GP/VMO - Campbell Town

Campbell Town

Location: Northern Tasmania       Occupation: General Practitioner       Title Description: GP/VMO       Position Type: Full Time, Permanent      
DPA: Yes       MMM: 5       Moratorium Period: 7 years      

Great opportunity to take over a rural GP service only 45 minutes from Launceston in the heart of the northern Tasmanian midlands. Incentive grant available.

The Position

The Campbell Town Health and Community Service offers a range of primary health and community care services along with inpatient and residential aged care at the co-located district hospital. The service is operated by the Tasmanian Health Service under Primary Health North.

The co-located general practice service is provided by a privately owned practice and, due to the forthcoming retirement of the current owner, an opportunity exists for a new provider to take over the GP service and VMO support for the Tier 2 hospital. After-hours calls are triaged by the hospital, which provides a 24/7 service.

Currently the capacity of the general practice is approximately 1.5 FTE with Saturday and Sunday clinics between 3-4 pm covered by which ever doctor is on call. In the past on-call was shared with other doctors in the region (with a 1-2 night per week and usually 1:4 weekend commitment) and there may be the opportunity to negotiate a similar arrangement for the future. The general practice also provides care to the nursing home residents.

The space allocated to the general practice within the hospital is two consulting rooms, GP reception and a store room as well as shared space for the waiting area and this could be made available to the new practice under a commercial lease/licence agreement. The general practice is responsible for its own staffing, medical consumables, communications, IT (currently Medical Director), etc, with cleaning and lessor-type responsibilities undertaken by the community health service.

This opportunity would suit those with appropriate recent emergency experience and qualifications who are able to work on their own. For those who are yet to achieve vocational recognition, the wide variety of cases affords an excellent opportunity for learning on the job.

The Organisation

Campbell Town, just 45 minutes from Launceston airport on the Heritage Highway between Launceston and Hobart, has a population of about 800 and boasts a swathe of century old houses and convict-built structures. It is a busy town, being a popular stopping point for travellers.

A feature of the general practice service is its ability to provide continuity of care and having a stable patient population, which is almost exclusively rural. Your patients are “good hard-working families, who are all lovely”! The current practice employs a nurse two days per week and also a practice manager.

Campbell Town Health and Community Service has 20 residential aged care beds, six sub-acute beds, including a palliative care unit, and one emergency care bed. It coordinates the delivery of a range of services to the surrounding community, including community nursing, home help/personal care, full-time social work and mental health care, and a variety of visiting services (physiotherapy, optometry, dentistry, gerontology, audiology, podiatry and diabetes educator).

The Campbell Town Health and Community Service is a University of Tasmania Department of Rural Health teaching site providing facilities for students to stay and undertake clinical placements.

What's on offer?

  • Participation in the on-call roster has the capacity to significantly boost earnings
  • Incentive grant available from HR+
  • Eligible location for the Workforce Incentive Program
  • Eligibility for Rural Procedural Grants Program
  • Eligible location for the HR+ Health Workforce Scholarship Program, which offers generous funding for health professionals looking to extend the skills and services they can offer their community
  • DPA location (for those with a return of service obligation)
  • Eligible location for RVTS and ACRRM Independent Pathway
  • HR+ will organise a comprehensive orientation program on arrival, tailored to the new doctor’s needs

Application Instructions

Please contact Fran Robinson at HR+ for more information or apply now.

Date advertised: Thursday 25th June 2020
Northern Tasmania

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