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  • Making the long but worthwhile journey to Australia

    Dr Ged Foley
    Posted by on 10 May 2016

    As part of my role as the Chief Executive Officer of IPN Medical Centres, as well as a practising GP at an IPN practice in Sydney, I take pleasure in talking to overseas GPs about the possibility of working in Australia.

    I trained as a GP in the UK and have worked in both the UK and Australian systems, so I can vouch for the professional and personal benefits to be gained from making the move to Australia to work with IPN.

    Australia is a unique and beautiful country that offers a great work-life balance for GPs, a strong financial economy, cultural diversity and a myriad of opportunities for families in education, experience and adventure.

    IPN has been established in Australia for over 30 years and has an unrivalled track record of helping GPs successfully transition to Australia through established support processes, including help with the immigration process, medical registration, and navigating the Australian healthcare system.

    By joining IPN, I became part of a network of GPs who provided me with the support to smoothly integrate into new my working life here. IPN allowed me to continue to practise with clinical sovereignty, to put my patients first (because I was freed of the administrative burden of running a practice), and to have a flexible working arrangement that lets me spend more time with my family and have the healthy work-life balance we all strive for.

    As somewhat of an IPN veteran now, I’m pleased to be able to give back to the network and provide support to new GPs making the move to Australia with IPN.

    But don’t just take it from me….

    Hear from more of our overseas GPs – in their own words – and gain true insight into the GP working life in Australia, by watching these videos . Of particular note are of the videos of Dr Mark Sweeney, who moved from the Ireland, and Dr Amen Soin, originally from the U.K.

    If you’d like to find out more about making the long but worthwhile journey to Australia, visit

    Dr Ged Foley

    IPN Medical Centres Chief Executive Officer (General Practice)