Pilbara - Karratha

Vacancy Number: 1374

General Practitioner

DPA/DWS location - Work in one of the largest multi-disciplinary health centre that attracts patients from the local Karratha community, in a District of Workforce Shortage region, providing quality family and industry-related medical care to an average of 160 patients per week. Karratha is one of the largest cities in the picturesque Pilbara region of Western Australia, with the practice treating a variety of clinical presentations, inherent to a rural environment, from most of the active mines in the area. Working alongside six General Practitioners, there is ample support available with an on-site Medical Director and facilities including a multi-bed treatment room, allied health and Western Diagnostic Pathology collection facility. Seeking experienced General Practitioners with speciality interests including (but not limited to) Occupational Health and Medicals, Skin and Cosmetic, Mental Health and Chronic Disease Management.

The Practice Private, group practice.
The Requirements
  • On call: On call not required.
The Package
  • Remuneration: 65% of billings which equates to approximately $400,000 per annum. No superannuation.
  • Leave: Five weeks unpaid leave per annum.
  • Agreement: Independent Contractor agreement.
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.