Become an RFDS Primary Health Care Nurse

PHC Nurse

A rewarding career

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Work in a job where no two days are the same.

RFDS (Queensland Section) primary health care (PHC) nurses provide a range of healthcare services to rural and remote communities in the Far North and Northwest regions of Queensland.

This role provides an opportunity to engage and support people to reduce the risk of needing secondary and tertiary care. This includes providing clinical services on a rotational basis from the Mount Isa base.

In support of local communities, you will provide:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services
  • Child and family health services
  • Women’s health services
  • Chronic disease care and support
  • Health Promotion and Health education activities
  • Early detection and brief intervention programs

In this role, PHC nurses build relationships with patients and work in unique settings that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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What does it take to be an RFDS Primary Health Care Nurse?

  • AHPRA registration as a Registered Nurse and Midwife (Highly desirable)
  • Rural and remote nursing experience, including provision of health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • 3+ years' full-time equivalent (FTE) experience in a Primary Health Care setting
    • Immunisation endorsement (desirable)
    • Rural and Isolated Practice (Scheduled Medicines) endorsement (RIPRN) (desirable)
    • Post graduate qualifications in Child and Family Health, Chronic Disease Management, Cervical Screening, Diabetes, Lactation education and Nurse Practitioner (desirable)
    • Understanding and supporting cultural diversity, including traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health models.
    • Ability to collaborate with community and patients to deliver the best care and care that suits their needs.
    • Taking initiative where required to deliver care.
    Essential Skills (Can be obtained after starting employment)
    o Current Advanced Life Support (ALS)
    o Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
    o Neonatal advanced resuscitation certification

Development opportunities with the RFDS (Queensland Section)

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) offers additional support for clinical placements to help PHC Nurses keep their skills up to date.

They also provide additional study leave and opportunities for PHC Nurses to work in Nursing Education officer roles, providing clinical education support to other PHC Nurses.

We have also recently see the addition of a PHC- Midwifery Scholarship supporting our PHC Nurses to gain the midwifery qualification. It is wonderful to be able to take paid study leave and receive support for your education.

We also offer to pay for your education as well, including advanced life support, paediatric advanced life support, neonatal resuscitation, and emergency paediatrics and maternity.


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Benefits of working for the RFDS

  • PHC Nurses provide family support and care across the lifespan.
  • Remote work opportunities involve a maximum of four nights away at any time with safe and secure accommodation provided.
  • Opportunity to see unique landscapes while flying back to the base either over the coastline or central west bushland.
  • Opportunity to enhance your skills, while working within remote communities.
  • Engage and support people during challenging times while often building lasting relationships.
  • Generalist approach to offering services including everything from prenatal to geriatric care in remote areas.
  • Strong support from RFDS, healthcare professionals, and a collaborative team, with the role requiring adaptability and resourcefulness.
  • A deep understanding of cultural awareness.
  • Full time hours include 16 shifts per month. You don't work weekends or public holidays. 

Extra benefits of working for the RFDS 

  • Generous base salary of $133,000 (FTE) + superannuation.
  • Access to generous not-for-profit tax-free benefits of up to $18,550.
  • Extensive orientation program well equipping you to be confident in your new role.
  • Commitment to your professional development- with paid study leave!
  • Education Entitlement - the RFDS will recognise your additional relevant post grad qualifications with additional pay-points.
  • Six weeks' annual leave.
  • Overnight allowances when you stay overnight.
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Where you could work

The RFDS (Queensland Section) PHC clinics are run out of the Mount Isa and Cairns bases.

The clinics are run in a number of remote communities as seen on the map.

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