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Our culture

Who we are

Wavelength is a dedicated Medical Recruitment and migration organisation placing Healthcare Professionals in both locum and permanent roles throughout Australia. Without our services, many struggling hospitals and remote communities would go without critical clinical staff and we take great pride in the impact of our work. Celebrating our 20th Anniversary in 2019, we continue to evolve, innovate and re-invent. Having acquired the specialist Executive Search Firm, Ccentric, we are now even better equipped to deliver on our purpose and vision.

With over 90 employees placing over 3,000 doctors a year into locum and permanent roles across the complete range of medical specialties – from anaesthetics, acute care, psychiatry and surgery, to general practice, emergency medicine, radiology, pathology, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology and management positions such as director of medical services.  

We create a culture and environment where every person is treated fairly and kindly with respect and dignity. We know people want a safe place where they belong, can be their true self and are included. As big believers in transparency, we strive to ensure all Wavies understand the vision and purpose and their part to play in bringing this to life.

Our founders

Wavelength International was established in 1998 by Claire Ponsford and Dr John Bethell. Claire was a medical personnel manager in the British NHS and worked in the Workforce Planning Division of NSW Health before starting her career in recruitment.  

John is a qualified medical doctor who graduated from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and relocated to Australia to work in the Queensland and NSW hospital systems before moving into recruitment. Claire and John first worked together at Morgan & Banks (now known as Hudson) before setting up Wavelength International.

Claire and John are inspiring leaders who have created a unique and supportive culture underpinned by our purpose, vision and values.


In 2016, we also welcomed Chris Riley as our new chief executive officer. His broad 25-year senior recruitment management experience is helping us align our services more closely to our clients and candidates in an increasingly competitive market. Chris has the diverse experience and strategic vision we need to grow while at the same time preserving our very special workplace culture.


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