PERMANENT GP JOB
General Practitioner Vacancy
in Macksville, Mid North Coast
New South Wales (NSW)
MACKSVILLE MEDICAL CENTRE
Macksville Medical Centre is seeking 1 or 2 VR General Practitioners to join our long-established Macksville Practice on the beautiful Mid North Coast of New South Wales. Escape the hustle and bustle (& expense) of big city living & come to the fabulous Mid North Coast of NSW where you will enjoy a great lifestyle with clean air, glorious beaches, rivers & mountains only minutes away.
Macksville Medical Centre
36 Wallace St
Macksville, NSW 2447
Fulltime or Part Time General Practitioners
Macksville Medical Centre is a privately owned medical practice based in Macksville and with a branch surgery (Hibiscus Medical Rooms) located nearby in Nambucca Heads. Both of our surgeries are digitally linked and are fully accredited with AGPAL.
We pride ourselves on providing a very personalised level of medical care and believe that a good General Practice relationship with our patients is central to good medical care. Our practice is staffed by three wonderful specialist GPs with a wide range of clinical skills, supported by a team of nurses and reception staff. Our Macksville surgery is the oldest established practice in the Nambucca Valley, the owner and principal having been there for 42 years.
The Macksville Hospital (which is part of the Coffs Harbour Health Campus) is located only a few hundred metres from our surgery, as is the Ambulance & Fire Service. A new Macksville Hospital is currently being built and is expected to be operational by 2020. Macksville CBD has Dentists, Lawyers, Accountants, Retirement Villages, Supermarkets, Dept Store, Electrical Goods, & many Restaurants, Clubs & Hotels. The two towns have extensive Industrial Estates & many Real Estate Agents, Caravan Parks, Motels. Macksville & Nambucca Heads have their own Railway Station, and coaches also service these towns. We are 35 mins away on the new Pacific Motorway to Coffs Harbour Airport, which is serviced by Qantas, Virgin, Tiger & Fly Corporate to Sydney (55 mins), Melbourne (2 hrs), Brisbane (60 mins). There is also an airport at Port Macquarie. We have a number of good quality schools in Macksville & Nambucca Heads, both public & private, as well as many coaches leaving each day to educational facilities in Coffs Harbour, which also has the Southern Cross University, and the National Marine Science Centre.
This is a unique opportunity for a GP to not only become part of a team of local health professionals, but also to enjoy a lifestyle which is the envy of many people living in the major cities. We have at least 20 enquiries each week for a Doctor to care for the needs of people in this area, so it won't be difficult to fill your books, and you can earn an excellent remuneration for your services.
Our Macksville & Hibiscus Medical Rooms are privately owned by the Principal. There is the possibility of joining the business side of this practice after a qualifying period.
DR VINCE EDGHILL – MB ChB, MRCP (UK)
Vince has been a GP at the Centre for 42 years. He hails from the Caribbean, and received his medical training in Edinburgh, via a prestigious scholarship. He has been a Physician in General Practice in Macksville since 1977. He is widely read, with continuing Internal Medicine interest, and with particular interest in Cardio Metabolic Disease, Type II Diabetes, and Nutrition in relation to Longevity, and the prevention of Chronic Disease.
DR PYAE SONE WIN – MBBS, DCH, FRACGP
Dr Pyae Sone Win has been working in Nambucca and Macksville since 2008. She spent her foundation years training in England and has attained her Fellowship of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She is interested in all domains of family medicine especially Chronic Disease Management, Women’s Health, Adolescent and Children’s Health, Cross Cultural Health and Mental Health. She is enthusiastic about actively promoting healthy lifestyle changes.
DR AYE MIN HAN – MBBS, DTM&H, DCH, FRACGP
Dr Aye Min Han has been working as a General Practitioner in the Nambucca Valley since 2010.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. His other post-graduate qualifications include the Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene from the University of Liverpool, UK and the Diploma in Child Health from the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. He has special interests in Chronic Disease Management and promotion of a healthy lifestyle.
Macksville falls within an RA3 Outer Regional Area and is now considered a Distribution Priority Area (DPA).
The surgery has four nicely appointed Consulting Rooms (all with aircon), 1 x 2 electric bed Procedure Room, Nurse's Room, Large Waiting Room with natural lighting, Prep Room with autoclave, Reception Area and a Coffee Room. We have easy level access at front door for disabled patients and ambulance.
Downstairs, with level easy access via a laneway, we have our Allied Health facilities: Pathology, Podiatry, Psychology and Hearing Services.
Our surgery is open Monday - Friday from 8:30am to 4.30pm. Doctor’s first appointments begin at 9:00am through to 12:30pm. The surgery is closed for lunch between 1- 2pm for everyone to have a break. Then appointments recommence from 2:00pm through to 4:30pm.
There is always one Doctor working every day, often two at the same time. This also applies to our Hibiscus Medical Rooms.
At the moment the surgery closes on Thursdays at 1:00pm for the remainder of the day.
Normal appointments are 10-15 mins, shorter for injections and scripts. Longer appointments are booked for medicals, licence renewals, and involved consultations.
Our Procedure Room is equipped with two electric beds, Defibrillator, and is fully equipped to carry out ECGs, Holter Monitors, Minor surgery, Dressings, Spirometry, EWOs, INRs, BSLs, Injections.
Macksville Medical Centre is a fully computerised practice using Medical Director & PracSoft (LAN connected) and we are AGPAL accredited. We are supported by excellent Nursing & Reception Staff.
We are supported with 3 excellent RNs, as well as an excellent EEN. Our nursing staff assist in the Treatment Room, as well as assisting with Health Assessments, Care Plans, Immunisations, Injections, and Minor Procedures.
