General Practitioner - Senior Medical Officer

Job No: 134677
Location: Derby

Multiple opportunities available to work with Aboriginal communities in a spectacular region!
Attractive remuneration up to $350,000 inc. super, salary packaging, relocation assistance & more!
Enjoy 6 weeks of annual leave and explore the magnificent sights of the Kimberley region!


About Derby Aboriginal Health Service

Derby Aboriginal Health Service (DAHS) is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) providing holistic primary health care services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Derby and surrounding communities. DAHS provides a wide range of innovative public health programs in addition to direct comprehensive primary health care services. It is required to comply with a number of Service Agreements with Commonwealth and State departments and agencies, and to operate with a number of government and private medical and health delivery organisations.

The DAHS team are an energetic, enthusiastic and highly motivated group of professionals who are dedicated to providing quality health care to rural communities. They are tight-knit and people-oriented, encouraging regular discussion among colleagues and prioritising group gatherings and collaboration. DAHS creates an open, supportive working environment for their team to grow and build long-lasting friendships!

About the Opportunity

Derby Aboriginal Health Service (DAHS) is now seeking a full-time General Practitioner and a Senior Medical Officer to join their team in Derby, WA.

As General Practitioner, reporting to the Senior Medical Officer, you will be responsible for providing clinical care in Derby and surrounding communities, in line with regional best practice guidelines and protocols, and accepted professional standards.

More specifically, some of your day-to-day duties will include:

  • Work with colleagues and clients in a framework of cultural safety which respects local cultural beliefs and practices;
  • Provide clinical services in the Derby town-based clinic as part of the regular DAHS GP roster;
  • Provide clinical services to clients in remote communities via day trips according to a set roster;
  • Provide home visits to palliative clients unable to attend the town-based clinic; and
  • Contribute to the development and expansion of preventive and population health programs.

To download a full position description, please click here.

As Senior Medical Officer, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, you will be responsible for providing clinical care in Derby and surrounding communities (optional), whilst also managing and mentoring a team of up to 9 General Practitioners.

More specifically, some of your day-to-day duties will include:

  • Providing clinical care in line with regional best practice guidelines and protocols, and accepted professional standards;
  • Managing the GP team rostering, professional development and clinical concerns;
  • Attending regular meetings with the wider Senior Management team to discuss organisational concerns and clinical direction;
  • Liaising with external local health services including the hospital and affiliated Nursing Home; and
  • Supervising and training health staff, medical students and GP registrars.

To download a full position description, please click here.

About You

To be considered for either position, you must be a Vocationally Registered General Practitioner with demonstrated experience in general practice and eligibility for registration as a medical practitioner in WA.

For the Senior Medical Officer position, ideally you will have experience working at a senior management level, however this is not essential as long as working experience can be demonstrated.

You should possess strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders. You will also need to be a confident communicator who is able to engage with a variety of personalities and appropriately with ATSI people.

It is also essential that you are able to demonstrate knowledge of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS), Aboriginal culture and the relevant issues facing these groups.

Please note: You will be required to complete a Federal Police clearance prior to employment. You must also hold a current, unrestricted Australian driver's licence.

About the Benefits

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a genuinely supportive organisation providing important services to empower Aboriginal people.

In return for your hard work and dedication, the successful applicants will be rewarded with a highly attractive salary package of $330,000 for the General Practitioner and $350,000 for the Senior Medical Officer.

This includes access to the following benefits:

  • Salary sacrificing up to $30,000;
  • $5,000 relocation assistance;
  • Accommodation provided (2-3 bedroom house including all utilities paid);
  • Internet and phone allowance;
  • Vehicle and fuel provided;
  • Annual airfare allowance (for the Senior Medical Officer);
  • 2 weeks study leave;
  • 6 weeks annual leave;
  • Medical indemnity insurance;
  • Workforce incentive scheme of $16,000 - $60,000 per year (click here for more info);
  • Rural procedural grant (click here for more info); and
  • Rural Health West: Health workforce scholarship scheme - up to $10,000 per year for professional development costs (click here for more info).

About the Region

Located in Australia's north-west pocket, the Kimberleys are renowned for their dramatic gorges, picturesque coastline, and rugged landscape. Bordered by the Indian Ocean, Timor Sea, and the Great Sandy and Tanami Deserts, the Kimberleys offers unique wilderness experiences for international and national visitors and locals alike.

The town of Derby (220km east of Broome) is known as the western gateway to the outback along the Gibb River Road and offers beautiful sunsets, a variety of fishing spots, and the outlying mangroves attract over 210 bird species. The town offers something for everyone, from social sports to art galleries, and has ample activities available to keep you busy!

People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you want to support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal people in a vibrant, remote community — Apply Now!

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