Western NSW Local Health District
: Visiting Medical Officer
: As per VMO Determination
: As per roster
12 July 2022 – 11.59pm
The vCare Virtual Rural Generalist (vCaVRG) will complement the delivery of clinical care for patients within Western NSW Local Health District by supporting local rural clinicians utilising virtual enabling telehealth tools.
The vCaVRG will utilise visually enabled telehealth tools to support patients and local clinicians at small rural facilities within Western NSW LHD, including the provision of expert clinical advice regarding Eemrgency presentations, Critical care and optimising decisions relating to transport. vCare operates 24/7, with the current priority being to ensure reliable cover for night shifts (2300 – 0700 AEST/AEDT, UTD +10/11).
This position offers a varied and challenging case-mix across the full range of emergency and critical care presentations. Applicanst with the right approach and skills can make a huge contribution to supporting health care for rural and remote patients, families and their local clinicians.
Location negotiable, with shifts able to be undertaken from your own home or regular office anywhere in Australia, assuming reliable internet access and other telecommunication considerations.
Other benefits of the role:
- Flexible work hours and flexible rostering practices.
- Develop your clinical and communication skills in the area of telehealth.
- Be part of an innovative team striving for optimising health outcomes across rural and remote NSW.
- Opportunities for learning and development, including in-house training with and the NSW Health RTO.
- Professional growth and accelerated career progression.
In this position you will work from your home or usual office that must be well equipped with a reliable internet connection and telephone with surround that are appealing to the virtual patient experience.
Western NSW Local Health District is one of the largest Local Health Districts in NSW covering an area of 246,676 square kilometres, similar to the size of Britain. We deliver innovative health services to an estimated resident population of approximately 276,000 people.
There are more than 30,786 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Local Health District, representing 11.1% of the total population. This is significantly higher than the NSW average of 2.1%. Our region has some of the most vulnerable population in NSW, and even Australia, who generally have a lower socio-economic status, shorter life expectancy, and poorer health outcomes than other people living in NSW.
- The vCaVRG will complement the delivery of clinical care for patients within WNSWLHD by supporting local rural clinicians utilising virtually enabled telehealth tools with a focus on ensuring world class health care, recognition of the challenges for our high-risk populations, mitigating the tyranny of distance, providing efficient, safe and effective transport and ensuring care is close to home where appropriate.
- The vCaVRG will work collaboratively with clinicians at facilities across the WNSWLHD, including closely supporting the nurse co-ordinators and transport staff within vCare.
- The vCaVRG will work collaboratively to support the Virtual Rural Generalist Service (VRGS) underperiods of demand and may include direct patient assessment and management for patients subsequently referred to the vCare service.
- The vCaVRG will escalate appropriately and in a timely fashion to the vCare Virtual Rural Specialist who provide the first line of escalation and support, including leading all critically unwell or life threatened referrals.
- The vCaVRG will ensure timely response to conference calls, prescriptions, documentation and utilise approved vCare systems.
- The vCaVRG will ensure their home office environment is sufficient and appropriate to maintain a reliable and professional service during clinical shifts that are not based at the vCare Hubs.
- vCare operates 24/7 and the current priority primarily is to ensure reliable cover for night shifts (2300-0700 AEST/AEDT, UTC +10/11) though alternative 8 hour shift patterns may be agreed.
- Eligible applicants from time zones and locations outside of New South Wales with current Medical Board of Australia registration are welcomed to apply.
- The vCaVRG will be expected to commit to a number of shifts (between 1 and 4) per week. Up to 5 weeks of unpaid leave may be taken per annum as mutually agreed in advance. Remuneration will advance annually in line with the Visiting Medical Officer Determination.
- A minimum period of a three-day placement for clinical shifts per annum is required to be attended in the vCare Hub, Dubbo. Accommodation and domestic Australian transport (for the medical officer only) will be provided where agreed in advance to allow the annual placement. The first placement will need to be completed at the time of orientation unless mutually agreed otherwise.
- Current registration as a Medical Practitioner with the Medical Board of Australia and ability to meet the Essential Requirements of the role.
- Eligibility for Citizenship, Residency or Visa compatible with on-going employment by NSW Health.
- Proven capacity and/or experience at Post graduate Medical experience exceeding 4 years within Australia or an equivalent Medical system, including at least 6 months of emergency medicine and at least 6 months of critical care specialties such as emergency, anaesthetics, intensive care or aeromedical retrieval.
- Demonstrated skills and attitudes appropriate as a senior medical practitioner including modelling a high standard of professional behaviour to all staff.
- Proven capacity and/or experience in the provision of effective, high quality, Emergency and Critical Care service, with Retrieval or Telemedicine experience being an advantage.
- Demonstrated highly developed information technology skills.
- Evidence of continuing medical education, participation in quality improvement activities and self-monitoring/audit practices consistent with the scope of practice requirements of the position.
- Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with a multidisciplinary health care team and demonstrated ability to communicate with patients, family, colleagues and other staff and to work as an effective member of the clinical team across many hospitals.
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- For role related queries or questions contact Dr James Parkes via email or phone 0400 909 023.
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Applicants holding a visa with working rights may be considered for temporary appointment (up to the expiry date of their visa) where no suitable applicant for permanent appointment is identified.