As an allied health clinician, you may be considering a career move to a regional, rural, or remote area. While the thought of leaving the city may seem daunting, the benefits of working in these areas are numerous and can offer a unique and rewarding experience.
One of the greatest benefits of working rurally is the opportunity to gain unique clinical experiences, and work with a wider variety of population groups. In rural areas, healthcare professionals often have to be more versatile and adaptable than their urban counterparts. You will likely be exposed to a wider range of conditions and have the opportunity to gain experience in multiple areas of practice. This can be an excellent opportunity for early career upskilling and to develop a wider range of clinical skills. It can also be an excellent opportunity to work with diverse communities, gain increased cultural competence and expand your understanding of different cultural backgrounds.
Working in a rural or remote area may also allow you to be involved in unique initiatives and/or programs that are not available in metropolitan areas, and are tailored to the specific needs of rural communities. Remote outreach work can be incredibly rewarding (both personally and professionally), and allow you to experience an area of practice that you would otherwise not be privy to by working in a metropolitan area.
Another benefit of working rurally is simply the experience of living and working in (usually) smaller and more tight-knit communities. In these areas, you will have the opportunity to establish close relationships with colleagues and community members, which can lead to a greater sense of community and belonging. You may want to join a local sporting team, attend community events, and explore new places on your days off. You will have the opportunity to experience the natural beauty and adventure of living in a rural area, whether that be exploring the great outdoors, travelling to different landscapes, or enjoying the slower-paced lifestyle on offer.
Another great benefit of working rurally is the associated financial incentives on offer. Many regional, rural, and remote areas allow you to access government funding for relocation, professional development and career growth, simply by being a healthcare worker in those areas. On average, allied health wages are higher in rural areas as a way to attract and retain staff. Additionally, the cost of living in these areas is often lower than in larger cities, allowing you to stretch your salary further.
In conclusion, pursuing a career as an allied health clinician in a regional, rural, or remote area can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Use the In Reach Co. job search to explore the many opportunities available to you as an allied health clinician in a rural area, and take the first step towards a fulfilling and rewarding career!