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  • Fantastic family lifestyle in tropical Queensland - dive the Great Barrier Reef or Sail the Whitsundays.
  • AUD$400+million redeveloped, state of the art hospital with leading edge technology including a completely integrated electronic medical record system.
  • Excellent transport links with direct flights to Sydney (2h10mins), Brisbane (1h20mins), Townsville (50mins) and Rockhampton (45mins) plus connections through to lots of other regional Queensland centres.
  • Competitive remuneration package, AUD$300 - 400 000+ depending on experience.
  • Excellent schooling options and affordable housing choose town, coast or country living.
  • This is the laidback lifestyle at its best.

The Hospital

Mackay Hospital has just recently undergone an AUD$408million investment project, expanding services significantly and increasing the bed capacity from 180 to 318 beds. The re-development includes a new emergency department, outpatients department, delivery suites and special care nursery, intensive care unit and coronary care unit, day surgery and operating theatre suite, inpatient surgical and medical wards, renal support services, dental, allied health and mental health facilities.

It is a digital hospital, equipped with leading edge technology to assist staff to provide the highest level of care and comfort to our patients. It is the first regional hospital in Queensland to have a complete, integrated, electronic medical record. In addition, a $1.5 million MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner allows for more medical imaging on-site.

The hospital provides services to a population of approximately 160,000 with 40,000 ED admissions annually. It is the main base hospital for the region, supporting 7 smaller facilities. It provides specialist services in obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics, orthopaedics, psychiatry, urology and oncology and many other specialty areas.  New services implemented in 2017 included ENT and a Step Up Step Down mental health service.

The department and role

The Mackay Base Hospital Orthopaedic Department has seven consultants (four full time and three part time).  All are generalists with special interests in sub-speciality areas such as hip and knee, shoulder, paediatrics or trauma. The department undertakes 1800 to 2000 surgeries annually. There are seven registrar positions including one training registrar. The department prides itself on a collaborative approach exemplifying mutual respect for one another.

You will help deliver a high quality, generalist specialist service with the Department of Orthopaedics at Mackay Hospital, providing, supervising and being responsible for the provision of clinical duties within the Department of Orthopaedics including inpatient care, pre- and post-operation, outpatient care, community care.  There will also be the opportunity to participate in outreach to rural facilities in the Whitsunday area (Bowen & Proserpine), and to develop and be actively involved in clinical audit, research and the quality assurance programming.  You will provide educational programs for medical students in the Orthopaedics Department, including developing a preceptor program for students undergoing their clinical immersions and will generally contribute actively in the education and training of interns and junior medical staff in Orthopaedics department. You will also have the chance to provide leave relief as the Clinical Director as required.

The Location

The Mackay region is a stunning part of Australia with its National Parks, the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. If you love the outdoor lifestyle, there are so many options, and its location affords you the opportunity to see and experience diverse marine and wild life - dolphins, whales, koalas, wallabies, platypuses

The area is well serviced by schools, shopping centres and recreational facilities while Mackay airport has daily flights to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne as well as other Queensland regional cities.

Real estate prices are affordable with a choice of town, coast or country living. The lifestyle is peaceful and serene here, there is so much to see and do – watch the world go by over a ‘flat white’ in one of the cute little cafes or share tapas and cocktails down by the Marina, sail the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands, and of course, dive the Great Barrier Reef. When you think of the Queensland lifestyle, this is it!

What can Head Medical do for you?

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Once we have secured a job for you, we’ll manage all the Medical Registration and Visa application process, and support you (and your family) with the relocation itself.


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