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General Practitioner Permanent - - Yungaburra

  • : Health Workforce Queensland
  • : 27-Jul-2018
  • : Yungaburra QLD 4884


Yungaburra is an idyllic "heritage" town at the heart of the Atherton Tableland. Its lush, rural setting at altitude avoids the heat of the tropical coast but allows access to all the benefits of living in the tropics. The network of towns on the southern Atherton Tableland provides most services and facilities within 15 minutes drive of Yungaburra; including educational, sporting, art, recreational, financial and other services. Yungaburra itself has a range of shops, facilities and services. In addition, it is only ~60 minutes drive to Cairns where there is an expanded range of facilities and services including an international airport with regular flights throughout Australia and the world, a campus of James Cook University, easy access to the Great Barrier Reef and great shopping.

The Atherton Tableland also provides a wide range of other employment opportunities from fruit picking to professional positions as well as a wide range of very active community groups and committees. The nearby Lake Tinaroo offers excellent water sports and fishing and the surrounding natural environments range from the savannah country immediately to the west and rainforest and reef to the east offer superb camping and other recreational opportunities.

The following tourist and other web sites provide some information about the local area and region, its attractions and services: http://www.yungaburra.com/ ; http://www.athertontableland.com/ ; http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/content/root/index.html.

Position description

The practice offers a flexible (full or part-time), general practice position as a gross percentage of earnings in a quality, fee for service practice. You will work in a happy, dynamic team including reception staff, three nurses, three doctors and a director. The practice vision is to provide high quality health care to a diverse range of clients in a rural area. We encourage the development of special interests for all our staff and strive to ensure we provide a stimulating work environment. Currently, different doctors have special interests in skin surgery, aged and palliative care, pre-employment medicals, travel medicine and ultrasound. We are accredited with AGPAL as a General Practice and a Diagnostic Imaging Service (offering ultrasound).

The client base is diverse and appointments are currently from 250 to over 300 per week, mostly seen on site but with a couple a week in their own homes or nursing homes. The practice currently sees a good mix of ages from babies to old age and includes mostly locals, old and new, but also a share of travellers and international students. This position will deal with the range of client needs associated with a broad general practice and also includes occupational and travel medicine, pre and post-natal care, care planning, skin surgery and other minor procedures and occasional acute medicine. Our practice Principal is also a DAME, Yellow Fever certified and supervises medical trainees. Most GPs in the area have admission rights at the local, regional hospital.
Regular professional development courses, seminars and conferences are available locally; including a weekly CME seminar organised by local GP's and held at the local hospital. Regular courses and conferences and many national conferences are held both locally and along the nearby tourist coast.

Practice details

The practice is in a purpose designed building in an excellent location with four consulting rooms, a large treatment room, nurses room, laundry, a large staff room with shower and toilet, client toilets, a large and comfortable waiting room and reception area, a managers room and a server/store room. The building has covered verandahs around one half. The surgery also hosts visiting health professionals including a podiatrist, hearing services, echocardiogram technician and an orthopaedic surgeon. We also have a pathology collection centre.

The surgery design incorporates a range of features that make it a healthy and environmentally sound place in which to work. As the climate is so good here, we have opted for a ventilated building using a Cardiffair system to draw a constant flow of air through the building, which is vented through the roof. This keeps a fresh healthy flow and reduces the incidence of cross-infections from airborne pathogens. The building is naturally lit with many obscure glass windows that allow plenty of light but maintain privacy. Electric lights are rarely needed and those that are installed are mostly 12V halogens or LED, which are both less energy consumptive and less draining than working under fluorescent lights. We have also installed a sophisticated UPS and backup power system so that power outages have no effect on operations. We do have back up air-conditioning for the hottest days of summer and heating for the coldest days in winter.

The building is designed to be user friendly and a pleasant and welcoming space to enter. Comments from patients, staff, visitors and emergency services have all indicated that we got the design right, combining functionality with a pleasant aesthetic.

After Hours

The private, after hours roster is shared between six practices on the southern Atherton Tablelands. This results in a very light on call load of about 1 in 14. There is good communication between all practices; private patients admitted to the local hospital after hours are transferred back to their treating GP the following day. GPs can apply for VMO rights at the local hospital and can see private patients at the Atherton Hospital A&E department.

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