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Urgent Care Doctor - salaried or self employed - Perth - Australia

General Practitioner - General Practitioner
Ref: 3276 Date Posted: Wednesday 04 Jan 2017
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This is unusual opportunity for a GP with an interest in urgent care to work in a GP practice.

The aim of the client is to provide timely and high-quality care for patients who have a problem that is urgent, but not an emergency. They operate from 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week, within the treatment room of an independent GP group. Positions are located at Cockburn Central, Joondalup, and Armadale.

During the operating hours of the urgent care service, the treatment room staff consists of a nursing team, an ambulance paramedic, and one or more doctors. X-ray services operate continuously during these hours. Patients attend without an appointment and are seen in the order in which they arrive (unless the clinical picture dictates otherwise).

The GP group operates a number of general practice medical centres, finished and equipped to a high standard. Each centre has a central treatment room tailored towards the provision of walk-in care. The treatment room consists of an elevated nurses station, facing onto multiple curtained treatment bays. X-ray is present on site, as are casting and fracture management equipment. There are two theatres for minor surgical procedures such as suturing or incision and drainage. These facilities are not hospitals or emergency departments, nor do they claim to be. However, where a patient has a stable fracture, a laceration, or a minor ailment which does not require hospitalisation, the practices have all the facilities needed to provide excellent care.

The Doctor’s Role

Your role as a doctor is simple: assist in the provision of excellent and timely medical care for patients attending the service. Certain competencies are particularly necessary:

  1. Fracture management i.e. clinical exam, x-ray interpretation, liaison with orthopaedics on call (nurses will look after casting/splinting. Ortho are on call for advice re images or management)
  2. Suturing/Wound management
  3. Examination of eyes and removal of foreign bodies
  4. Efficient time management (to cope with busy periods)
  5. Clerical speed and accuracy (a brief discharge summary must be generated for all patients)
  6. The ability to recognise and safely re-direct clinical presentations unsuitable for urgent care (e.g. to ED, GP or community mental health service)

You can earn a base salary of $250k + benefits or you can work on  a self- employed basis earning $1500 for an 8am-3pm shift and $2000 for a 3pm to 10pm shift.

Doctors can work a hybrid role where they are a GP at the practice and also do some urgent care shifts too.  

The Location
The area is popular with Australians and UK expats coming to live in Perth due to its proximity to the city and the beach. The area has a relaxed and cosmopolitan feel with a great choice of restaurants and cafes.

The practices are in close proximity to Perth CBD. There are excellent schools in the local areas; both private and government; primary and secondary.

Perth is located along the waters of the Swan River and the west of the city runs along the Indian Ocean. It is the state capital of Western Australia and home to around 1.6 million people. It is a highly multi-cultural city and a top choice for UK expats.

Perth is great for families with beautiful beaches to the north and south of the city. The clean, clear coastline offer great spots for swimming, surfing and watersports. Perth has a fantastic social scene with plenty of alfresco style cafes and restaurants. For further information on Perth city please see

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.


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:

Vicki McLaren

Head of International GP Recruitment

Tel: +44 (0) 131 240 5263