles! But generally safe,” the ad read.

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

Similar ads have also appeared in other states in recent months.

Port Augusta in South Australia and Inverell in northern New South Wales had jobs at the rate of $3,000 a day in May.

Yass, in NSW’s Southern Tablelands, also had a job for between $2,800 and $3,000 a day that same month.

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

It is difficult to attract workers to regional areas.
camera iconIt is difficult to attract workers to regional areas. Credit: News Regional Media

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

It comes after a number of other great regional WA job openings.

Baristas in March were offered a salary of $92,030 at the Good Cartel takeout in Broome.

Kitchen staff were also offered $112,464 per year to work 55 hours a week for five days, including weekends.

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

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