Resident Medical Officer (RMO) recruitment
The Townsville Hospital and Health Service (HHS) is northern Australia’s largest tertiary referral centre and is a level-one performing HHS. The Townsville HHS comprises 21 facilities across its catchment; 19 hospitals and community health campuses and two residential aged care facilities.
The Townsville HHS has again received state-wide recognition as a level-one performing HHS, one of just four in Queensland. Townsville HHS caters for a broad variety of presentations with a full range of specialty and outpatient services. Townsville HHS is still growing, with major development activities partially completed and ongoing to 2021. Townsville HHS also has:
- One of only 2 Hyperbaric Medicine units in Queensland and the busiest
- A location adjacent to James Cook University and Australia’s largest army barracks
- Transfers and emergency retrievals by helicopter and fixed wing
- Disaster and tropical disease medicine
- Fantastic research opportunities
- Telehealth to rural and remote facilities
- Modern doctors lounge with full facilities, including quiet rest space, computer and internet access, kitchenette, showers and comfortable seating
- Free onsite car parking
- Bus stop and Taxi/Uber pick up directly outside of hospital
- Food court
A map of relevant Townsville hospital and health services, excluding community health campuses and residential aged care facilities:
Clinical Service Profile
Townsville HHS is organised into five clinical service groups. These include:
Mental Health Service Group
The Mental Health Service Group comprises six clinical program areas and one non-clinical program area with 25 teams responsible for the provision of comprehensive, specialised mental health assessment and treatment services across the age spectrum. Services include acute inpatient care, crisis intervention, homeless outreach, specialist community teams, community integration and health rehabilitation, case management, ATODS, forensic mental health, court liaison, older persons mental health and culturally appropriate mental health services.
Health and Wellbeing Service Group
The Health and Wellbeing Service Group is comprised of a diverse collection of health services from primary health care in community settings through to acute and critical care, with health services ranging across the age spectrum from prebirth to aged care. They comprise of several large specialist workforces including maternity, neonatal, paediatrics, community health and aged care, oral and offender health and smaller specialised teams including BreastScreen, mobile women’s health, urogynaecology, child protection, and sexual health.
Surgical Service Group
The Surgical Service Group provides secondary care combined with a range of tertiary services across various specialities. They deliver perioperative services including elective surgery, anaesthetics, and theatre care as well as medical imaging and other diagnostic care. They provide critical care to adults and children and offer a full range of surgical specialities including cardiology and hyperbaric medicine. The paediatric intensive care unit is the only one of its kind north of the south-east corner.
Medical Service Group
The Medical Service Group provides services across several clinical units including emergency medicine, internal medicine, neurology, gerontology, infectious diseases, endocrinology and diabetes, respiratory, gastroenterology, renal, rheumatology, rehabilitation, sub-acute care and comprehensive cancer services including medical oncology, palliative care, haematology and bone marrow transplantation and radiation oncology.
Rural Hospitals Service Group
Public health services are provided to the people of the Burdekin Shire, Charters Towers Regional Council, Flinders Shire, Hinchinbrook Shire and Richmond Shire. Their facilities deliver a range of services including, emergency, general medicine, general surgery, obstetrics, in-patient, outpatient, primary health, community and aged care services.
RMO education and training opportunities
RMOs will receive a variety of world-class education and training opportunities. These include:
- Educational centres / medical education units
- Grand rounds
- Common rooms
- Clinical support
- Simulation centres
For an example of what is available in our simulation centres through our Surgical Training Program, watch the below short video:
Award conditions apply – Medical Officers (Queensland Health) Award – State 2015 in conjunction with Medical Officer (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No.4) 2015.
Facility-specific recruitment requirements
- The Townsville HHS has a dedicated medical recruitment team to guide you through the recruitment process. Please note, pre-employment checks must be completed prior to an offer being made.
- CV – no older than 12 months
- References – 1 within 12 months, the other of last place of employment.
- JP Certified identification and qualification checks
- Criminal history checks
- Current registration with the Medical Board of Australia or the ability to obtain appropriate registration.
- Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD) – documentary evidence is required against the following:
- Hep B – evidence of immunity, titre level >10.
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
- Varicella (Chicken Pox)
- Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
- Visa status – working rights in Australia
Community and lifestyle
Providing a laid back tropical lifestyle that is complemented by capital city comforts, no other Australian city boasts the resilience, diversity, lifestyle and economic potential that the Townsville North Queensland region enjoys. Known as the second capital of Queensland and with a population of approximately 190,000 people, Townsville offers a dynamic lifestyle coupled with strong economic prosperity.
