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Director of Paediatrics
An exciting opportunity exists for a General Paediatrician wishing to make a real and enduring difference to the paediatric landscape of North Western Queensland. Remote Australia with its ruggedness and beauty also includes a diverse range of clinical pathology which is both engaging and challenging to clinicians of all disciplines. For an enthusiastic paediatrician, based in Mount Isa, the position offers a unique opportunity to influence the further development and expansion of paediatric services within the region, while also managing diverse and sometimes quite complex paediatric conditions rarely seen in metropolitan centres.
This leadership position offers a rich clinical environment embracing general paediatric medicine, community paediatrics as well as level 4 neonatology. The Mount Isa region has a population of 32,000 with 23% under 14 years of age and 15% identifying as indigenous Australians, with a substantial focus in health care delivery for this latter group. Furthermore, services are provided for patients from outside the region, especially the NT (Lake Nash and the Alpurrurulam Community), but also south of Mount Isa.
Some of the paediatric healthcare provision is provided to the wider region via telehealth and outreach clinics to towns and indigenous communities. The hospital is affiliated with James Cook University (Townsville) Medical School as a teaching hospital and is also accredited with the RACP for Advanced Registrar Training in General and Rural Paediatrics with Perinatal component, and for Core Clinical Training and AST training in Paediatrics with ACRRM and the Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway. Accordingly, teaching, training and research opportunities exist within the scope of this position.
An attractive remuneration package exists to appropriately compensate for the workload and the location. Both the organisation and its Executive are highly supportive of the paediatric team which has a high profile within the community of North Western Queensland. Any paediatrician that may be less challenged within an urban environment is likely to find substantial satisfaction and meaningful community engagement when working in Mount Isa.
Should you be looking for a challenge and opportunity to demonstrate both clinical leadership and sound clinical skills in Paediatrics, Mount Isa is a place that you should consider being the Clinical Director. The Paediatric services at Mount Isa Hospital is staffed by a Director of Paediatrics and two Senior Medical Officers/Staff Specialists Paediatrics. The work involves public clinics as well as a 24/7 roster to attend and care for Emergency Department presentations and inpatients in the 10 bed children's ward, the 3 bed Level 4 nursery birth related emergencies.
Most referrals for admission arise from acute presentations to the Emergency Department, however on occasion patients may also be admitted from specialist outreach Outpatient Clinics or are referred to Mount Isa Hospital fro....