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A little more than 17 years ago, Phillip needed assistance at his OPSM store at Warringah Mall in Sydney but couldn’t find any optometrist locum agencies so decided to set up his own. Phillip Fent Locum Services was founded in 2002 with two optometrists on the books and 1 part time employee. We now have 6 employees covering rostering, administration, accounts, marketing and development.
Phillip Fent Locum Services is now the largest and most well known and trusted Locum Service in Australia with more than 570 regular Locums on the database and long standing relationships with employers.
In 2018 with the growth of the business came a number of changes firstly a name change to Optom Locum Service and more recently have established offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Hamilton, New Zealand.
If you're interested in becoming a locum, the following information should be helpful, for more information take a look at our FAQs page. Registering as a locum is as simple as clicking on the sign up button. You will receive regular updates with all new vacancies listed that you can apply for.
Why become a Locum?
Registering with us is free and there's no obligation to locum for us. Once you sign up you will receive our regular vacancy updates so you can take a look at what's available before you commit yourself.
If you're currently in a job and you would like to try out locuming, you could try taking a short term role during your holidays or if you want to top up your income - weekend work can be a great option for you.
Once you have gained enough clinical experience to be comfortable seeing 15 patients per day, we will be happy to recommend you to our clients for placement in their practices.
Working as a locum through our agency, you'll experience a wide range of settings which will offer the opportunity to grow your network and increase your connectivity, flexibility and knowledge.
Sign up today to start your new and exciting journey with us!.
Several Optometrists have provided testimonials, some who have been locums with us for many years and others for for shorter periods.
Kitty Liao, Optometrist, Sydney NSW
I have worked with Sally and Phil for 7 years now, ever since I started locuming. Sally and Phill have been very helpful, and a job booked through them is usually coordinated well, and I don't have anything to worry about. I just fly out, turn up at the practice as I was scheduled to, and start seeing patients.
Sometimes I feel like going somewhere for a working holiday, I drop Sally an email and enquire about a job available in the area I plan to go. They try their best to find a stint for me. It's been very pleasant working with Sally and Phill, and I appreciate their great efforts. A job well done!
I have worked with Phillip Fent locum service for the past six months, providing cover for stores all around Australia. The past six months have been very life enriching, from exploring the country in Parkes, Goulburn, and Armidale, to exploring Australian Coastland in Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Tuggerah-Central Coast, Hervey Bay, Cairns, and also working in cities like Perth, Canberra and Adelaide.
Every week is a new place to travel and is very exciting, that it doesn’t even feel like “work” anymore. In particular, Phill Fent locum service has been fantastic to work for as they are very organised. By emailing through the list of vacancies it provides optometrists with the freedom to select where and when they want to work, also providing flights and accommodation at attractive hourly rates . I highly recommend any Optometrist who is interested in locuming to work for Optom Locum Service.
Working for Phillip Fent locum service across the nation since 2005 has provided me with several professional and personal opportunities, including:
- Significantly increasing my clinical capabilities through the delivery of eyecare to a diverse range of Australians including patients from metropolitan to regional locations, from young to old, and from lower to high socio-economic status;
- Understanding the various issues facing these patients in relation to General Practitioners and Ophthalmologist access;
- Gaining working knowledge of the systems, equipment and prescription lenses used across the sector;
- Travelling the country though working holidays, and preventing the boredom associated with routine;
- Staying in contact with friends interstate, and building new personal and professional relationships;
- Balancing work/life balance when undertaking further study; and
- Saving for those big purchases.
The team at Phillip Fent Locum Service have always provided seamless bookings and been extremely responsive to changing needs. It has been a great pleasure working with Phill and Sally and I would highly recommend exploring the opportunities they can offer - you won't regret it.
Employers - looking for a locum?
We can help, register your vacancy with us today. Registering a vacancy is FREE!
We have more than 550 optometrists on our database looking for work. We can secure you a locum for short or long term placements depending upon your needs. We ensure that your locum is fully qualified and has been screened by us.
Call us on 0474 699343 or complete the form below and we'll get in touch asap!
all regional areas paying $100+ per hour
Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Northam, Geraldton, Karratha, South Hedland, Collie and Margaret River and regular Perth Vacancies.
On top of this amazing hourly rate your airfares, accommodation, and hire cars (where needed) are provided.
New South Wales
Richmond, NSW $95 per hour +GST
From 26/04/19 to 24/6/19 - Weekend Rates during this time are available and are paid at higher rates!
Tamworth $120 per hour + GST
Invercargill $100 per hour + GST
4/2/19 to 31/3/19
We have regular vacancies from the top of the north island right through to Invercargill at the very tip of the south island. Locuming is a great way to get to see beautiful NZ on the cheap and learn about the culture. Flights and accommodation are included.
Here's a list of the most frequent questions asked. If your question hasn't been covered, go to the sign up and ask your question. We'll get back to you asap!
How do I register?
Click on the sign-up button and enter your details you will then be added to our obligation free mailing list, all current vacancies are listed and you can apply via the link.
How much do I get paid?
Regional work pays up to $120 per hour + GST and more for last minute and emergency placements. Our optoms choose where and when they work, and some have earned more than double what they were being paid as employees.
Are there any join up fees?
There is no charge to register with us.
Are travel and accommodation paid?
Yes, all travel expenses are paid for, including a hire car where needed.
How much work will I get?
Your choice, from one day to year-long placements. You can work as much or as little as you want.
Do I get training on the software and products?
Yes, as each practice may use Systems you are not used to. We can arrange for training if needed, at no cost to you.
Do I need to be registered for GST?
If you earn above $80,000 per year, you need to register for GST. In time, you may need to operate through a Company, Trust or Partnership. We recommend that you speak to your accountant for advice.
Do I need to register a business name?
A Locum is a self-employed contractor supplying services, so you will need an ABN. This is free, see https://abr.gov.au/For-Business,-Super-funds---Charities/Applying-for-an-ABN/
Professional Indemnity Insurance
AHPRA requires you have current PI insurance. If you are a member of OA Pi is included. If not, you need to organise your own PI Insurance.
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