Medical Officer- Aeromedical

$200,000 - $400,000 yearly
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service Australia (Queensland Section)
  • Cairns QLD, Australia
Part time Pre-Hospital and Retrieval

Job Description

About the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section)

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) is one of the world's largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations. The RFDS in Queensland provides excellence in and access to primary health care and aeromedical services across the state. Our emergency retrieval service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, delivering the finest care to more than 330,000 Australians annually, that’s one person every two minutes! In addition to aeromedical retrievals of the critically ill or injured, the RFDS also delivers a broad range of essential primary and preventative healthcare services, including telehealth, mental health, oral health and health promotion.
About the Positions: 

  • Cairns Base Location
  • Permanent, Part-time roles available
  • Shift pattern: 2 days + 2 nights per 4-week roster (0.25 FTE)

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) are currently seeking dedicated doctors interested in Aeromedical Retrieval and Telehealth roles to join our esteemed Cairns Base team. Established in 1972, the RFDS Cairns Base stands as one of the largest and longest-serving bases within our network.
As an RFDS Aeromedical Doctor you will provide lifesaving retrieval and pre-hospital medical services alongside highly respected aviation and flight nurse teams. In this role, you will:

  • provide telehealth services to patients needing urgent medical care in remote locations
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to perform Retrieval Services Queensland (RSQ) taskings including- emergency retrievals and inter-facility transfers
  • Liaise with RSQ, Duty Tasking Officers and referring/receiving facilities to coordinate aeromedical retrievals
  • Conduct handovers to care providers
  • Provide advice to nurses and other health professionals
  • Participate in quality improvement activities such as clinical audits and case reviews
  • Maintain accurate medical records
  • Contribute to the overall strategic goals of the RFDS (QLD Section)
  • Respect cultural diversity including the traditional Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander, view of health

Who are we looking for?
To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Registration with AHPRA as a Medical Practitioner
  • Fellowship of ACEM, ACRRM, ANZCA, CICM or RACGP (Senior Registrars are encouraged to apply)
  • Sufficient experience in critical care medicine to meet credentialing requirements with QLD Health (Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Paediatrics).
  • Previous experience in Aeromedical Retrieval is ideal but is not a requirement


To discuss opportunities within the RFDS (Queensland Section) please get in touch with Recruitment on: 07 3852 7553 or [email protected] or please click here to apply.
Please note, that your application may be subject to review by a representative from Queensland Health and RSQ to assess suitability, experience and qualifications, for the role that you are applying for.
Successful candidates may be subject to a pre-employment medical assessment and will be required to undertake drug and alcohol testing.  Candidates are required to hold a current, unrestricted Australian driver's licence and obtain an ASIC Card.  You will also be required to complete the RFDS credentialing process. Before appointment, you will be required to provide certified copies of qualifications/registrations and evidence of immunity or vaccination against VPD.

Royal Flying Doctor Service acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the Traditional Custodians of the land. The RFDS is committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of healthcare. We embrace diversity and welcome all people irrespective of faith, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

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