Become an RFDS Medical Officer - Primary Health Care

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Enrich your career by nurturing our communities with care and compassion. 

The RFDS is deeply integrated in rural and remote Queensland, providing essential fly-in-fly-out General Practitioner (GP) services to a number of North West and Far North communities. In many of these areas, the RFDS performs the role of the local doctor, offering consistent, life-spanning healthcare to individuals and families. 

Your role will offer a wide scope of practice with both chronic and acute presentations. This will provide you with the chance to thrive in a dynamic environment, supported by a network of aeromedical and telehealth medical officers, nurses and mental health workers, empowering you to deliver comprehensive patient care.

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What does it take to be a RFDS Medical Officer - Primary Health Care?

  • Registration with AHPRA as a Medical Practitioner
  • Fellowship of the RACGP or ACRRM (registrars in their final year of training are encouraged to apply)
  • 3-5 years of post-graduate experience in primary care
  • Paediatrics and basic obstetric experience
  • Ability to meet Medical Officer–PHC credentialing requirements
  • Previous experience in rural and remote health delivery, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare, and emergency medicine.

Training and Development

    RFDS supports training toward Fellowship of both RACGP and ACRRM. Senior registrars will work with their Medical Lead to develop a training plan to ensure learning and on-the-job experiences are broad and are aligned with your chosen speciality learning needs.

    Looking for an opportunity to learn?

    The Student Placement Program facilitated by RFDS (Queensland Section) is a one or two week placement available to university students in Queensland studying medicine. 

    The RFDS Queensland Section offers medical placements to students attending the following universities:

    • Griffith University
    • James Cook University 
    • Centre for Rural and Remote Health James Cook University
    • University of Queensland
    • Bond University
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    Benefits of working for the RFDS

    • Competitive salary with additional 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 and administration 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

    You will be located at one of the following bases. From these bases, you will fly out to work in remote communities at our primary health care clinics.

    Mount Isa

    Mount Isa Base

    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.

    Cairns Base

    Cairns Base

    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.


    Charleville Base

    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.

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