Getting the hang of slang

“G’DAY, Doc. Feeling a bit crook. The sheila’s been giving me an earbashing, so I’ve come in for you to take a butcher’s at me stomach.”

It’s an exaggerated cliché of country slang, but an example of one of the cultural quirks that registrars trained overseas – whether in England or Zimbabwe – will have to overcome when they head out bush.

Grasping the complexities of Medicare, opening a bank account and applying for a driver’s licence can be enigmas for many recently arrived doctors.

But for an overseas registrar with

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