Working as a Locum Rural Generalist in Queensland

By , Melinda McCarthy published on 17/05/2023 Rural Generalism,

Ochre Recruitment is proud to offer Rural Generalists an array of GP/ED, GP/Obs & GP/Anaes locums in hospitals throughout Queensland. These positions provide General Practitioners with advanced ED skills the chance to practice a broad scope of medicine where no two days are the same. We have a proud history of providing key rural employment opportunities for GPs, and offer the most comprehensive range of rural GP jobs in Australia.

What are the benefits of Working as a Rural Generalist in Hospitals in Queensland?

  • Working as a Rural GP Locum for hospitals in Queensland provides you with a unique opportunity to utilise your advanced ED skills, anaesthetics, surgery and general medicine interests while also providing GP consults. If you enjoy a broader scope of work, you will thrive on the diversity and challenges that come with rural GP locum roles;
  • You will function with a high degree of autonomy;
  • Moreover, the work is essential in ensuring that Queensland hospitals continue to provide high-quality healthcare services to rural and remote communities. Rest assured you will leave your locum feeling valued and that you have made a difference to permanent staff and communities;
  • Furthermore, this opportunity allows you to grow professionally by working in a new environment, spotting new challenges, developing new skills, and expanding your networks;
  • In the more rural and remote regions of Queensland, you will experience Australia without the urban lens;
  • You'll earn top rates while visiting parts of Queensland you may not have seen before.

Where Can I work as a Rural GP Locum in Queensland?

There are so many great spots in the Sunshine State. You could choose to stay on the coast, venture into the Hinterland regions, take the road less travelled to the West, or head to Far North Queensland. We've chosen three destinations to take a look at today.

Doomadgee | $2,600 per day | Multiple 7 day locums available from 24 July - 18 December

Get your cultural fix in the township of Doomadgee, home to The Gangalidda, Waanyi, Garrawa and Yunjulla people. With access to the coast, freshwater rivers, Lawn Hill National Park the region has a rich cultural history, along with being an angler’s heaven and nature lover’s delight. Doomadgee is a gateway to the far north of Outback Queensland and all its gems.

In and around Doomadgee you'll kayak down the beautiful Nicholson River, fish for Barramundi, Salmon catfish, Sooty Grunter, Brim and Crayfish, attend a rodeo, take a scenic flight to Hells Gate and Mornington Island and if you time your visit correctly, you'll catch some morning glory in Burketown, a rare meteorological phenomenon that creates amazing cloud formations from late September to early November.

Nicholson River

If you're a nature lover, you won't want to leave Boodjamulla (meaning Rainbow Serpent Country in the local indigenous language) National Park.  There are walks, lookouts, guided tours and canoeing. Take a life-enriching cruise through the towering ochre weathered colours cliffs, best done at sunset, and follow anyone of the numerous hiking trails to a cool pool for a refreshing dip.

Back at work, you'll enjoy the autonomy of being the sole doctor and on call for the ED 24/7. Doomadgee Hospital is a Level 2 remote hospital under the Rural and Remote Clinical Services Capability Framework, with four inpatient beds, two renal chairs and two ED beds. The facility provides 24-hour acute inpatient and accident and emergency care. Culturally appropriate care is provided by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, nursing, medical, administration and operational staff.

Doomadgee Community Health Centre is staffed by nurses and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers. The team work in partnership with hospital staff and other agencies to provide health assessments, chronic disease management and coordination of visiting services. The model of care includes clinical review, health education and promotion programs.

Hughenden | $2,600 per day | 29 May - 31 July | Come for 2 weeks or more!

Porcupine Gorge National Park

If you are looking for an outback adventure, "Hughie" is your perfect base and starting point. Enjoy a stroll along the diverse bioregions of the Flinders Shire at Eco Walk on Flinders, explore the wilderness of Porcupine Gorge, our own ‘little grand canyon’, take in the sunset atop Mount Walker or marvel at the Basalt Byway with its amazing flora and fauna.

