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General Practitioner

Scout Talent

  • Are you a passionate GP ready to make a difference in rural and remote communities?
  • Enjoy an attractive base salary circa $252 826, plus a range of great benefits!
  • Generous 6 weeks leave per year, giving you time to explore the magnificent sights of the Kimberley region.

About the Opportunity

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services currently has unique opportunities for a General Practitioner (GP) to join the Kimberley Renal Services on a full-time basis - with positions available in Broome, Derby and Kununurra.

Working as part of a multidisciplinary team and supported by the Royal Perth Hospital nephrology service, you will have the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of chronic disease management. The Kimberley Renal Services GP contributes medical expertise to enhancing regional efforts in the prevention, early detection and better management of chronic kidney disease, and to ensure optimum care for clients on renal replacement therapies within the Kimberley region.

You will work closely with other health organisations in the region to cultivate strategic alliances that will strengthen Aboriginal health policy and practice in the Kimberley.

Core duties:
  • Provide medical support to the comprehensive care of patients receiving haemodialysis at KRS Renal Health Centres (RHC) in collaboration with the Kimberley Renal Services Renal Service Managers (RSM), the visiting Nephrologist, Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) and regional health services.
  • Review pathology monthly for patients receiving haemodialysis at KRS RHC and work closely with the RHC team to ensure key performance indicator targets are achieved
  • Check and action pathology results and inbound correspondence in a timely manner in line with accepted professional standards, and ensuring accurate medical records are maintained in the MMEx patient record
  • Participate in health education and counselling to patients in a culturally appropriate manner utilizing other healthcare staff
  • Ensure that revenue is maximized by claiming the appropriate Medicare Benefits Schedule
  • Provide clinical supervision and support to medical students, pre-vocational doctors, Aboriginal Health Worker trainees and other staff in training As part of the role, you will need to be available for after-hours and weekend duties as rostered to provide phone advice on clients with renal disease in the Kimberley region, with support from the Royal Perth Nephrology team.
 About You 

This role will provide you with an unbeatable opportunity to learn about remote healthcare, and about renal care. You do not have to be a renal specialist, as KAMS, in partnership with the Royal Perth Hospital, will provide extensive training to help you succeed in the field. 

What you'll need to be successful:
  • Eligible for registration in WA:
  • Considerable postgraduate experience
  • Commitment to the philosophy and practice of Aboriginal Community Control
  • Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to act as an effective member of a multidisciplinary health team
  • Federal Police Clearance

As part of this role, you will travel occasionally by air in small planes and/or by road to visit neighbouring remote communities and experience parts of Australia that many never get the opportunity to see. You will need a current open Driver's License and be comfortable travelling under these conditions. 

Be rewarded

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Ltd (KAMS) is an organisation that truly values its team, and is committed to improving employee knowledge, skills and experience. This is a highly attractive opportunity for people with an interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, to make a real difference in local communities. 

For your hard work and dedication to this role, you will receive:
  • An attractive base salary circa $252 826 pro rata
  • Accommodation provided or allowance $7,800, depending on candidate preference;
  • Mobile phone allowance up to $50 per month;
  • Relocation allowance available;
  • Generous 6 weeks leave per year, giving you time to explore the magnificent sights of the Kimberley region!

People who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander are encouraged to apply.

About the Organisation

The successful applicant will be employed by KAMS.

KAMS is a well-established regional Aboriginal community controlled health service, founded in 1986, which provides centralised advocacy and resource support for 6 independent member services, as well as providing direct clinical services in a further 6 remote Aboriginal communities across the region. KAMS is a well-established regional Aboriginal community controlled health service, founded in 1986, which provides centralised advocacy and resource support for 6 independent member services, as well as providing direct clinical services in a further 6 remote Aboriginal communities across the region.

Kimberley Renal Services (KRS) includes 4 Renal Health Centres based in Fitzroy Crossing, Broome, Kununurra, and Derby and a mobile prevention unit.

The incidence of Kidney Disease in the Kimberley is one of the highest in Australia. Chronic Kidney disease (CKD) and End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) incidence within the Aboriginal population of the Kimberley greatly exceeds the national burden of disease. Dialysis prevalence for this region has more than tripled in the last decade and is increasing at a much faster rate than in the rest of Western Australia (WA).

KRS and the regional Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) have developed a renal strategic plan to help combat this health crisis. This has enabled many patients to return to the Kimberley from Perth, which is 2,500kms away, to receive their treatment.

About the Kimberley Region

The Kimberley region is located in the northern part of Western Australia and covers about 421,000 square kilometres. The Kimberley has only three towns with a population of more than 2,000 (Broome, Derby and Kununurra), and the total population is around 37,000. In addition to the sealed Route 1 which runs along the southern part of the area, the unsealed Gibb River Road runs through the heart of the region from Derby to the highway near Kununurra. Access to much of the region is by dirt road, air or sea.

Industries in the region have included pearling (a big industry in Broome for many years until the 1940s), mining (including the Argyle Diamond mine, which began operation in 1983 and is still producing about 1/3 of the world's diamonds), agriculture (centred on the Ord River Irrigation Area near Lake Argyle) and tourism. The geology of the area is varied and fascinating, as well as producing some spectacular scenery.

 

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General PractitionersScout Talent
Location WA
Job Reference Number 137685
Classification General Practitioners
Sub Classification General Practitioners
Job Type Full Time
Estimated Salary Package $252,826
Closing Date 04-02-2022

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