Medical Officer - Primary Health Care (Cairns)

Date published

10 Jul 2024


Cairns Base

Job ID


Medical Officer - Primary Health Care (Cairns)

Experience the natural beauty of tropical North Queensland while delivering comprehensive General Practice Services with the RFDS!


  • Healthcare & Medicine
  • Medical Practitioner
  • Part-time

Key points

  • Support better health outcomes for those that live in the bush & on the coast
  • Work Monday to Friday in a part-time or full-time capacity


Full Job Description

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) (RFDS) is seeking skilled, compassionate, and adventurous Medical Officers to join our team in providing invaluable services to regional and remote patients.

We are seeking expressions of interest for both part-time and full-time positions. 

The RFDS delivers comprehensive general practice services via regular clinics in rural towns, remote stations, mine sites and islands. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team the RFDS Medical Officer delivers services across a broad range of Primary Health Care (PHC) presentations including both chronic and acute.

We currently have PHC roles available in Cairns. This role is:

  • Part-time/ Full-time positions available
  • With flexible rostering options available 
  • A wonderful opportunity for a sea or tree change!! 
Who are we looking for?

You would describe yourself as a passionate, reliable, hardworking and committed individual, and meet the following specific criteria:

  • Registration with AHPRA as Medical Practitioner
  • Fellowship of the RACGP or ACRRM 
  • 5 years of post-graduate experience in primary care
  • Ability to meet Medical Officer– PHC credentialing requirements
  • Previous experience in rural and remote health delivery and emergency medicine is highly desirable
 As a skilled Medical Officer, you will deliver:
  • Clinical Service delivery (history taking, examination, decision making, diagnostics ordering and interpretation, clinical procedures, specialist referrals or secondary care admissions)
  • Clinical care of an acute or emergent patient, pending the attendance of retrieval services
  • Telehealth consultations (utilising telephone, videoconference, email)
  • Collaborative approach with other care providers to ensure integrated patient care
  • Advice to nurses and other health professionals as required
  • Quality improvement activities (clinical audits and case reviews)
  • Respectful understanding of cultural diversity including traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander views of health
Why Join us?

You will enjoy a workplace spanning thousands of kilometers in coastal, regional and outback Queensland, while working alongside a team of dedicated and passionate individuals. By joining the RFDS (Queensland Section), you will have access to the following:
  • Attractive remuneration package- rewarding additional qualifications and years of experience (250K-310K)
  • Salary packaging + Super (in addition to remuneration package)
  • Relocation allowances 
  • We provide extensive and supportive orientation, training and development programs
  • Work with people who are passionate about our purpose and proud of their contribution
  • Commitment to support your own professional development- paid study leave + annual professional development allowance
  • Employee Assistance Program Advice for staff and their families (support, nutrition & financial)
To discuss opportunities within the RFDS (Queensland Section) please contact Recruitment on 07 3852 7553 or
Please note, that your application may be subject to review by a representative from Queensland Health for the purposes of assessing your suitability, experience, and qualifications, for the role that you are applying for.
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.  You will also be required to successfully complete the RFDS credentialing process. Prior to the appointment, you will be required to provide certified copies of qualifications/registrations and evidence of immunity or vaccination against VPD.
Royal Flying Doctor Service acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the Traditional Custodians of the land. The RFDS is committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of healthcare. We embrace diversity and welcome all people irrespective of faith, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity.