Central Australian Retrieval Service

The Central Australian Retrieval Service provides transport for emergency and critical care presentations to remote communities in the 1.6 milion square kilometer catchment area of Alice Springs Hospital. We provide care for the full spectrum of presentations; birth, paediatrics, trauma, psychiatry and medical presentations.  

$180,450 - $252,607 yearly
Positions available now for medical retrieval consultants and fellows ( full and part-time). Located in the middle of Australia, based in Alice Springs, the Central Australian retrieval service offers a unique opportunity to practice retrieval medicine in a remote and harsh environment. We are looking for retrieval consultants and fellows, who are interested in furthering their skills and working with our team to provide critical care to patients within our 1.6 million square kilometre catchment area. Launched in February 2018, the Alice Springs Hospital commenced a new streamlined model for retrieval medicine in Central Australia. The Medical Retrieval and Consultation Centre (MRaCC) is staffed by critical care specialists, and located on campus between the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit. The MRaCC provides a single point of contact for remote practitioners to access expert clinical advice, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Co-location within the hospital allows the service to maintain strong working relationships with inpatient teams, facilitating good communication and integrated patient care.  Alice Springs hospital is a ~ 200 bed facility, with a busy mixed Emergency Department seeing 49000+ presentations per year. It is the only major receiving hospital in the area, Whilst patients needing specific tertiary services are transferred to either Adelaide or Darwin, most critical care patients are managed locally. You will see some of the most interesting and challenging medicine in Australia, and have the unique opportunity to follow the entire patient’s journey from the initial phone call, to hospital discharge. You will be required to: Provide high level clinical advice to remote staff managing patients in the community. Navigate complex logistics, risk assessments and prioritise competing clinical demands on the retrieval service. Undertake clinical retrieval shifts. Contribute to ongoing service development and education programs.  Benefits include: CME paid fortnightly Salary packaging Payment of relocation costs Specialist Private Practice Allowance Requirements Minimum: 6 months retrieval experience in another service or commitment to 3-6 months of clinical retrieval shifts prior transitioning to the MRaCC. Current AHPRA and Specialist registration in Emergency, ICU, Anaesthetics or Remote and Rural Medicine. Clinical proficiency in emergency and critical care medicine; including trauma management  High attention to detail, with excellent time management, teamwork and communication skills. Flexibility, adaptability and initiative to contribute to a developing service and its challenges. Ability to work safely in complex cross-cultural environments. Average fitness and ability to tolerate environmental stressors. On commencement, if new to the Central Australian Retrieval Service, you will be required to undertake and period of clinical induction and supervised co-ordination training.
Central Australian Retrieval Service Alice Springs Hospital, The Gap NT, Australia Full time
$120 - $160 yearly
Step outside of your comfort zone. More than a job, the Central Australian Retrieval service offers a unique experience in a different culture, where YOU make a difference every day. 6 months in Retrieval Medicine (Full Time). Positions available from August 2019.   The opportunity to put your clinical skills to the test in a resource-limited setting exists right here!  See our website: www.centralaustralianretrieval.com.au The com­bi­na­tion of pathol­o­gy and geog­ra­phy presents a unique chal­lenge, and our retrieval doc­tors need to be able to man­age a broad range of crit­i­cal ill­ness in a remote envi­ron­ment. The one ser­vice cov­ers all age groups and presentations.   Tele­phone advice is avail­able from the retrieval con­sul­tants, who work close­ly with inten­sive care, pae­di­atric and obstet­ric spe­cial­ists as required.   In  6  months, you are like­ly to under­take around  60-80 cas­es, including: Lots of severe sep­sis, includ­ing patients requir­ing crit­i­cal inter­ven­tions such as intubation. Up to  20 % pae­di­atric patients, pre­dom­i­nant­ly with res­pi­ra­to­ry,  GI  tract and soft tis­sue infections. Trau­ma — such as motor vehi­cle acci­dents on remote highways. Missed dial­y­sis with pul­monary oede­ma / hyperkalaemia. Car­diac dis­ease — such as acute coro­nary syn­dromes, rheumat­ic heart dis­ease and valvu­lar disease. Obstet­ric emer­gen­cies such pre­ma­ture labour. Psy­chi­atric and behav­iour­al emer­genices requir­ing seda­tion for safe transport.  You will also be respon­si­ble for the inter-hos­pi­tal trans­fer of patients to ter­tiary ser­vices with defin­i­tive care options such as angiog­ra­phy, neu­ro­surgery or cardiothoracics.  You will also be provided with the unique opportunity to work alongside Medical Retrieval Consultants in the coordination centre. Working for a retrieval service that feeds into a single hospital provides you with the opportunity to follow the entire patient journey; from the first point of contact by phone, through retrieval to hospital admission and discharge.   REQUIREMENTS You must be an advanced trainee, preferably in the last two years of a critical care training programme (ACEM, CICM, ANZCA, ACCRM). Desirable experience of 6 months in an Emergency Department, 6 months in an Intensive Care Unit, and 3 months in Anaesthetics.  The ability to be the clinical lead, working with a flight nurse or paramedic, providing critical care to patients in remote settings. Advice on management will be available by telephone via the Medical Retrieval and Coordination Centre. Excellent communication and teamwork skills are required. You will need the ability to work in complex cross cultural environments.  The role of medical retrieval co-ordination fellow is available to practitioners with 6 or more months of retrieval experience. Alice Springs is in a beautiful and unique part of the world with good schools, an accepting and multicultural community, eclectic arts and entertainment, as well as many sporting opportunities. All within a backyard that many travel across the world to see and experience. It is a regional town of approximately 27000 people nestled between East and West MacDonnell Ranges. Blue skies prevail most of the year making it the perfect base for mountain biking, hiking and camping enthusiasts. Highlights of the social calendar include the annual Beanie Festival, Ingkerreke Mountain Bike Enduro, Camel Cup, and various arts and music festivals including The Desert Festival and Wide Open Space. Remuneration will be in accordance with the current NT OCPE EBA negotiations
Central Australian Retrieval Service Alice Springs Hospital, The Gap NT, Australia Full time