Pilbara - Newman

Vacancy Number: 1543

General Practitioner

An experienced General Practitioner is required for this new Aboriginal Medical Service Clinic in Newman. The position involves working within a multicultural organisation where the majority of staff, clients and stakeholders identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Candidates must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The clinic operates four remote sites, three of which have a team of one nurse and a range of ancillary workers. Although the successful candidate will have a substantive location (Newman) you must be prepared from time to time to work across any one of these sites should you be required. This clinic operates in some of the most remote parts of Australia and staff are required to be proficient at driving a 4WD vehicle and willing to fly in light aircraft. If you are ready to further your career and work in a state of the art facility in a unique location, then this could be the ultimate opportunity for you!

The Practice Private, group practice. The Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service (PAMS) is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service located in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia and provides comprehensive and culturally appropriate primary health care services to the Martu people of Newman and the four remote Aboriginal communities of Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji. Our passionate and multidisciplinary team of qualified and experienced health professionals including GP’s, Remote Area Nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers provide holistic and high quality health care to clients throughout the region. Due to expand its services in July 2020, PAMS will be opening a new clinic in Newman referred to as ‘The Newman Clinic’. Linking residents with a range of healthcare providers, the Newman Clinic will be the centre for primary health care services for Aboriginal people living in Newman and the surrounding areas. This is an exciting time to join a growing organisation and contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of the local Aboriginal community.
The Package
  • Remuneration: Circa $280,000 pa commensurate with qualifications, skills and experience + super + salary sacrifice. Access to generous salary packaging options which will greatly increase your take home pay.
  • Accommodation: Accommodation and subsidised utilities provided.
  • Vehicle: Motor vehicle use provided.
  • Leave: 6 weeks’ annual leave + 17.5% leave loading. Study leave options available.
  • Agreement: Employee Agreement. Support to further invest in your career through additional training + study leave options. Retention Initiatives in accordance with the PAMS Employee Remuneration Policy.
  • Other details: Relocation Assistance. Mobile Phone Allowance. 2 x paid return flights from Newman to place of origin within Australia per financial year. Employee Assistance Program.
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.