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Clinical Director - Remote and Rural Context - AU500k plus allowances - Australia

Consultant - Psychiatry
Ref: 4507 Date Posted: Tuesday 12 Sep 2017
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Senior Consultant/Staff Specialist with a love for the outback spirit required for Mount Isa, North West Queensland, working in a small hospital service that’s passionate about its local community.

If you have an interest in remote and rural mental health, or you’re looking for a total change in practise and experience, this role could be for you. 

Benefits include:

  • Total remuneration (depending on experience) in the region of AU500,000 plus oncall, callback and shift allowances.
  • Provide leadership in service development of the clinical services including the planning and "development of sustainable clinical programs and strategies."
  • Enjoy greater autonomy and responsibility.
  • Diverse patient mix.
  • Opportunity to develop interests in indigenous, rural and remote mental health.
  • Highly respected rural teaching hospital.
  • Very friendly communities. 

The Role

You will have FRANZCP or equivalent with additional experience of working in remote and rural communities. While not mandatory, an interest in Indigenous Health and addictions will also be well-regarded. If you are an overseas trained psychiatrist it is essential that you a) completed your specialist training in either NZ, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Canada or USA b) you have remote health experience c) in your basic or advanced training you completed at least 6 month rotations in CAMS and consultation liaison psychiatry.

Mount Isa includes a significant Indigenous population (26%) and is land of the Kalkadoon People. Medical Staff who relocate here become familiar with indigenous health issues and management, as well as rural and remote practice. Aside from mental health, case management often includes multiple chronic health problems such as Rheumatic Heart Disease, Diabetes and its associated complications (heart, liver and renal disease) as well as multiple other health problems.

As you can see, in this role there is a real opportunity to have incredible personal and professional experiences, making a huge contribution to health care and assisting a disadvantaged population group in remote Australia.

The Hospital

The North West Hospital and Health Service covers an area of over 300,000 square kilometres and services the rural and remote communities within North Western Queensland and the Gulf of Carpentaria. Geographically, the Health Service includes the City of Mount Isa and the towns and areas of Burketown, Camooweal, Cloncurry, Dajarra, Doomadgee, Julia Creek, Karumba, Normanton and Mornington Island.

Services include: Accident & Emergency; Aged Care; Anaesthetics; Community Health; Day Surgery; Dental Care; Dietetics; Family Planning; General Medicine; General Surgery; Intensive Care; Maternity; Medical Imaging incl CT, USS, Echo; Mental Health; Occupational Therapy; Oncology; Outpatients; Paediatrics; Palliative Care; Pathology; Pharmacy; Physiotherapy; Podiatry; Renal Unit; Sexual Health; Social Work; Speech Therapy. Multiple additional specialist services are provided on an outreach basis from Townsville, Cairns and Brisbane.

The Hospital values medical education and opportunities to be involved in research and disaster planning, and is accredited for training with the Rural Generalist Pathway for both Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

Mount Isa also has a Royal Flying Doctor Service base providing rural retrievals, transfers and numerous primary health care activities including clinics at the health centres mentioned above.

The Location
Mount Isa has a population of approx. 34,000 and is located approximately 1833 kilometres northwest of Brisbane and 900 kilometres from Townsville. Regular daily flights exist between Mount Isa and major centres. The age structure of the district is predominantly young; and the region supports greater than 50 nationalities. The economic basis for the community consists of mining, cattle, fishing and tourism, and the subsequent support structures of these industries.

The rugged countryside offers ample opportunity for day and weekend trips, no matter whether you are a camper, interested in 4x4, canoeing, luxury hotels or motel accommodation. Jump in the four wheel drive and explore the outback, do a bit of fishing, or camp out under the stars.

Check out this short video clip featuring Mount Isa

For further information please contact Al Spinner on +44 131 240 5276 or 

If this sounds like the perfect job you can apply using the blue button below. Or if you’d like to find out more about this job or have an informal chat, please get in touch with us:

Alasdair Spinner

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Tel: +44 (0)131 240 5276 LinkedIn