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GP Locum - Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation - Galiwinku

Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation currently have a need for an experienced GP Locum for their Ngalkanbuy health service at Galiwin’ku.

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Galiwin’ku is a large Yolngu community of around 2500 people, situated on Elcho Island. Originally established as a mission, its population has grown significantly in recent decades and it now faces major infrastructure constraints (particularly housing) which impact on health status.

The health services here are an integral part of the community and the service is a community led initiative by and for the Yolgnu people. The majority of the Health staff are local indigenous people and they are always happy to assist and advise in the provision of appropriate care for the community.

Emergency first response health care has historically been provided by a team of rural nurses with the guidance of the indispensable resource of the CARPA manual backed up by support from the DMO [District Medical Officer] based in Darwin. This pathway has been found to provide consistency and continuity of care in this environment. Visiting or resident GPs may also be required to provide a supportive role in emergency and acute presentations, depending on availability and competency.

Primary Health Care, including Preventative Medicine, Mental Health Support and Chronic Disease Management, is led by the Aboriginal Health Workers, with support from non-indigenous Nurses and other Health Professionals. The GP provides support as required for these services in conjunction with seeing patients through the Medicare funding system especially in the area of care plan preparation and review and Health checks and Team Meetings. GPs are able to access additional clinical support by contacting other Miwatj GPs or contacting Royal Darwin Hospital to discuss cases or clinical issues with the relevant specialist registrar or consultant.

Most patients of the clinic are local Aboriginal people resident in Galiwin’ku, with additional at times parallel medical support for the outlying communities further north on the island also provided by the Marthakal Clinic. The Galiwin’ku clinic also provides health care for visiting and resident non-indigenous workers, and the occasional traveller.

Dates Required

4 week minimum placements

Taking expressions of Interest. Please submit availability to Locum Coordinator.

Clinic Opening Hours

8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday (will not be required to do any on call work/public holidays).

Transport and Accommodation

All transport from the nearest major airport to and from your location is arranged by NT PHN.

Accommodation and vehicle will be provided while on placement by the health service.

Patient Record System

This clinic uses Communicare.

Eligibility to Apply

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

Location: Galiwinku Arnhem Land

Elcho Island is a traditional Aboriginal (Yolngu) community situated approximately 550km north-east from Darwin in the Northern Territory and is the southern most Island of the Wessel Island chain. Elcho Island is around 50kms long and only 6kms wide, but because of the unsealed, bush track roads it can take many hours by four-wheel drive to get from one end to the other and at times in the wet season areas become inaccessible.

The township of Galiwin'ku is based at the southern end of Elcho Island and has a seasonal population of Yolngu people which includes outstations at Mata Mata, Inglis Island, Maparru and Gariyak and many others. Galiwin'ku is the largest community in East Arnhemland. The population of Galiwin'ku varies during the seasons, with many of the outstation residents migrating to the community during the wet season due to inaccessibility.

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

t 08 8982 1011

Photo: Bawaka Cultural Experiences, Bawaka

Mandatory credit: Shaana McNaught/Tourism NT


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