Kimberley - Broome

Vacancy Number: 1356

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. A full time retrieval doctor is required for the Royal Flying Doctor Service's Broome 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. 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.

The Practice RFDS, group practice. Aeromedical retrieval and inter-hospital transfer service, Telehealth, Primary health care.
The Requirements
  • Obstetrics: Essential
  • Anaesthetics: Essential
  • Emergency: Essential
  • On call: Will be required.
The Package
  • Remuneration: $351,831 per annum plus superannuation. Salary includes on call and professional development allowance.
  • Accommodation: An air-conditioned three or four bedroom house will be provided and all utilities are paid by the RFDS.
  • Vehicle: An air-conditioned, fully maintained and serviced vehicle will be provided, including fuel.
  • Leave: Annual leave of seven or eight weeks annual leave 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. Costs provided by RFDS to attend one of the following courses per year - EMST, ETM, APLS or ALSO.
  • Other details: A Performance Bonus payment of 12 weeks' base salary is payable on the completion of three years remote base service. Also access to funding under Training for Rural & Remote Procedural GP Program and Rural Incentive Payment.
Map of Kimberley


The Kimberley is located in the north-west region of Western Australia. It covers an area of 421,451 square kilometres, an area three times the size of England, but is home to only 35,748 people. A relatively high proportion of the residents are Aboriginal Australians. The population swells seasonally with an influx of tourists and a mobile working population.

The major towns of the Kimberley include Broome and Derby on the west coast, with Kununurra and Wyndham in the east. Within this vast landscape there is a huge diversity of scenery to be explored and adventures to be experienced. Broome enjoys a laid-back tropical ambience whilst the ranges of the East Kimberley showcase the awe-inspiring grandeur and beauty that nature has created. Venturing into this land imparts a unique sense of connection with an ancient and unspoiled part of Australia. Travels across the Kimberley will yield tropical beaches, rugged ranges, spectacular gorges, waterfalls, caves, pockets of lush rainforest and an astounding variety of wildlife.

The region has a thriving economy, based on both tourism and the richness of its natural resources. It enjoys regular commercial flights from Perth and interstate capital cities. The Kimberley has a tropical summer and dry winter and this diverse climate changes the landscape from season to season.

There are approximately 70 general practitioners including GP registrars in the region, nine in private practice, 33 in Aboriginal Medical Services, two in the Royal Flying Doctor Service and 26 hospital based general practitioners.