With a catchment 10% bigger than the size of Victoria, Mt Isa now offers a superb rural term for building breadth of experience and practical exposure. Our purpose built, 13 bed ED, and 3 bed short stay sees 29,000 patients a year, 25% of whom are paediatric, and 40% of whom are indigenous. Our patients come from remote communities, both in Queensland and the Northern Territory, mine sites as well patients living in Mt Isa and the surrounding towns. Mount Isa Hospital has general medicine, general surgery, paediatrics, O&G, mental health, and palliative care units. We work closely with RFDS with some of our doctors working for both.
The case mix of our region clearly demonstrates that we have the coolest patients in the country. Rheumatic fever, septic arthritis, congenital heart disease, as well as all manner of injuries and infections are numerous. Trauma is common. Our patients can be very resilient, surviving remarkable lengths of time without lifesaving therapies and walking in on septic joints. August hosts the southern hemisphere’s largest rodeo - any quirky trauma lovers, this is your
Practical acute medicine
We are a small team that emphasises practical skills. With no sub-specialty units, procedures such as fracture reduction, relocations or lysis are done by ourselves, with support from a tertiary referral centre approximately 950km away. We do our own sedations, insert the required tubes and lines for those going to our HDU and maintain the very sick until transfer. Our SMO team run the Met calls for the hospital and assist inpatient teams with procedures as required. Your exposure to all aspects of acute medicine will rarely be this good again.
Formal teaching is protected time and based on the ACEM curriculum. There is also additional teaching on topics relevant to our region, including tropical medicine, ballistics and remote health. We have an active skills group and
exam based tutorials. Our SIM room is well equiped and poor SIM man goes through so much….‘Pub trivia’ nights on trauma management, paediatrics and other topics are held by the pool. We also offer a medical term in our general medicine unit.
For those enjoying the outdoors, there is so much to do. Nestled among the ochre-red Selwyn Ranges, on the banks of the Leichhardt River, Mount Isa is a bustling melting pot of culture and industry and home to the world's third largest rodeo. Mount Isa has ample places to fish, camp or relax and enjoy an outback sunset. The rugged terrain is a four-wheel-driver's haven. The twin jewels in Mount Isa's crown are the spectacular Lawn Hill Gorge in Boodjamulla National Park and its neighbour, the world heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields.
In addition to the standard package of Queensland Health, we provide a $5000 relocation package, accommodation and remote retention allowance of $17,250 once you are here 6 months and 1 day.
How to apply
We currently have positions for trainees. Start dates negotiable. Email [email protected] or phone 0432 868 571 for questions. Please attach a cover letter and current CV.