Pilbara - Port Hedland

Vacancy Number: 1355

General Practitioner

DPA/DWS location - A chance to work in a fast paced, exciting role for an Australian icon has arisen. Come and see the outback with the Royal Flying Doctor Service! Working with a team of supportive staff, this role will combine emergency medicine with rural general practice, 80% retrievals/20% clinics. A full time retrieval doctor is required for the Royal Flying Doctor Service's Port Hedland base. Working nine shifts per fortnight (both day and night shifts) this position would suit a career doctor or proceduralist general practitioner with acute care experience. You will also be require to service the outlying clinics in Nullagine, Marble Bar and Yandeyarra. Significant post-graduate experience is required (between five and seven years). Must have significant Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Anaesthetics (difficult airway management) and Paediatrics experience. Candidates who do not possess all of the above skills are unsuitable for RFDS. Applicants will be involved in providing a range of clinical services including Telemedicine, Aeromedical Retrievals and Flying Medical Clinics. Employment is for a minimum of 12 months but doctors usually stay much longer. A comprehensive formal training program is provided in Perth at commencement. This is a unique opportunity for highly skilled medical practitioners to take a break from the ordinary and experience work as a flying doctor in outback Australia. Position start date April/May 2020.

The Practice Private, group practice. Provide weekly GP clinics to Marble Bar, Yandeyarra and Nullargine. No GP services at Port Hedland base. 24 hour on-call for aeromedical retrievals and remote telemedicine consults
The Requirements
  • Obstetrics: Desirable
  • Anaesthetics: Essential
  • Emergency: Essential
  • Other Skills: Paediatrics procedural skills essential
  • On call: Nine shifts per fortnight
The Package
  • Remuneration: $357,109 per annum plus superannuation. Salary includes on call and professional development allowance.
  • Accommodation: An air-conditioned home is provided.
  • Vehicle: An air-conditioned, fully maintained and serviced vehicle will be provided, including fuel.
  • Leave: Annual leave of seven weeks per year, two weeks study leave and additional (unpaid) procedural skills leave.
  • Agreement: Salary packaging available. Sabbatical Leave of five weeks after five years continuous service. Laptop and Smartphone provided.
  • Other details: A Performance Bonus payment of 12 weeks' base salary is payable on the completion of three years continuous remote base service. Also access to funding under Training for Rural & Remote Procedural GP Program and Rural Incentive Payment.
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.