Huon Valley Council Medical Careers

About the Huon Valley

The Huon Valley is a vibrant, semi-rural community located 30 minutes south of Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart. It is Australia’s southernmost municipal area with a population of more than 17,000 people.

The Valley’s 5,497 square kilometres are characterised by meandering waterways and forested hills. The region’s fertile landscape produces an array of quality foods that has helped Tasmania earn its reputation as a food lover’s paradise.

There are five main townships across the Valley including Dover, Geeveston, Franklin, Huonville and Cygnet, with many other smaller hamlets and an abundance of beautiful beaches which attract permanent and semi-permanent residents.

Huon Valley residents share a strong and welcoming community spirit, with plenty of events, activities and groups happening locally to get involved in. The community cares deeply about the heritage of the region and are devoted to keeping traditions alive, making the Valley a culturally and historically rice place to live.

Beautiful bushwalking, climbing, rafting and cycling are all easily accessed within the Huon Valley and its surrounds.

The Valley prides itself on its pristine environment, rich living history, strong maritime connections, temperate wilderness, unique accessible wildlife, world-renowned food and wine, seasonal climate variations and of course, its people. The gourmet food festival, Taste of the Huon, held each year in March, is a weekend-long celebration of the best produce the region has to offer.

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Medical Services in the Valley

The Huon Valley Council owns and operates Australia’s southernmost Medical Practices at Geeveston and Dover. The practices operate five days a week, providing medical services to the communities of Southport, Dover, Geeveston and beyond.

Other private practices are located in Huonville and Cygnet.

The Huon Valley Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from General Practitioners seeking to work in the beautiful natural surrounds of the Huon Valley. The General Practitioner will have the opportunity to work at either or both of the Geeveston and Dover Medical Centres in a full time or part time capacity, whilst enjoying the relaxed lifestyle in a unique natural environment.

This opportunity will expose you to diverse medical positions whilst working with multidisciplinary teams across the two practices, including GP’s, Registrars, Practice Nurses, students, visiting allied health professionals, and practice staff. The position allows you to work with four other GP’s with the capacity to use your wide array of skills and, of course, to develop new ones if you wish. The practice encourages GP’s to utilise whatever skills they already have especially in this rural setting. The GP’s have total autonomy in their medical practice and this is augmented by regular practice meetings between the professional staff. You will have the opportunity to work in a relaxed, professional environment with excellent remuneration capacity. No traffic jams and only one hour from Hobart – live where it suits best.

Accommodation is also available for a period of time subject to negotiation and individual circumstances.

The Huon Valley Council offers two types of employment options – Employment or Contractor Agreements. An Employment Agreement includes a per-session payment paid fortnightly, plus superannuation, annual leave, study leave as well as performance incentive payments based on the income generated (total of at least 65% of gross earnings). The Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) also pays GP’s for servicing the local rural health beds.

The Huon Valley’s local aged-care provider Huon Regional Care delivers residential aged care facilities at their Dover and Franklin sites. These sites also include palliative care units and rural health beds, funded by DHHS. GP’s are able to admit to the facility and continue to provide care.

About the Geeveston Medical Centre

The Geeveston Medical Centre is located at 19 Arve Road, Geeveston, 50 minutes from Hobart. Geeveston is the gateway to the Hartz Mountains National Park and has historically been known as a timber town, with attractions such as the Tahune Airwalk, Geeveston Town Hall, and Visitor Information Centre. Geeveston has a population of more than 1300 people, a median age of 46 and a total of 355 families.

The local area includes a private and a public primary school, Early Learning Centre, and Child and Family Centre as well as a bank, pharmacy, library, hardware store, supermarket and cafés.

About the Dover Medical Centre

The Dover Medical Centre is co-located with Huon Regional Care at 15 Chapman Avenue, Dover, 75 minutes from Hobart.

Dover is one of Tasmania’s most southern towns, sitting at the head of Esperance Bay, one of the many bays off the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, and overlooking the small islands of Faith, Hope and Charity. It has attractive beaches and unspoilt scenery, while quaint cottages and English trees give the town an old-world charm. Dover is the entrance to the famous Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and other popular tourist attractions such as Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs, and Cockle Creek.

Dover has a population of more than 850 people with a median age of 54 and a total of 229 families. The local area includes a public school providing education from Kinder through to Year 12, a Child Care Centre as well as a bank, pharmacy, library, hardware store, supermarket and cafés. There are vibrant clubs in the area including a football, bowls and sailing club as well as a book club, writers group, museum and more.

Teaching and learning practices

Working in a rural practice can be very rewarding and satisfying. Our General Practitioners understand the importance of training and supporting medical students. They provide the students with a real feel for working in a rural general practice. Both practices host 3rd, 5th and final year medical students from the University of Tasmania and John Flynn placements.

The practices are also accredited for Registrar placements, working closely with General Practice Training Tasmania for the placement of Registrars from the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and Royal Australian College of General Practicioners (RACGP).

The professional benefits of working in a rural practice include access to professional development and support networks that will help foster skills and develop leadership. Emergency medicine education and training sessions are conducted on a regular basis by staff from the Royal Hobart Hospital as well as regular combined practice clinical meetings held throughout the year.

Financial incentives

  1. The Geeveston and Dover Medical Centres provide mixed billings. Concession card holders and children under the age of 16 are bulk billed. The practices receive the Medicare rebate for bulk billing concession card holders.
  2. In addition, General Practitioners are all eligible to receive service incentive payments from Medicare, DHHS payments for the rural health beds, and teaching payments for the medical students and the Registrar.
  3. General Practitioners working at either practice are also eligible for the Australian Government General Practice Rural Incentives Program.
  4. Further information on approximate incentive payments is available on request.

Employment Information

The Huon Valley Council offers two types of employment options – Employment or Contractor Agreements.

An Employment Agreement includes a per-session payment paid fortnightly in arrears, plus superannuation, annual leave and performance incentive payment based on the income generated.

Base salary$250 per session
Performance incentive55% of included income* (i.e. 55% of fees generated)
Superannuation9.5%
Annual leave6 weeks of paid leave per 12 months of continuous employment based on sessions worked. This is paid at the base salary rate.
Personal leave2 weeks of paid personal, sick, compassionate and carer’s leave per 12 months of continuous employment based on sessions worked.
Study leaveUp to 2 weeks paid study leave based on sessions worked.
Public holidaysPaid base salary on public holidays (if it is your usual working day)
Salary sacrificeArrangement can be requested for superannuation
InsuranceGP’s are covered for
  • Workers Compensation
  • GP’s are required to hold current Medical Indemnity Insurance and provide a copy of the currency certificate on an annual basis
TaxDeducted from included income

The base salary is used to calculate all service-related benefits including leave entitlements.

The Performance Incentive is a payment equal to 55 per cent of included income, calculated over each four-week consecutive period, which is inclusive of and not in addition to the base salary.

Superannuation at 9.5 per cent is paid based on the base salary and performance incentive.

Direct payment of Medicare Service Incentive Payments (SIP), and payments applicable to the Australian Government General Practice Rural Incentives Program.

* Included income means fees generated directly, while not on leave, by the Employee in providing medical services through the practices. To avoid doubt, included income does not include:

  • Practice Nurse Items where the Nurse raises their own Medicare charge; or
  • Existing PIP and PNIP payments

Current vacancies are advertised here

For more information, please contact:
Margaret McPherson
Manager Medical Services
hvc@huonvalley.tas.gov.au
Phone: (03) 6264 0300