Get lost in the history of the most exciting kind – Journey along Australia’s Dinosaur Trail. Over 3,000 fossil specimens from the cretaceous period have been found around the Hughenden district. If you're lucky enough to be in Hughenden in April, you'll soak up live music, art, workshops, and cultural events at the 3-day Festival of Outback Skies.

Workwise, we are looking for a GP with ED skills to act as Medical Superintendent for 2 weeks or more during the period 29 May - 31 July. The GP Clinic is open Monday to Friday 9 - 5pm, where ED Triage 4 & 5 are seen. Triage 1, 2, and 3 are seen in the 15-bed hospital

Bamaga | $2,500 per day | Various blocks available 3 July - 30 Nov

A trip to Bamaga will immerse you in the remote and rugged beauty of Australia’s northern Cape York Peninsula. Cape York is a bucket-list destination for those serious about their fishing. With the largest diversity of fish species in Australia and the ability to fish all year round, there is something for every type of angler.

Fruitbait Falls in Jardine River

The Bamaga airstrip was constructed during WWII as a substitute base for bomber planes and is still in use today. The town is just a 2-hour flight from Cairns. If you feel like hitting the road, Cape York is also the ultimate self-drive holiday, with some of the best 4WD routes in the country.

During your remote locum adventure in Far North QLD, you'll be working with 3 other Doctors and a fantastic team of hospital staff. Shifts in the hospital are 8am to 4:30pm with out-of-hours on-call one night in 4. The roster allows for one-weekend on-call per fortnight. 

You must be an experienced rural Doctor who has experience working in rural communities. Specialist AHPRA registration and recent ED experience and certification are also essential.


How can we help you locum in Queensland?

  • As a leading recruitment agency in Australia, we have a portfolio of clients offering exciting opportunities to GP ED VMOs with advanced ED skills;
  • Our personalised approach, coupled with decades of experience in the sector, gives us a clear perspective of your work preferences, which enables us to match you to the right facility;
  • Our onboarding support ensures that your transition to a Queensland hospital will be seamless.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What qualifications do I need to work as a Locum Rural Generalist in Queensland? You will need to be a Vocationally Registered General Practitioner (FRACGP or FACRRM) preferably with prior experience in a rural setting. Current ALS2 or equivalent is essential.
  2. How long are the contracts for Locum Rural Generalists positions in Queensland? The length of contracts varies from hospital to hospital, from one-off shifts to six-month assignments. If a facility has an ongoing requirement, clients prefer doctors who can book in locum blocks at regular intervals. Alternatively, you may wish to secure a longer 1 - 3 month locum.
  3. How do I find available Locum Rural Generalist positions in Queensland? You can peruse a selection of our current opportunities here, alternatively, email Phil Dixon and tell him what part of Queensland you wish to work in and he will provide you with a list of possibilities.
  4. How much money can I earn as a Locum Rural Generalist in Queensland? Rates vary from $1,800 - $2,600 per day depending on location and urgency. 
  5. What kind of work will I do as a Locum Rural Generalist in Queensland? Working as a rural General Practitioner gives you the chance to work across an immense range of environments. You’ll have the skills to deliver services in the ED, ambulatory care, home, hospital, outreach clinics, aged care facilities, royal flying doctors service, and of course the general practice. “A day in the life of a Generalist might involve getting up in the morning to do a caesar, managing a trauma case in emergency at midday, going back to your clinic and seeing someone struggling with depression, and then going back to the hospital, managing someone with pneumonia or complex diabetes in the evening”. Rural Generalist Dr John Hall

Working as a Locum Rural Generalist in Queensland allows you to provide much-needed healthcare services to rural and remote communities. With the assistance of a locum agency like Ochre, you can access exciting and varied job opportunities within a friendly and supportive work environment.

Take the first step today, and let us help you find your dream opportunity.

Get in touch with our most experienced Recruitment Consultant Phil Dixon today on 0424 550 378

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