Townsville is a thriving precinct with access to a variety of world class education facilities, leading-edge health care, affordable housing, unique retailing, spectacular events and entertainment, dining precincts and a wide range of outdoor recreation options. With over 300 days of sunshine each year, Townsville’s lifestyle is second to none.
Senior Medical Staff and Fellows
- 1 Executive Director Medical Services
- 2 Deputy Executive Director Medical Services
- 30 Directors
- 2 Deputy Directors
- 12 Clinical Directors
- 4 Medical Superintendents – Rural facilities
- 2 Medical Superintendents (with Right Private Practice) – Rural facilities
- 195 Staff Specialists
- 0.5 Clinical Dean
- 31 Senior Medical Officers
- 126 Visiting Medical Officers
Registrars positions are available in:
- Anaesthetics (21)
- Basic Physician Training (20)
- Cardiology (2)
- Cardiothoracic (1)
- Clinical haematology (1)
- Clinical haematology LAB (1)
- Dermatology (1)
- Infectious Disease (1)
- ED (25)
- ENT (1)
- Gastroenterology (1)
- General surgery (5)
- Hyperbaric medicine (1)
- ICU (11)
- Medical administration (1)
- Medical education (.5)
- Medical oncology (4)
- Microbiology (2)
- MoLIE (1)
- Neonatology (5)
- Neurosurgery (1)
- O&G (7)
- Oral and maxillofacial (1)
- Ophthalmology (2)
- Orthopaedics (2)
- Paediatrics (7)
- Pain medicine (3)
- Palliative medicine (1.5)
- PICU (6)
- Psychiatry (18)
- Radiation oncology (5)
- Radiology (6)
- Rehabilitation (2)
- Urology (1)
- Vascular surgery (3)
Advanced Training positions are available in: cardiology, general medicine, endocrinology, infectious diseases, neonatology, geriatric, ophthalmology, paediatrics, gastroenterology, renal, rheumatology & neurology. Note: Advanced training opportunities may also be available in some other specialties. Candidates should indicate in their onâline application if they are interested in advanced training opportunities
Principal House officers
Positions are available in:
- Cardiothoracic (4)
- ENT (2)
- Emergency medicine (3)
- General medicine (incl Internal) (3)
- General surgery (11)
- Geriatrics (1)
- ICU (1)
- Neurosurgery (3)
- O&G (4)
- Ophthalmology (2)
- Oral and maxillofacial (1)
- Orthopaedics (6)
- Paediatrics (4)
- Pain medicine (1)
- Psychiatry (4)
- Radiology (1)
- Rehabilitation (1)
- Urology (1)
- Vascular surgery (1)
Note: ICU PHO position will be split between Townsville and Mackay (six months in each location) to give most possible exposure to ICU.
Junior and Senior House officers
Townsville HHS offers 71 Intern positions and the intern year comprises of five terms which includes three core rotations (ED, general medicine and surgery), one long and one short elective.
Available electives include: acute mental health unit and ATODS, anaesthetics, cardiology, community paediatrics, endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, haematology/BMT, infectious diseases, medical oncology, neurology, neurosurgery, O&G, orthopaedics, paediatrics, palliative care, radiology, acute rehabilitation, sub-acute rehabilitation, renal, rheumatology, sexual health, country practice at Ingham, Palm Island and Charters Towers and general practice at Ingham.
There are approximately 114 positions for junior and senior house officers. Rotations are offered and grouped to suit different career pathways and designed in consultation with the directors of training for each speciality college e.g. physician training, surgical training, basic DipObs, paediatrics, anaesthetics etc.
Rotations are available in: anaesthetics, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, colorectal surgery, ENT, ED, endocrinology, gastroenterology, general surgery, general surgery post take, urology, geriatrics, haematology/BMT, internal relieving, maxillofacial, medical oncology, neurosurgery, O&G, orthopaedics, paediatrics, paediatric surgery, palliative care, plastic surgery, psychiatry, Queensland country junior doctors, radiation oncology, rehabilitation, renal, respiratory, rheumatology, respiratory, acute rehabilitation, sub-acute rehabilitation, neurology, infectious diseases, and vascular surgery.
Townsville also participates in the Queensland Country jDocs program for term allocations into rural facilities across northern Queensland. Placements are open to all candidates with AHPRA General Registration and will receive higher duties PHO salary, living away from home allowance $265 per week (for eligible placements) and associated travel costs. In addition, RMO’s will undertake a fully paid two-day preparatory workshop in Brisbane and access RPL via specifically designed online modules developed by the Australian College of Rural Remote Medicine. This is a unique hands-on opportunity for those seeking to challenge their clinical competencies and practice at the top of their medical licence.