Registered Nurse & Midwife

Date published

23 Sep 2022


Townsville Base

Job ID


Registered Nurse & Midwife

Provide emergency retrieval services, patient transfers and deliver essential health care services to rural and remote communities in Queensland.


  • Healthcare & Medicine
  • Nurse / Midwife
  • Permanent / Full Time

Key points

  • Permanent, full time position based in Townsville
  • Laid-back coastal lifestyle with the conveniences of city living
  • Supportive Orientation, ongoing training opportunities and paid study leave


RFDS Townsville Base is looking for a capable, intelligent, and confident Registered Nurse with Midwifery to join our team to provide invaluable service to regional and remote patients.  
You will have strong values around care, service and personal development and have a great ability to build trust-based relationships with those around you. You also have advanced people and communication skills, maturity, a sense of humour, extraordinary patience, and a deep-seated need to serve people. 
You would describe yourself as an honest, smart, fun, reliable, consistent, and hardworking individual. You are tech-savvy and will be required to document your interactions in our electronic health record. We also need you to meet the following specific criteria. 

  • Skilled clinicians registered with AHPRA to practise Nursing and Midwifery  
  • 5 years post-graduate experience (full-time equivalent). 
  • Minimum of 3 years' experience in a critical care environment- 24-hour in-department medical coverage/ tertiary hospital (within the last 7 years) 
  • Ability to spend considerable time working in the confined spaces of a small aircraft 

Desirable Skills (Can be obtained after starting employment) 
  • Current Advanced Life Support (ALS) 
  • Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) 
  • Neonatal resuscitation certification 

In January 2023, the successful applicant will begin in a permanent, full-time role, working 15 shifts per 28-day roster period. 
The Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) (RFDS) are leaders in improving the health of people in remote, rural and regional Queensland. As we head toward our 100th year of providing services, we are focused on providing safe, high-quality clinical care.  

RFDS Townsville Base provides aeromedical retrieval and inter-hospital transfers throughout all of Queensland.  Your day could involve travel up to Thursday Island, across to Mt Isa, down to Brisbane or any of the other many places throughout Queensland that we serve. There is a huge variety of presentations and transfers including intensive care, trauma, emergency, cardiac, neurology, paediatrics, and neonates. No day is ever the same in this dynamic base with new and exciting challenges that will require your extensive critical care skills and knowledge. 
Why join RFDS Townsville Base? 
There are gorgeous beaches and rainforests in and around Townsville, and the Outback and Great Barrier Reef are all nearby.  The beautiful and very popular Magnetic Island is only a 20-minute ferry trip away.  Townsville has a vibrant, dynamic lifestyle to be enjoyed with 320 days of sunshine a year! Those looking for a laid-back coastal lifestyle with the conveniences of big city living will find it in Townsville. It is a great community for individuals, couples, and families. 
In addition, to an idyllic community to settle in you will be a specialist in our exceptional frontline team. You’ll use all the skills you’ve worked so hard to acquire, making a difference in people’s everyday lives and delivering vital care in emergency situations. By joining the RFDS (Queensland Section), you will have access to the following: 
  • Work with a supportive team of people who are passionate about our purpose and proud of their contribution 
  • Generous base salary of 133K + superannuation 
  • Access to generous not-for-profit tax-free benefits of up to $18,550 
  • Extensive orientation program 
  • Commitment to your professional development- with 12 days paid study leave per annum 
  • Additional company superannuation contribution program 
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program including counselling, nutrition sessions, financial sessions, and legal advice 
  • Private health insurance discounts 
  • Novated leasing available 
  • Opportunity to be a part of the iconic Royal Flying Doctor Service team 

If you would like any further information, please contact Talent Acquisition at  or call 07 3852 7553. Alternatively, please call our Nurse Manager– Aeromedical Elizabeth Ferrier on 0409 920 103. 
Please ensure the following is clearly identified in your resume: job title, start date, end date, department, brief description, full-time, part-time, or casual and the hours or FTE you complete/d. This allows us to establish your FTE and experience. 
Successful candidates will be subject to Police Checks and Pre-employment Drug and Alcohol Testing. Candidates are required to hold a current, unrestricted Australian Driver's Licence and obtain an ASIC Card. Prior to appointment, you will be required to provide certified copies of qualifications/registrations and evidence of immunity or vaccination against VPD. You will also be required to successfully complete the RFDS credentialing process. 
RFDS (Queensland Section) works with vulnerable patients in remote parts of Queensland and provides an essential service to many regional and remote communities. To ensure the health and safety of our staff, our patients and these communities, as well as to manage the risks involved in service delivery and COVID-19 transmission in these communities and our workplaces, our staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate the requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19, including maintaining any recommended booster requirements, will be a term of your employment, as will the requirement to provide proof of vaccination. 
The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) (Queensland) is passionate about fostering equality within the workplace. We encourage applications from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and people of culturally diverse backgrounds. 
Applications for this role close on the 21st of October 2022 however, shortlisting and screening processes may begin before this date.