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Medical Superintendent Right to Private Practice - Baralaba

  • : Health Workforce Queensland
  • : 16-Aug-2017
  • : Baralaba QLD 4702

Baralaba, a rural town, is 150 km west of Gladstone. Situated less than a kilometre east of the Dawson River, Baralaba's development began with the Dawson River Anthracite Prospecting Company taking up coal prospecting areas in 1901. Serious mining began in about 1916. The infant township's first civic initiative was the opening of a tent school in 1918. Anglican and Catholic churches opened in 1924 and a cottage hospital was built in 1926 - development which, somewhat unusually, predated the town's hotel, which opened two years later. Agricultural blocks were taken up in the mid-1930s and expired leaseholds were subdivided in the early post war years, with the main crops including sorghum, wheat and cotton. The town secured a reticulated water supply when a weir on the Dawson River was completed in 1976.

Following the failure of the Baralaba hospital in a fire evacuation trial in 2009, plans were prioritised for a new multipurpose health service (2011) with patients transferred to other hospitals while it was under construction. There are golf and bowls clubs, a showground, the State school (P-10), Anglican, Catholic and Uniting churches and a hotel. Mine ruins and an historical village can be viewed and the weir has good fishing.

Baralaba was suggested as one of the sites to locate a solar farm in 2015.

This is a full time position as Medical Superintendent with Right of Private Practice. The practice is based within the Baralaba Multi-purpose Health Service but operates as a private practice. Minor surgical, orthopaedics and antenatal and postnatal care are all provided through the GP Practice. The practice provides a full primary care service to the residents of Baralaba and Wowan through twice weekly outreach clinics. The position is a solo practice position. The practice load is moderate and the hospital work able to be provided as part of the normal working day. On call is a requirement of the position but call outs are not frequent. The majority of the work within the position is primary care related.

The position based on a gross percentage of earnings with a minimum guarantee. 60% of earnings is provided for most practitioners but is negotiable depending on previous experience and Vocational Registration.

This is a District of Workforce Shortage practice, accredited and a priority position for RVTS training and soon to be accredited with GMT for remote RACGP and ACRRM training.
The practice is traditionally a single doctor practice for the Medical Superintendent with the Right of Private Practice. The practice has been operating for at least 25 years. The community is easily able to sustain 1 full time doctors. The Medical Superintendent position is relieved with a locum providing cover 8 days per month (the Med Super is rostered off for eight days of this time). The locum also works in the private practice during this time.

Some Baralaba residents currently seek ongoing care in neighbouring communities (1 to 2 hours away), preferring to see a permanent doctor than a locum. The clinic is developing a chronic disease provider with a part time practice nurses and patients receiving health assessments, care plans and reviews. There is a limited amount of industrial medicine work which will develop with increased capacity and the re-opening of the local coal mine.

The current workload is all aspects of general practice from cradle to grave. There are some complex patients and some palliative care. A visiting physio, mental health nurse, occupation therapist and speech therapist also consult from the practice. The practice books a minimum of 24 patients each day but in many cases there are urgent cases who also require consultations. Bookings are routinely 15 mins but the practice can be flexible with hours and booking times between 8 am and 6pm. After hours consultation are available if the GP wishes to introduce after hours clinic times.

The practice is the only GP surgery in the local geographical area. There are good working relationships with local hospital, aged and community care and other community organisations. Referrals are to Rockhampton and Brisbane. Rockhampton is the secondary referral site for public patients.

This position is an ideal training position and a practice that will easily develop into a busy practice for a permanent GP. RVTS has approved Baralaba as a priority training position for a suitable GP registrar. The applicant may be eligible for rural locum relief program.

After hours call is provided by the Medical Superintendent with Right of Private Practice or their locum. There is access to TEMSU facilities within the Baralaba Multi-purpose Health Service. Call outs overnight are infrequent. If there was interest in providing after hours services for the provision of non emergency presentations this can be through the General Practice.


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Medical Superintendent Right to Private Practice - Baralaba
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Baralaba QLD 4702
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