Working as a Doctor/GP in Perth, Australia

Situated on the western seaboard of Australia, Perth sits where the Swan River meets the southwest coast.  Basking in nine months of sunshine and warm weather per year, Perth is very popular with families who are escaping the colder and harsher climates of their home town.

As patient demand continues to rise, Perth generally provides higher earnings than can be found in cities on the east coast of Australia. The median house price in Perth is significantly lower than in other cities like Sydney, giving GPs and their families the flexibility and affordability to live in attractive suburbs comfortably.


Working as a GP with St John, you are offered an excellent work/life balance with opportunities at four centres located across multiple suburbs surrounding Perth. St John Medical centres operate on a mixed appointment and walk-in consultation basis from Monday to Sunday. There is a minimum requirement of 38 hours a week, working a combination of sessions. There are no on-call requirements, but you will be required to work one weekend in four.

Generally, Australian GP practices are very similar to the UK & Ireland in terms of clinical work.  St John Medical centres are modern, fully equipped and have excellent nursing support.  We also have allied health services available at our centres including pathology, ultrasound, CT, ECG, podiatry and physiotherapy.  Our practices usually have 6 – 10 doctors working on site at any given time, with varying opening hours at each location (please see locations for opening hours and more information).

In Australia, GP practices bill patients or Medicare (Australia’s version of the NHS) for each consultation. St John engages with doctors under a range of commercial agreements such as independent contractors (where you are self-employed and contract your services to us) to staff roles on fixed contracts or as full-time employees. Have a chat to our friendly team and we can work on how to structure an engagement contract that suits your needs.


To work with St John as a GP in Australia, you must be recognised and obtain Fellowship by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) and be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).  We will provide you with all the relevant forms and information to help you through the process.

We will also provide more information on the GP opportunities available within each practice, including information on the contract and income. Our team based in Perth will ensure all new GPs get off to the best start possible.