Rural Generalists

Date published

21 Apr 2021


Port Augusta

Job ID


About the Royal Flying Doctor Service Central Operations (serving SA/NT)

Saving and improving lives for over 90 years, the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) is a leader in the delivery of emergency aeromedical and community health care services to rural and remote Australia.

Serving South Australia and the Northern Territory, the team at RFDS Central Operations exists to support happier and healthier Australians, no matter where they live, work or play. We continually invest in our people, infrastructure and technology to improve our patient-centred care.

About the role

Rural Generalists at RFDS join a team that combines experienced RGs alongside Retrieval Consultants, together providing primary care, emergency aeromedical care and telemedicine – a uniquely supported environment for RGs and senior GP trainees alike.

The RFDS Primary Health Care Service is delivered by a team of RGs, ACRRM and RACGP  Registrars, nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals.  Comprehensive health services are delivered by a combination of telephone consultations, scheduled fly-in clinics  - GP/Nurse/Midwife/Mental Health/Oral Health , with additional permanent Remote Area Nurse clinics at Andamooka, Marla, and Marree. These services include General Practice, Preventative Health, Community Medicine, Obstetrics Shared Care, Aged & Palliative Care, Men’s & Women’s Health, Mental Health, Sexual Health, and Aboriginal Health.

RG’s also provide emergency telehealth consultations to both patients and remote area clinicians (RANs, mine site paramedics), and  low to moderate acuity emergency aeromedical care collaboratively with our highly skilled flight nursing team. High acuity retrieval cases are additionally supported by a team of Retrieval Consultants, providing additional critical care advice both on call and in person.

All new doctors receive a formal week-long clinical orientation in Adelaide, followed by supernumerary buddied shifts the first week in Port Augusta.  The service is supported by administrative staff and a 24/7 Operations Control Centre located on-site

About You

With a keen interest in rural and remote emergency and primary care medicine you will be challenged to use your expertise and initiative in both aeromedical and remote outback clinic environments.

To be successful in this role you will have:
• Current registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
• Current Fellowship or on a pathway to fellowship with one or more of the following:
o    Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACCRM)
o    Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP)

Travel and accommodation packages available via Adelaide and Port Augusta. We offer attractive remuneration including salary packaging benefits.

You’ll come to work knowing that your efforts are enabling our organisation to remain at the forefront of rural and remote health care delivery and advocacy, and enabling you to be a central part of your community, bridging the gap for rural and Indigenous Australians.

For a copy of the position description click here

For a confidential discussion please call Dr Amanda Bethell, Acting Clinical Director, Primary Care on 0429 075 453 or Dr Mardi Steere -Executive General Manager- Medical and Retrieval Services on 0447 674 712.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The RFDS has mandatory vaccination requirements. Please contact us if you would like to know more.