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GP Locum - Urapuntja Health Service - Utopia

  • $1300 per day
  • Remote Location
  • 2 - 3 week placement blocks

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The Practice

Urapuntja Health Service is a unique health service, in that they deliver an outreach service to all 16 outstation communities throughout the week. 

Urapuntja Health Service is looking for general practitioner locums. In the clinic is, four registered nurses, Aboriginal Health Practitioners and a clinic manager. Visiting specialist teams include cardiology, psychiatry, obstetrics, optometry, pediatrics, physiotherapy, podiatry, a diabetes nurse and a mental health nurse.

Available equipment in the clinic includes:

  • defibrillator
  • IV cannulas
  • slit lamp
  • ultrasound machine
  • I-stat machine
  • portable cardiac monitor
  • POC HB machines
  • speculite
  • laryngoscope
  • ET tubes
  • intra-osseous needle
  • ACR testing
  • tympanic thermometer 
  • orthopaedic plaster
  • baby ventillations masks
  • neonatal trolley with heater. 

Available Dates

  • January 2020
  • February 2020
  • Further dates available in 2020

Clinic opening hours

9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Locum is not required to work weekend or public holidays, or provide on-call services.

Transport and accommodation

All transport from the nearest major airport to and from your location is arranged by RWA NT. Accommodation and vehicle will be provided by the health service. Vehicle is not available for use outside of work hours. Manual licence required.

Patient record system

This clinic uses Communicare.

Eligibility to apply

Must have current non-restricted registration by the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a general practice specialisation is essential.

Essential requirements

Understanding of remote Northern Territory context and previous use of Communicare are essential. Previous remote experience required.


Utopia is a region of smaller Aboriginal homeland outstations located approximately 270km northeast of Alice Springs, via the Sandover Highway. The smaller outstations serviced by the Utopia Clinic include, Antarrengeny, Ngkwarlerlaner, and Arnkawwenyerr Amengernternenh (where the Utopia clinic is located). Outstation populations vary from 20 to 100 people, with around 1000 permanent residents in the region. Community facilities in Arlparra, 10km south of the Utopia clinic, include a general store (sells items found in small community supermarket and takeaway hot food, local gym, police station, primary school and a campus of the Bachelor Aboriginal Institute. There is also an Indigenous night patrol operated by the Urapuntja Council. Arlparra and the Utopia region are dry communities and alcohol is strictly prohibited. Staff accommodation has telephone connections, TV, fridge/freezer and linen provided.

Utopia has an extreme desert climate. The summer is hot with temperatures often exceeding forty degrees celsius. In winter, the nights are cold, often sub-zero and frosts occur from June to August. After the infrequent rain, the desert landscape is transformed with an abundance of wildflowers that turns the deep red coloured desert floor into a utopian garden.

For a confidential discussion about this excellent opportunity, contact Lauren Golotta, Locum Coordinator:

08 8982 1011

Photo: Alice Springs Desert Park, Red Centre

Mandatory credit: John Henshall/Tourism NT

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