Western NSW Local Health District

Dubbo Health Service 

Employment TypeTemporary Full Time 
Hours Per Week38
Requisition IDCAM14040

Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for this position you must be a graduate from an Australian or New Zealand AMC accredited medical school.

To apply for a Rural Preferential Recruitment (RPR) Prevocational Training position in NSW you must:
1. Have successfully completed a Medical Intern Recruitment Application online for a NSW intern position
2. Meet eligibility and the NSW Health priority list criteria for medical graduate recruitment
3. Be expected to complete your medical degree this year or have completed your degree in the past two years
4. Have not previously worked as a doctor.

More about RPR https://www.heti.nsw.gov.au/education-and-training/courses-and-programs/medical-graduate-recruitment/rural-preferential-recruitment

The applicant must have a commitment to rural practice and rural communities.

Western NSW Local Health District is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, and people from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our advertised positions. If you require any assistance with your application or have any questions about this position, please get in touch with the contact person listed in the advertisement.


 RPR Medical Officer – Intern

A position is currently available for a Rural Preferential Recruit Medical Officer – Intern at Dubbo Health Service. The primary purpose of the Intern is to provide safe and high quality care as a delegate of the specialist consultant involved in management of the patient, at all times making decisions in consultation with their immediate supervisor. You will receive great training, ongoing educational opportunities and fantastic support.

The Dubbo Health Service strives to provide equitable, flexible rostering and leave allocations in all departments. The DPET and Medical Administration Manager will meet with each of you individually and work hard to ensure your term preferences and rosters are built in consultation with you and your career goals. The Dubbo Health Service understand the importance of work/life balance. We want your time at Dubbo to be more than just an enriching training opportunity so you can look back on this experience as time where you were connected to the local community, each other, and this beautiful part of regional NSW.

The position supports meeting the requirements for General Registration with the Medical Board of Australia.

Dubbo Health Service is a major rural referral Hospital and part of the Western NSW Local Health District. It provides a range of acute inpatient and ambulatory care services including general medical and surgical, maternity, gynaecology, paediatrics, rehabilitation, critical care, mental health, renal dialysis, oncology, palliative care, hospital in the home and diagnostic services.

The Health Service also offers a wide range of primary and community health services including child and family health services, mental health services and antenatal and postnatal services.

Dubbo Health Service is undergoing remarkable transformations under the Dubbo Hospital Redevelopment project. With Stages 1, 2 and 3 ($91.3 million) complete; which includes:

  • A new Emergency Department and Short Stay Unit
  • A new Medical Imaging Unit
  • A new Ambulatory Care Unit
  • A new Dialysis Unit
  • A new Critical Care Floor comprising of:
  • Coronary Care/Stroke Unit
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Cardiac Catheter Laboratory (and Angiography Laboratory space)
  • A new front of house entry and drop off zone
  • A new Surgical Inpatient Unit
  • A new Cancer Centre
  • A new Front of House entry and drop off zone

Dubbo Health Service is still undergoing the final phases of Stage 4 of the redevelopment, which includes:

  • Upgrade of Women’s and Children’s Community Health; and
  • Additional car parking on campus.

All of the latest information about the redevelopment of Dubbo Health Service can be found on our website:


What we can offer you

  • Country living with a meaningful career path
  • Flexible work practices (as appropriate to the position and negotiated with your manager)
  • Corporate wellbeing programs, including the Fitness Passport
  • Opportunities for learning and development, including in-house training with My Health Learning and the NSW Health RTO
  • Professional growth and accelerated career progression

Where you’ll be working
You will be based at Dubbo Health Service, a part of the Western NSW Local Health District. For more information on living and working in our beautiful region, visit our website Western NSW Health Careers.

What you’ll be doing

The position provides medical services to patients, while developing expertise and skills in medical practice, in a complex and supported clinical environment in inpatient and outpatient areas in a NSW public health organisation.  The position supports medical graduates of AMC accredited universities to meet the requirements for general registration as set out by the Medical Board of Australia, allowing general registration as a medical practitioner to Australian and New Zealand medical graduates registration standard on completion of intern training. 
The medical officer will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, under the supervision of senior medical officers to:

  • Coordinate the admission, management and discharge planning of patients 
  • Undertake initial assessment of the patient including patient history, physical examination, formulating an initial management plan and ordering appropriate investigations
  • Communicate and co-ordinate care with the team, arranging consultation with other staff when appropriate
  • Communicate directly with patients and their carers
  • Arrange discharge and liaison with local medical officers and other community-based care providers
  • Follow-up and reviewed ordered investigations.

The Medical Officer will provide care to all patients according to Good Medical Practice: A Code of Conduct for Doctors in Australia and demonstrate ethical behaviours and professional values including integrity; compassion; empathy; and respect for all patients, society and the profession. Interns are expected to take increasing responsibility for patient care as they progress, while recognising the limits of their expertise and scope and involving other professionals as needed to contribute to patient care.

Essential Requirements:

  • Model the NSW Health CORE values of Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment.
  • Participate in after-hours rosters including nights and weekends and/or participate in a 24/7 roster and may be rostered to day, evening or night shifts across a seven day roster.
  • Move between services and geographical locations to deliver patient care.
  • Participate in ward rounds and clinical handover, to transfer information, accountability and responsibility for a patient or group of patients, following the ISBAR protocol, National Australian Standards.
  • Complete mandatory training as required by Western NSW Local Health District and NSW Health.
  • Attend all applicable organisation-wide, hospital, department and role orientation sessions.
  • Abide by all conditions/provision of employment as outlined in the relevant Award.
  • Conduct all required responsibilities and tasks of the role in a manner that is consistent with legislation, local and state-wide delegations, procedures, policies and manuals, which include but are not limited to the following areas:
    NSW Health Code of Conduct; Performance management and development; Work, Health and Safety; Records Management; and Confidentiality and privacy.
  •  All staff are expected to take reasonable care that their acts and omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of others, that they comply with any reasonable instructions that is given to them and with any policies/procedures relating to health or safety in the workplace, as well as notifying any hazards/risks or incidents to their managers.
  • For accredited training roles, comply with the relevant specialist medical college’s training and examination requirements.
  • Act as role model and promote a culture and supporting practices that reflect the organisational values through demonstrated behaviours and interactions with patients/clients/employees.
  • Comply with supervision requirements as set out by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

To apply, please address the following Selection Criteria:

  1. Qualifications and experience commensurate with the Essential Requirements for the role
  2. Demonstrates ability to work independently within a supervised complex clinical environment utilising excellent clinical skills (at the required level of competency), judgment and expertise
  3. Ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team with an understanding of the roles of the doctor and other members of the healthcare team.
  4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with patients, family members and other members of the health care team.
  5. Good organisational and time management skills and ability to manage competing priorities in a complex environment.
  6. Demonstrated commitment to quality improvement, patient safety and risk management.
  7. Evidence of continuing professional development and commitment to self-education.
  8. For Rural Preferential Recruitment: Demonstrated interest in and commitment to the provision of quality healthcare in a rural setting.

Need more information?

Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases
As you are applying for a Category A position, please read and understand NSW Health Policy Directive PD2020_017. All new employees must agree to comply with the requirements outlined in this policy.

Stepping Up – Close the Gap
The Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES) is working in partnership with the Western NSW Local Health District to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants wishing to apply for this role. For more information please contact the AES recruitment team on (02) 6882 8100 or email dubbo.recruitment@aes.org.au Alternatively, applicants can visit our website for more information.

Working Visas
Applicants holding a visa with working rights may be considered for temporary appointment (up to the expiry date of their visa)

Applications Close: 9 June 2022 – 11:59pm