Become an RFDS Medical Officer - Aeromedical

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Reach new heights with the RFDS.

As an RFDS Aeromedical Doctor you will provide lifesaving retrieval and pre-hospital medical services alongside highly respected aviation and flight nurse teams.

Your work will expose you to a diverse range of medical situations and practice settings, offering significant procedural experience, requiring you to utilise your full breadth of clinical skills. You will provide face-to-face and telehealth care to a broad community demographic. 

Our aircraft are configured to resemble mini intensive care units, employing state-of-the-art technology to fulfil the specific needs of our patients.

Your expertise will leave a lasting impact on the lives of those in regional, rural and remote Queensland.

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What does it take to be an RFDS Medical Officer - Aeromedical?

  • Registration with AHPRA as a Medical Practitioner
  • Minimum five years post-graduate experience
  • Fellowship of ACEM, ACRRM, ANZCA, CICM or RACGP (Senior Registrars are encouraged to apply)

Experience in critical care medicine to meet credentialing requirements with Queensland Health including:

  • Emergency medicine ≥ 6 months
  • Anaesthesia ≥ 6 months
  • Intensive care ≥ 6 months
  • Paediatrics or basic obstetric experience
  • Previous experience in Aeromedical Retrieval is ideal but not required

RFDS supports training towards Fellowship of ACEM, ACRRM, ANZCA, and CICM. 

Senior Registrars will work with their Medical Lead to develop a training plan to ensure learning and on-the-job experiences are broad and aligned with your chosen speciality.

As part of our ongoing dedication to continuous learning, our Cairns base is accredited by ACEM CCPHRM to offer DipPHRM training in retrieval medicine as well as a Specialty Skills Post towards ACEM training. 

We are actively working towards securing accreditation for our Mount Isa base in both pre-hospital medicine and retrieval medicine.

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      Benefits of working for the RFDS

      • Competitive salary with contributions to superannuation
      • Live in remote area allowance - Charleville and Mount Isa Bases: up to $53,000
      • Relocation assistance for those choosing to move and live in Cairns, Charleville, or Mount Isa
      • Six weeks annual leave per annum
      • Not-for-profit salary packaging for tax-free benefits up to $18,550
      • Additional paid travel time. 
      • Medical Indemnity Insurance rebate
      • Professional development allowance of $10,000 pro rata
      • Participation in a comprehensive and supportive orientation, training, and education programs
      • Flights and Accommodation + FIFO allowances - Charleville and Mount Isa Bases: $25,000 pro rata

      Where you could work

      Mount Isa

      The RFDS Mount Isa Base services people living, working and travelling from the Gulf of Carpentaria in the north, the Northern Territory border in the west, Hughenden in the east and Bedourie in the south. The team provides services including remote medical consultations, aeromedical retrievals and primary health care clinics incorporating general practice, child and family health, Indigenous health, mental health and health promotion.

      Charleville

      The RFDS Charleville Base services approximately 622,000 square kilometres of southwest Queensland extending from the New South Wales border to the Northern Territory and South Australia borders in the west, and the Carnarvon Ranges in the east. Services provided from this base include medical chests, remote medical consultations, aeromedical retrievals, and primary health care clinics incorporating general practice, child and family health and field days.

      Bundaberg

      The RFDS Bundaberg Base operates as an emergency retrieval base, incorporating aeromedical retrieval and inter-hospital transfer services.

      Cairns

      The RFDS Cairns Base is the largest and one of the longest-serving bases in the RFDS network. This base provides services into the Cape York region of Queensland. Services provided from this Base include remote medical consultations, aeromedical retrievals and primary health care clinics incorporating general practice, child and family health, Indigenous health, mental health, women's health and health promotion.

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