Pilbara - South Hedland

Vacancy Number: 1243

Full time salaried Senior Medical Officer role available at this Aboriginal Medical Service in this close knit rural community in the heart of the Pilbara. A strong leader is required to drive accountability and quality improvement of systems and practises. Fully furnished home plus vehicle provided, no on call required.

The Practice AMS, group practice. ACCHS situated in South Hedland across from the hospital. Open 0830-1700hrs, Monday -Friday. No on call or weekends. Home visits on demand and visits performed weekly to the the local Aged Care facility.
The Requirements
  • Obstetrics: Desirable
  • On call: Nil
The Package
  • Renumeration: $250,000 - $350,000 depending on experience, plus super.
  • Accommodation: Fully furnished house provided
  • Vehicle: Vehicle provided
  • Leave: Five weeks annual leave
  • Other details: Relocation assistance will be determined on a case by case basis.
Map of Pilbara


The Pilbara is located about 1600 kilometres north of Perth, in the north-west region of Western Australia, with an area of around 500,000 square kilometres and a population of approximately 40,000 people. The primary towns are Karratha and Port Hedland on the coast, and Tom Price and Newman inland.

An area of rugged beauty, the Pilbara has a vast coastal plain, spectacular inland ranges and an arid desert region reaching into the centre of Australia. It is characterised by the rich red hues of its landscape, imparted by the abundance of natural riches in its reserves of iron ore. Mining and offshore oil and gas exploration have given rise to the Pilbara’s economic boom in recent years, drawing large numbers of people to the region on both a temporary and permanent basis.

It has a tropical, semi-desert climate with a mainly summer rainfall associated with thunderstorms. From October to April temperatures throughout the region generally exceed 32 degrees celsius every day, sometimes topping 40 degrees, particularly in inland areas.

There are approximately 46 doctors working in the region in various areas, including general practices, Aboriginal Medical Services, hospitals and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.