ALLIED HEALTH SERVICES
Our onsite Allied Health Services include: Podiatry (critical in Family Medicine), Hearing Services, and Psychology.
Also available in Macksville & Nambucca Heads are: Opthalmology, Physiotherapy, Dental Services, Dietitians and Exercise Physiologist.
Most Specialist services are available in Coffs Harbour (60km), Kempsey (50km) or Port Macquarie (100km).
Macksville is already funded for a brand-new State of the Art Hospital and work is underway on its construction. Our local Macksville Hospital is part of the Coffs Harbour Health Campus which houses the main Specialist Centre and is well represented by all Specialities. Port Macquarie, a now big and bustling city, is an hour away and Kempsey half that. A 4 bed Dialysis unit is operational in Nambucca Heads.
We have Laverty Pathology onsite. Macksville Hospital also provides Pathology & Xray facilities. Nambucca Heads has two Xray facilities and plans are underway to get approval & funding for a CT scanner for the new hospital as well.
OTHER CLINICAL SERVICES
Our surgery provides the following clinical services: Minor Surgery, Trauma Care, Aged Care, Chronic Disease Management, Diet & Nutrition, Health Assessments, Home Medicine Reviews, Immunisations, Men's Health, Travel Medicine, Women’s Health, Childhood Immunisations.
This is largely a retirement/holiday area. Patient demographics is mainly comprised of retirees, a local farming community and holiday makers. However with the new motorway upgrade and proximity to Coffs Harbour a much younger demographic is moving into the area. But still again, mainly country Australians. Chronic diseases relating to our demographics include obesity, and metabolic disorders (including diabetes, vascular diseases, with its associated concomitants, like chronic kidney failure etc).
We are a mostly bulk billing practice, but private billing is at the Doctor's discretion.
The Mid North Coast of NSW is an area of significant medical need. We turn away at least 20 potential patients per week so you will be looking to close your books in less than a year. Because of the wonderful climate here it attracts quite a number of aged folks, AND many young people are returning to live here now with their young families.
Macksville is a small semi-rural town nestled on the banks of the Macksville River in the Nambucca Shire, midway between Brisbane and Sydney. Nambucca Valley has a total population of around 20,000, swelling to greater numbers in the holiday season. There is plenty of very affordable, quality housing within minutes of both of our surgeries and we are surrounded by stunning natural beauty, fabulous uncrowded beaches, rivers & mountains. A brand-new school has just opened up close by, adding to the older, well-established local schools. Coffs Harbour with its modern jet airport and Southern Cross University is just 35 minutes away now on the new Pacific Motorway. Sydney is a 55 minute flight away, and Melbourne is 2hrs direct with Tiger. We are serviced by Qantas, Virgin, Tiger & Fly Corporate.
Whilst Macksville is a popular tourist destination in its own right, we have a number of great towns surrounding us. Sawtell, just South of Coffs Harbour, with its tree lined main strip, including theatre, multiple restaurants, boutiques, magnificent headlands (a paradise for whale watching and surfing), and its river estuary and salt water pool; Bellingen with its creative/artistic/musical flare & beautiful countryside; Gladstone on the mighty Macleay (a Tidy Town Winner); Urunga with its magnificent Board Walk and interesting shopping precinct, rapidly evolving into a boutique seaside township; Dorrigo on the Plateau with its Skywalk and fabulous treks; Pub With No Beer at Taylors Arm; Lemon Myrtle Factory exporting worldwide; wonderful National Parks; Bowraville with its Museum & Theatre; South West Rocks with its incredible Horseshoe Bay, Trial Bay Gaol. All of these local towns have lovely restaurants, cafes, craft shops, antiques, farmers markets etc for you to enjoy.
We have some of the best beaches on the East Coast of Australia for swimming, surfing, boating, snorkelling, diving, skiing, and wonderful rivers for canoeing, kayaking, etc.
Nambucca Tourism: https://www.nambuccatourism.com.au/cp_themes/default/home.asp
SKILLS OR INTERESTS SOUGHT
We are ideally looking for one or two VR unrestricted GPs and vacancies for VMOs at the local hospital are available if you are interested. With the new Macksville Hospital now underway, we envisage there will be quite a demand for VMOs and an increase in demand for GPs.
Over the last few years we have had Doctors retiring, moving back home, natural attrition, etc, & these vacancies have not been filled. We are a burgeoning area with a resurgence of young families coming to live here now, along with a growing population of elderly folk because of the temperate climate. In addition to this we have three Retirement Villages in the area. Our Principal is happy to wind back his hours (partially retire) to support any incoming GPs so there will be plenty of loyal patients to keep an incoming doctor busy, not to mention the inquiries we have each week.
Whilst we are ideally looking for two full time GPs, part time hours can also be accommodated. The position offers as much or as little after-hours work as you wish, including additional work at the Retirement Villages if you are interested.
You pay 30% of billings until established, then negotiable. There is the potential to earn a very attractive remuneration package, even working part time.
$18,000 annual GP location incentive, RA 3 area. We are not a Training Practice.
Invitation to join the business side of the practice with envisaged significant bonus once established.
We would like a Locum for three months: Sept, Oct, Nov this year - with optional dates.
We are offering $160 per hour for 20-24 hrs per week. Hours are negotiable.
We are happy to consider covering flights, car and accommodation. Details to be negotiated.
Macksville and it surrounds is an incredibly beautiful area in which to live, and there is a huge demand for doctors, so your books will be quickly filled. Great potential to earn a very good remuneration while living a slower pace of life, without the trauma of traffic, high rents, smog & fog.
Ruth Furness (Practice Manager)
Macksville Medical Centre
Phone: (02) 6568 1155
Mobile: 0409 695 034
Posted: 12th July 2019
Position Reference: DY17099