• Getting started in private practice

    When the time is right to start your own private practice the prospect can be a daunting one. Avant’s Getting Started In Private Practice program can guide you through the steps and help you make this important career transition with greater ease.

    Getting Started

    In the Getting Started in Private Practice section of our website there are an array of topics you need to factor in when starting a practice of your own.

    You can find information if you are:

    • Uncertain about what type of practice to start or join (i.e. the actual business structure)
    • Unsure about which experts you need to get rock solid advice from
    • Unclear about certain operational aspects of the business such as marketing or finance

    Some of the important areas covered by the program include:

    • Practice planning - this covers topics such as business planning, marketing, accreditation and time management.
    • The right cover - ensure your practice as a whole is protected
    • Practice operations - specifically discussing systems and processes and also procedures and policies.
    • Managing practice staff - these human resources articles cover important topics such as WH&S and dispute resolutions.
    • Patients - consultations, communication and complaints resolution.

    Cautionary Tale

    Member Story


    Charlotte’s new chapter

    After 16 years of working in neonatal, paediatric and maternity units in Adelaide and Sydney, Dr Charlotte Middleton decided it was time for a change of pace.

    Now a GP Registrar in Wollongong, her new direction was motivated by a desire to spend more time with her young family and pursue her interest in nutritional and integrative medicine.

    “I spent 10 wonderful years working in a private hospital maternity unit. Mums and bubs became my thing. It was an amazing job and the team was great, but I felt being a GP was the only profession that would really suit this stage of my life and enable me to practise the type of medicine I was interested in.”

    However, with the move came a new set of medico-legal considerations.

    “I’d been in hospital roles for my whole career so far, so didn’t have as much of an idea of what I needed to be aware of medico-legally in general practice. And because I have an interest in integrated health I wanted to find out what treatments I could safely prescribe and administer as a GP Registrar and private practice employee."

    Dr Middleton called Avant’s Medico-legal Advisory Service to find out how to safely transition from working in a hospital to general practice.

    After receiving advice on her cover, rights and responsibilities, she was directed to Avant’s Getting Started in Practice online resource for doctors and practice managers.

    “It was valuable for someone new to general practice. One thing it highlighted that I’m very aware of is that general practice hinges on good communication. I’ve worked as an educator, a TV presenter and even acted, so I like to think I’m strong in this area. But I know there will always be more to learn down the line, especially if I ever open my own family practice.”