Retrieval Medical Officer

$148,037 - $175,708 yearly
  • Central Australian Retrieval Service
  • Alice Springs NT, Australia
Full time Health Care

Job Description

6 months in Retrieval Medicine (Full Time). Positions available from August 2021 and ongoing.

If you are looking for a unique, exciting and challenging role whilst working in some of the most remote locations in Australia, then you should consider a position with the Central Australian Retrieval Service!

We are currently accredited for the retrieval portion of the Diploma in Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine.

The com­bi­na­tion of pathol­o­gy and geog­ra­phy presents a unique chal­lenge. Our retrieval doc­tors man­age a broad range of crit­i­cal ill­ness in remote environments on a daily basis. The one ser­vice cov­ers all age groups and presentations. 

Although our flight doctors are often providing medical treatments 100’s of kilometres away from Alice Spring Hospital they are never alone. Tele­phone support is provided by hospital based retrieval con­sul­tants whose backgrounds vary and include FACEMs, CICIMs and FACRRMs (with  critical care subspecialties) and medical advice is provided from our hospital based specialties. On the ground you are supported by midwife trained flight nurses, clinic nurses and occasionally visiting Remote Medical Practitioners (RMPs).

 In 6 months, you are like­ly to under­take around 40-60 cas­es, including:

  • Severe sep­sis amongst all age groups, includ­ing patients requir­ing crit­i­cal inter­ven­tions such as intubation and vasopressor support.
  • 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 and arrhthymias
  • Car­diac dis­ease — such as acute coro­nary syn­dromes, rheumat­ic heart dis­ease and valvu­lar disease.
  • Obstet­ric emer­gen­cies such pre­ma­ture labour, pre-eclampsia and PPH.
  • Psy­chi­atric and behav­iour­al emer­gencies requir­ing seda­tion for safe transport.

You will also be respon­si­ble for the inter-hos­pi­tal trans­fer of patients to ter­tiary ser­vices located in Darwin or Adelaide for defin­i­tive care options such as angiog­ra­phy, neu­ro­surgery, maxillofacial surgery, cardiothoracic interventions or complex medical care or rehabilitation. 

 In addition, our flight doctors have the unique opportunity to work alongside Medical Retrieval Consultants in the Medical Retrieval and Consultation Centre (MRaCC). In the MRaCC role doctors work in a team consisting of a shift co-ordinator, MRaCC consultant and training registrar/Fellow. MRaCC Doctors take calls from remote area nurses (RANS) , Rural Medical Practitioners, cattle stations, mines and roadhouses, providing medical advice. If required, the MRaCC doctor co-ordinates the transfer of these patients to Alice Springs Hospital (ASH) for further investigation and management. Doctors who are both pre or post Fellowship (FACEM, ICU, ANZCA, ACRRM) get the most reward out of this role: working one-on-one with FACEMs, CICMs and Rural Generalists, provides the opportunity to develop critical thinking and decision making skills essential to doctors in senior roles.

Working for a retrieval service that is located and feeds into a single hospital is rewarding. It 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.

 We have a strong partnerships with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), Saint John Ambulance (SJA) and all our key stakeholders including government and non-government operated remote health clinics.  During orientation you will be training alongside RFDS flight nurses, remote area nurses (RANS), SJA and NT Fire and Rescue Service crew. There is weekly paid protected teaching time and the opportunity to contribute towards departmental research and audits.

 The opportunity to put your clinical skills to the test in remote,  resource-limited settings exists right here, in the ‘Red Centre’ of Australia! See our website: www.centralaustralianretrieval.com.au


  • You must be an advanced trainee, preferably in the last two years of a critical care training programme (ACEM, CICM, ANZCA, ACCRM, RACGP).
  • Desirable experience of 6 months in an Emergency Department, 6 months in an Intensive Care Unit, and 3 months in Anaesthetics (please feel free to contact us to clarify this)
  • 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 Parrtjima light festival, Beanie Festival, Desert Mob Exhibition, Mountain Bike Redback and Outback Cycling Easter events, Camel Cup, and various arts and music festivals including The Desert Festival and Wide Open Space. Onsite accommodation creates a vibrant and supportive community with many people creating life-long friendships.

 Remuneration will be in accordance with the current NT OCPE EBA negotiations

 For more information or applications, please contact Dr Warren Adie [email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you!


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