Become an RFDS Medical Officer - Primary Health Care

Dr Ellis-Hallett PHC

A rewarding career

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Deliver essential Primary Health Care services to people in a range of locations across Queensland; including rural towns, remote stations, mines, oil fields, national parks and island resorts.

The RFDS is deeply integrated with the fabric of rural and remote Australian communities, working in tandem with local health services to provide essential fly-in-fly-out GP, Nursing, and Mental Health Clinics. In many of these areas, the RFDS proudly assumes the role of the "local doctor," offering consistent, life-spanning healthcare to individuals and families.

As part of the Primary Health Care (PHC) team, you'll embrace a unique and rewarding position that allows you to deliver comprehensive patient care over meaningful time frames. This role allows for practice without the typical funding constraints, offering a varied caseload and the opportunity to flourish in a dynamic setting with a broad spectrum of presentations and pathologies.

The RFDS commits to a balanced approach to workload, ensuring you can dedicate your energy to patient care without the demands of on-call duties. Our focus on collaborative patient care means you will never be isolated. You'll have the support of a network, including Retrieval and Telehealth Medical Officers, ready to provide expert advice for acute situations and after-hours patient support. Furthermore, all RFDS Medical Officers benefit from the guidance and leadership at the base and state levels, ensuring a supportive and integrated approach to rural health delivery.

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

  • Registration with AHPRA as Medical Practitioner
  • Fellowship of the RACGP or ACRRM
  • 3 - 5 years of post-graduate experience in primary care
  • Ability to meet Medical Officer– PHC credentialing requirements
  • General Practice or Primary Health Care ≥ 6 months
  • Paediatrics or basic obstetric experience
  • Previous experience in rural and remote health delivery and emergency medicine is highly desirable

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 – not dependent on billings: $250,000 - $310,000, plus Super; rewarding additional qualifications and years of experience
    • Not-for-profit tax-free benefits up to $18,550, increasing your take-home pay
    • Relocation allowances if you choose to relocate to one of our Traditional Bases
    • Fly-in and fly-out allowances and relieving allowances (if applicable)
    • We provide extensive and supportive orientation, training and development programs
    • Commitment to support professional development with study leave and an annual professional development allowance 
    • Accommodation is provided if you have a fly-in and fly-out roster
    • Paid travel and administration time in addition to clinical shifts
    • Medical Indemnity Insurance rebate – per annum
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    Where you could work

    RFDS Medical Officer's - Primary Health Care can work out of the following bases:

    • Charleville
    • Cairns
    • Mount Isa

    From these bases, you will work out in community at the primary health care clinics. 

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