The city is offering £440,000 salary for a job – TRIPLE the usual salary – but still nobody wants it

A remote area in South Australia is so desperate for a doctor that it’s offering a staggering £440,000 salary to attract a qualified GP.

Officials are hoping the staggering salary – three times the average earned by a general practitioner in the rest of the country – will lure a doctor to the semi-arid Mallee district.

The successful GP will serve the town of Pinnaroo, population 712

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The successful GP will serve the town of Pinnaroo, population 712Credit: Google
Local authorities are hoping to land a GP with a salary of £440,000

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Local authorities are hoping to land a GP with a salary of £440,000Credit: Google

The rural area of ​​Mallee is around 150 miles outside of Adelaide and suffers from a severe shortage of medical professionals.

To remedy this, the Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network has advertised a position that offers the successful candidate a very attractive salary range of $475,763 to $752,224 per year (£280,252 to £443,105).

According to the Australian Revenue Commissioner, non-specialists earned on average $232,903 (£137,193) in taxable income in 2019-2020.

With this in mind, authorities have gone further by offering additional perks, including employer pension contributions and salary cuts.

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Young doctors are reluctant to take up jobs in regional or rural areas of South Australia, fearing there will be no job opportunities for their partners.

The successful candidate is expected to serve the towns of Lameroo and Pinnaroo – home to 1,564 residents – over a distance of over 40km.

The GP will operate inpatient, outpatient and GP services, as well as serve trainees and fully qualified GP registrars.

The local health board said it was desperate to fill the vacancy after a longtime family doctor left.

“We have already hired a part-time GP to partially fill the void left by the departing GP and we look forward to recruiting another GP to our area to expand the services available in the Southern Mallee area ‘ the network said in a statement.

“While this is the first example in the region where a resident GP can be incorporated into a general practice, SA Health employs GPs at other locations, including some medical workers at Riverland General Hospital.”

Rural hospitals like Riverland General Hospital have such shortages of doctors that they offer $3,000 for single shifts.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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