Staff Specialist or VMO Emergency Medicine, Grafton Base Hospital

  • Grafton Base Hospital
  • Grafton NSW, Australia
Full time Health Care

Job Description

Job Description

Do you want the opportunity to manage your own patients with helpful and supportive inpatient teams?

Would you like to make your referral to friendly consultants who ask sensible and concise questions?

To work on a mixed ED department that is busy enough to challenge and expose you to a wide range of interesting cases but not too busy to burn you out?

To be an integral part of a growing team in a newly accredited training ED?

Do you crave a job that provides both professional and lifestyle satisfaction?

We have the position for you.

Based in Northern NSW. A Subtropical paradise of golden beaches, rainforest, heritage towns and river gorges; all within easy reach of the hustle and bustle of SE Queensland and a short flight to Sydney.

The cathedral city of Grafton is one of the oldest towns in NSW and administrative centre of the Clarence Valley, midway between Sydney and Brisbane. The Clarence is the largest river on the East Coast of Australia boasting the longest sections of whitewater in Australia descending from the mountains of the Great Dividing Range down to the idyllic beaches of the Yuragir National Park. The Clarence district has a population of 50 000. It is a picturesque and rural region.

Grafton Base Hospital is a level 3/4 hospital with 110 beds.  The emergency department is supported by inpatient general medicine, general surgery, orthopaedics, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology and 6 bed ICU/HDU. Referrals are to the inpatient consultants. Other subspecialties are located at Lismore Base Hospital or Gold Coast University Hospital. The Emergency Department sees approximately 27 000 presentations annually and receives transfers from Maclean District Hospital emergency department that sees 13 000 patients per year.

The Emergency Department has a consultant/SMO presence from 0700 to midnight with on-call responsibility. The day shifts are staffed by a junior and middle grade for each consultant as well as a dedicated fast track doctor. 

The position offered will involve working on the floor, alongside JMOs CMOs and registrars. The department is accredited for 6 month ACEM training and the successful applicant will be expected to be a proactive member of the training team. There is an active EMET program in the area with Grafton Base Hospital at its hub.

The position is remunerated as per the State Staff Specialist or VMO award depending on the successful candidates preferred employment arrangements.


  • Fabulous outdoor lifestyle with affordable property, good schools and sport facilities nearby
  • Flexible roster
  • The chance to become part of a growing department and help guide the future of emergency medicine in the Clarence region
  • Access to Annual and Long-Service Leave and TESL as per the award
  • Fractional or full-time appointments are available
  • VMO or staff specialist positions available

For further information, please contact Will Davies, Director of Emergency Department, Grafton Base Hospital. [email protected]

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