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Consultant Ophthalmologist – Unique opportunity to work in a stunning location, making a real humanitarian difference with an excellent package and the work life balance to enjoy it – Alice Springs - Australia

Consultant - Ophthalmology
Ref: 4845 Date Posted: Thursday 21 Dec 2017
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  • Opportunity to make a real difference to your patient’s quality of life in a unique environment and to gain experience in indigenous healthcare and culture.
  • Lucrative remuneration package up to AUD$ 450,000 + additional benefits
  • Established, well-resourced teaching hospital with brand new EM department, MRI, ICU, a new medical research library (with after-hours access) and a teaching auditorium currently being built.
  • Significant tourist population means regular direct flights to every major city.
  • Alice Springs amenities include: Olympic sized pool, cinema, restaurants, cafes, bars, art galleries
  • Very friendly, social and international medical community.

The Role and Hospital

You will provide first class general ophthalmology services to Alice Springs Hospital as well as outreach clinics in remoter areas.  You will have the opportunity work with all resident and visiting eye specialists to ensure schedules, workplans and on-call responsibilities are shared.  You will supervise junior medical staff and students while leading by example to promote a culture of collaboration, learning and research.

You will have completed your specialist training and have had a minimum of 3 years service as a Consultant Ophthalmologist within a general context.  Supervision is available for international candidates and while it would be ideal if you have had a Substantially or Partially Comparable outcome from RANZCO, this is not a must have as both the Hospital and Head Medical will help guide you through this process.

Alice Springs is a major regional centre. The hospital has 160 beds servicing an area of approx. 1,000,000 km2. It is associated with Flinders and Sydney University.  The hospital has a brand new ICU, Emergency Department, AUD$14m teaching auditorium, medical library and AUD$45m renal research centre. The population served is 50,000 of whom 38% are Indigenous Australians.

The Location

The town is dynamic and progressive. It is a friendly and relaxed community - a great place to live. Alice Springs is a major Australian tourist destination for visitors. This mean transport links and town facilities are excellent with daily flights to all the major metropolitan cities. The natural environment in the area is simply spectacular and if you love the outdoors it is a playground like no other. Gorges, canyons, waterfalls – perfect for canyoning, mountain biking or simply exploring.
Alice Springs is the starting point for those visiting the incredible natural landmarks of Uluru, The Olga’s and Kings Canyon. And being so close to the desert, you can see some spectacular night skies. 
Here, in ‘Alice’, you feel a real sense of Australia’s history with the fusion of indigenous and pioneering cultures still in evidence today.
You can also embrace the modern lifestyle with great restaurants where you can dine al fresco enjoying a myriad of flavours from Thai, Indian and Italian food to the internationally emerging bush foods with its indigenous delicacies; cafes with fabulous coffee; the local shopping mall with all the classic Australian high street labels; frequent art exhibitions featuring indigenous artists as well as other visiting shows. Ladies Day at the Racecourse is an event not to be missed, but maybe you just fancy a round of golf at the Alice Springs Golf Club, and for the more adventurous, there’s nothing quite like four-wheel-driving through the desert, or having a family fun day out at The Camel Cup, one of the most anticipated annual events.
There is a range of both public and private schools and housing is very affordable.  It is a multicultural community with many different nationalities represented, and while it might be a relatively small town, local residents welcome newcomers and the Hospital team really go out of their way to help people settle in to life here. 

In representing Alice Springs we pay respect to the traditional custodians, ancestors and continuing cultural, spiritual and religious practices of the Arrernte people.


What Head Medical can do for you

Arranging a position overseas is very exciting, but we understand that it can also be daunting and time consuming. We’re the UK's specialist in international medical recruitment and we‘ve helped many Doctors relocate since we first started out in 2008 (you can read what people have said about working with us on our testimonials page). We know it’s important to balance career opportunities with lifestyle and we’ll talk through your plans and will get to know you to make sure we find the right role in the right location.

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


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:

Eunan O'Brien

Recruitment Consultant

Tel: +44 (0)131 240 5271