Medical careers

This section describes the terms used for different types of doctors employed by WA Country Health Service. Salary ranges quoted are as at 1 October 2016.

Medical Leadership

Medical Administrator / Director Medical Services/ Area Director - Clinical Services
Definition: Senior Medical Practitioner who is the principal medical administrator of a specific WA Country Health Service region; works closely with the Regional Director and the Regional Executive Team in formulating and implementing medical services policies and procedures, as well as providing leadership in clinical safety and quality. 

Area Director Clinical Services
Definition: The Area Director - Clinical Services will aim to provide a strategic approach to chronic condition management and self-management across acute care, primary health, mental health and Aboriginal health, including working with private primary health providers such as GPs to gain system-wide improvements towards integrated care. Fixed Term contract 18 months Part-time or Full-time.

Clinical Director Mental Health
Definition: The Director of Mental Health is responsible, in partnership with the Regional Manager of Mental Health, for ensuring that all clinical practice in Mental Health is in accordance with the National Mental Health standards and the WA Mental Health Act 2014 and all associated legislative, regulatory and policy frameworks.  A Clinical Director of Mental Health is a practising clinician who undertakes comprehensive psychiatric assessment diagnosis and treatment that ensures best clinical interventions are provided to clients and their relatives and carers. 

Senior Medical Officer (employed North of the 26 degrees South latitude only)
Definition: A senior medical practitioner other than a Consultant who undertakes the role of Head of Department in a hospital. The Senior Medical Officer provides leadership in clinical standards, governance and education to the medical practitioners within their hospital and their region; providing medical administration support to the Regional Medical Director (employed North of the 26 degrees South latitude only). Registered as a Medical Practitioner with the Medical Board of Australia and either Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) or Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP). Formal post-graduate qualifications in Obstetrics or Anaesthetics are considered favourably. 

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Consultant / Specialist

Consultant / Specialist
Definition: A senior medical practitioner who holds the appropriate higher qualification of a University or College, recognised by the Australian Medical Council and employed and practising in the specialty for which he/she is qualified. 

Senior Medical Practitioners

District Medical Officer - Procedural (employed North of the 26 degrees South latitude only)
Definition: A medical practitioner with extensive general experience able to demonstrate significant emergency department and primary health care knowledge and skills. Holds formal qualifications in anaesthetics, procedural surgery or obstetrics, or undertakes duties in such other procedural areas as are recognised by the employer. Must be able to practice without clinical supervision in a specialist area recognised by the employer. Must be able to practice without clinical supervision in a specialist area recognised by the Australian Medical Council or such other area recognised by the Director General of Health as being a specialist area; and/or who clinically supervises other senior practitioners. Promotion to District Medical Officer (procedural) shall be by appointment only. Registered as a Medical Practitioner with the Medical Board of Australia and either Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) or Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practice (FRACGP) and formal post-graduate qualification in anaesthetics, procedural surgery or obstetrics. Note: Appointment to the position of DMO is based on skills and experience. Minimum requirement is 12 years in relevant experience in a hospital or general practice environment.

District Medical Officer - Non Procedural (employed North of the 26 degrees South latitude only)
Definition: A medical practitioner with extensive general experience able to demonstrate significant emergency department and primary health care knowledge and skills. A medical practitioner who does not have a recognised specialist qualification but practices without supervision exclusively  in a specialist area recognised by the Australian Medical Council or such other area recognised by the Director General of Health as being a specialist area; and/or who clinically supervises other senior practitioners. Promotion to District Medical Officer shall be by appointment only. Registered as a Medical Practitioner with the Medical Board of Australia and either Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) or Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practice (FRACGP). Note: Appointment to the position of DMO is based on skills and experience. Minimum requirement is 12 years relevant experience in a hospital or general practice environment.

Senior Medical Practitioner
Definition: Medical Practitioner with at least 12 years relevant experience, who does not have a recognised specialist qualification but practices without supervision exclusively in a specialist area recognised by the Director General of Health as being a specialised area; and/or who clinically supervises other practitioners; and/or who has significant medical administration duties (50% as a guide).Registered as a Medical Practitioner with the Medical Board of Australia and either Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) or Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP).Note: Formal postgraduate qualifications in obstetrics, anaesthetics or medical administration preferred.

Health Service Medical Practitioner
Definition: A non-specialist medical practitioner who is not in a recognised training program and who is authorised to perform duties without requiring clinical supervision by a consultant/specialist or senior medical practitioner. The classification includes a general practitioner (not vocationally registered). Registered as a Medical Practitioner with the Medical Board of Australian and either Member of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) or Member of the Royal Australian College of General Practice (FRACGP).Note: Appointment to the position of HSMP is based on relevant experience and skills. Minimum requirement is 10 years. 

 

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Doctors in Training

Registrar (PGY5 - 11)

Term 1 commences 30th January 2017

Definition: A registered medical practitioner with at least 5 to 11 years relevant experience following graduation. Potential Salary Package Range: Year 1-$106,626 to Year 7- $142,962* If working North of the 26 degrees South latitude Year 1 $124,715 to Year 3 $136,581*^

Resident Medical Officer (PGY 2 - 4)

Term 1 commences 16th January 2017

Definition: A registered medical practitioner who has completed internship year and with at least 1 - 4 years experience.Potential Salary Package Range: Year 1 - $88, 048 to Year 3 - $105,384pa* If working North of the 26 degrees South latitude Year 1 - $110,378 to Year 3 - $123,883*^

Intern (PGY1)

Term 1 commences 9th January 2017

Definition: A medical practitioner employed by a teaching hospital during the first year of relevant experience following graduation, prior to full registration by the Medical Board of Australia. Potential Salary Package Range $80,542 pa*

Notes - extra conditions/benefits*+"=^

*  Includes Arrangement A base salary and professional development allowance. An additional 9.50% Employer Superannuation contribution and access to salary packaging options to the value of $19,000 apply.

+  Includes a 36% annual commuted allowance for participating in a 1 in 3 on call roster

"  Includes a Head of Department allowance

=  Includes a 7% annual commuted allowance for being contactable after hours on a regular basis

^  Additional district allowance may be applicable


Useful links 

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

General Practice in Western Australia

Australian Medical Council

Medical Board of Australia

Doctor Connect

Rural Health West

International Medical Graduates in Western Australia

WA Health System Medical Practitioners AMA Industrial Agreement 2016

Determinations for Unmet Area of Need in Western Australia  

Last Updated: 21 February 2017