Consultant in Inpatient Psychiatry

Consultant/Specialist - Queensland, Australia

Ref: 521Tuesday 23 January 2024

up to $514k + oncall



Consultant in Psychiatry  - rural inpatient services. In this job, you'll be based in metro Townsville with air travel to regional services. This is a fantastic opportunity to join an Australian mental health service committed to the well-being and professional development of their employees, providing a sensational work life balance in an enviable laid back, tropical climate. 





Townsville's service is the state of Queensland's most comprehensive mental health service outside of the city of Brisbane, with over 30 FTE psychiatrists. The health service provides care to a catchment population of over 250k people across 19 hospitals and health centres providing services - from remote primary care to highly specialised care at a University Hospital -  the largest tertiary hospital in Northern Australia, providing specialist referral services for over 700,000 people.


This dynamic mental health service is seeking a consultant psychiatrist to work in their Rural Services group, based out of the city HQ.






Opportunity highlights


  • Package up to $514k +oncall and other allowances.
  • Work across 5 services. 
  • A comprehensive and well funded public mental health service dedicated to delivering first class contemporary psychiatric care.
  • A highly well-regarded Medical Director who will support your interests.
  • Opportunity to utilise all of your special interests from forensic psychiatry to further subspecialty interests.
  • The service and clinical director has an excellent reputation for providing rewarding professional opportunities.
  • Teaching opportunities available through affiliation with James Cook University.
  • Excellent remuneration and benefits, including CME allowance and leave, relocation, car allowances. 



Community highlights


  • Laid back tropical lifestyle suitable for families or couples. 
  • Much lower cost of living than Australian national average. 
  • Wonderful housing options including in downtown beachside areas or surrounding riverside suburbs.
  • One of the top private schools in Queensland.
  • Convenient access to the Great Barrier Reef and tropical islands.
  • Plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities: olympic sized outdoor pools, cricket ovals, football, basketball, netball, hiking, golfing , camping, scuba diving, sea kayaking, sea fishing etc.
  • Multi-use sports stadiums. 
  • Great city amenities and plenty of events and festivals throughout the year.
  • Great shopping and dining options, professional sports, and a variety of historical and cultural attractions.




Selection criteria includes but is not limited to:

  • Knowledge of contemporary psychiatric practices and issues.
  • Evidence of appropriate expertise in the skills of a consultant psychiatrist with ability to travel to practice in rural areas.
  • Achievements as a clinical leader and innovator.
  • Clinical leadership in a multidisciplinary setting. 
  • Willingness to participate in teaching and education initiatives as well as supervising medical staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to shape strategy and policy. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to clinical governance and quality improvement. 





If trained outside of Australia, applicants must have equivalent specialist training completed in Ireland, UK (not CESR), New Zealand, Canada, South Africa or, if trained in Sri Lanka you must have completed 2yrs placement in Australia or New Zealand; and have completed at least 6months in child and adolescent psychiatry in training as well as have had at least 2.5yrs consultant level experience following your completion of specialist training. 





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