Pilbara - Pannawonica

Vacancy Number: 1536

General Practitioner

Full time general practitioner required for this small remote mining town in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Pannawonica is a closed Rio Tinto mining town, with a very close-knit community that has a lot of fun! The town itself has great facilities and is not far from the regional hub of Karratha and other attractions of the Pilbara. The successful candidate will require the right temperament to engage with this small town and its people. Practice policies and procedures must be adhered to, and on-call will be required with additional payment.

The Practice Private, solo practice. Fully equipped practice with 2 bed treatment room and multiple consult rooms, owned by Rio Tinto and managed by Karratha Healthcare.
The Requirements
  • Emergency: Desirable
  • Other Skills: Home visits for callout emergencies will be required.
  • On call: On call required
The Package
  • Remuneration: $1500 per day which equates to around $380,000 per annum. No superannuation. Monday to Friday 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 5pm. On call payment of $300 per call out if required.
  • Accommodation: A fully furnished two bedroom duplex is provided
  • Vehicle: Vehicle supplied by the practice.
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.