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Senior Medical Officer – WA Country Health Service

WA Country Health Service

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WA Country Health Service
Broome, WA

Salary: Senior Medical Officer (SMO) Year 1 – 4 $485,518 – $556,159

(inclusive of base salary, 10.5% superannuation, PD allowance and 39.5% hospital based on call allowance)

A unique and exciting opportunity is currently available for a highly experienced Senior Medical Officer to join the WA Country Health Service (WACHS) – Broome

This is a Fixed Term Full Time appointment for up to 5 years based at Broome Health Campus, with the possibility of extension.

Position Profile

In this role you will serve as the team leader of the Broome Health Campus medical workforce providing high-level medical leadership and advice on clinical services, including clinical governance, human resource management of all medical staff, medico legal matters, continuous quality improvement and patient safety. You will be required to lead the day to day management of Broome Hospital, including rostering medical staff to ensure appropriate cover and skill mix, and ensuring effective leave management strategies are in place. You’ll be required to work with a team of medical staff in the provision of clinical care to patients.

Broome Health Campus is the regional referral hospital for the Kimberley, comprising of an Emergency Department which includes 7 centrally monitored bays, 3 consulting rooms and 1 quick care room, Outpatient Department provides 7 consulting rooms for salaried and visiting Medical Specialists, Operating Theatre with a 6 bed Same Day Surgical Unit, 25 acute bed Medical Surgical Ward, 8 bed Paediatric unit, including 3 cots in Level 2 Nursery, 8 bed Maternity unit, offering a Midwifery Group Practice service. Medical Support includes Pharmacy, Medical Imaging to provide Xray’s, CT Scans and Sonography, with Allied Health services providing Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy.

Broome Health Campus is supported by other directorates such as Kimberley Mental Health Drug Service, Kimberley Population Health Unit and Kimberley Aged Care Services. Our Directorate actively supports and encourages diversity and inclusion across all occupational groups through the development and implementation of initiatives aimed at accessing and improving employment and mentoring opportunities for all people. The successful candidate will be working in a cross-cultural environment particularly with Aboriginal people, a high-level understanding of Indigenous Health issues is essential.

The successful candidate must also hold the appropriate AHPRA registration to be able to practise independently without clinical supervision. Demonstrated significant clinical experience is essential, as are post graduate qualifications commensurate with clinical duties and medical supervisory roles inclusive of management, public health or medical administration qualifications. Holding Post graduate qualifications such as FRACGP or FACRRM and/or recognised current clinical experience in General Practice, in addition to Emergency Department skills is highly desirable.

This role provides the applicant an opportunity to combine clinical duties (20 – 30%) with medical leadership. It will appeal to a senior clinician with a passion for leading high performance clinical teams  in delivering quality care to rural communities.

About the Region

The Kimberley is Western Australia’s most northern region, a coastline closer to South-East Asia than Perth. Bordered by the Pilbara region to the south and Northern Territory to the east, the 424,517 square kilometres region has fewer people per square kilometre than almost any other place on Earth.

Internationally recognised for its unique and dramatic landscape, the region includes spectacular gorges, waterfalls and cave systems, and an astonishing variety of wildlife. Camping, birdwatching and fishing are recreational activities that local health staff enjoy in abundance. For those more interested in the night life, Broome and Kununurra support a wide range of entertainment options, with bars and restaurants rivalling any provincial town.

The East Kimberley district boasts amazing tourist attractions including Purnululu (the Bungle Bungles), Lake Argyle and Mitchell Plateau among so many more locally known attractions that have to be seen to be believed. Characterised by its distinct wet and dry seasons, the Kimberley experiences a sub-tropical climate. May to October is the dry season, and November to April is the wet season. With a balmy climate, breathtaking scenery, unique flora and fauna and a great variety of adventure and cultural experiences, the Kimberley offers a fantastic lifestyle that is family-friendly and supportive.

Our Kimberley regions hospitals include Broome Health Campus, Fitzroy Crossing Hospital, Derby Hospital, Halls Creek Hospital, Kununurra Hospital and Wyndham Hospital.

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Employee Benefits

In addition to the great salary our employees enjoy an amazing range of benefits which may include (in line with operational requirements):

  • 10.5% employer contributed superannuation into a fund of your choice. For further information click here.
  • Access to generous salary packaging arrangements
  • Professional Development Opportunities and Study Leave/assistance
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Flexible leave arrangements
  • Other professional and location-based allowances

WA Health is committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of our service. We embrace diversity and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally diverse backgrounds and people with disabilities.

WA Health supports flexible working practices within the context of a quality health service. WA Health is committed to a smoke free environment across all buildings, grounds and vehicles.

Other Conditions

WA Health engages staff in positions of trust and responsibility. WA Health policies require applicants to undertake criminal records screening and integrity checking as part of the appointment process. Referees may also be asked to comment on an applicant’s integrity and past demonstration of ethical behaviour.

This vacancy is subject to a Western Australian Working with Children (WWC) Check. For further information please refer to the WWC website at:

Please note this recruitment process requires completion of satisfactory Pre-Employment Health Assessment (PEHA).  Any offer of employment with WA Country Health Service (WACHS) is conditional on satisfactory PEHA to ensure you can perform the inherent requirements of the position. An unsatisfactory PEHA will result in the offer of employment being withdrawn.  Please see the attached WACHS PEHA Policy for further information.

Whilst this selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy, it may also be used to fill other “similar” vacancies throughout the health service. In addition to this, should the successful applicant decline or vacate the advertised vacancy, then the next most suitable applicant may also be selected from this process. Both of these options remain valid for a period of twelve (12) months from when the authorised delegate endorses the recruitment decision.

For further information or enquiries pertaining to the position, please contact Sue Phillips on Ph: (08) 9195 2453 or email:

Please apply via MedJobs WA and provide the following documents:

  • A statement addressing each of the Selection Criteria found in the attached Job Description Form and how you can meet the position requirements. It is recommended you contact the person listed in this advertisement for further information about the role and selection process.
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae which summarises your experience and how you can meet the position requirements. Please include contact details for work related referees (It is preferable for one of your referees to be a current supervisor or manager).
  • Applicants must have a current, valid email address to apply online. This email address will be used for communication with applicants.

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Applications close 26 May 2023.