Goldfields - Esperance

Vacancy Number: 1511

General Practitioner

DWS/DPA location - We are looking for a new doctor in a temporary to permanent position covering Esperance Emergency department from mid-January 2020 for at least 6 months, possibly to be extended. Would work as a VMO at the hospital under Recherche Medical Centre. Quite a few weekend and evening shifts, but NO nights (an attractive and unusual prospect for an Emergency department position, because the nights are covered as on-call by the local GPs) Day shifts are 8am-4pm; evenings are 2pm-10pm. There is one doctor in the department, except for 2-4pm when the morning and day shifts crossover. There is also a nurse practitioner assisting in the ED during the day. This position is to work entirely in the emergency department and not the general practice. Esperance is an incredibly beautiful place with great surf and beaches, how could you go wrong.

The Practice Private, group practice. We are a friendly family practice, comprising of Procedural General Practitioners who are active members of the Esperance community and long term residents of Esperance. We provide all aspects of primary medical care. We have recently expanded, and invested in a new purpose built medical centre in order to be able to improve our service to the community.
The Requirements
  • Emergency: Essential
  • Other Skills: WACHS emergency credentialing, (the Emergency certificate or diploma, or significant Emergency experience)
  • On call: Daytime shift work only.
The Package
  • Remuneration: 4 shifts a week (negotiable) 8 hour shifts either 8am-4pm or 2pm-10pm, $180 an hour (totals $1440 a shift)
Map of Goldfields


The Eastern Goldfields is the largest region in Western Australia. It covers almost one third of the State and has a population of about 54,000. More than half of the region’s residents live in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Esperance, on the southern coast, is the second largest centre with a population of around 13,000.

The Kalgoorlie region has been historically significant in the development of Western Australia, as the centre of the gold rush in the 1890s. As well as reminders of those times in the buildings and institutions around the city, there is still a plethora of natural bounty to be enjoyed in its eucalyptus forests, wide sweeping plains and abundance of wildlife. The cultural mix found in the region is also rich, with a melding of Indigenous and European heritages that has created an area of unique character. To the southern edge of the region the pristine beaches provide a stunning backdrop to Australia’s southern ocean, reached through a corridor of National Parks and wide swathes of unspoiled natural beauty.

The primary industries in the cooler southern part of the region are fishing and farming. The warm, dry northern areas are dominated by gold and nickel mining and industry-related services.

About 50 general practitioners work in the region across 22 practices, including Aboriginal Medical Services and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Kalgoorlie is well serviced by specialists.