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Julia Creek, Queensland: Wanted doctor in remote town


An Australian outback town has offered a huge salary and free accommodation to lure a doctor to a position at its hospital.

A basic salary of $400,000 to $514,000 is on offer among other benefits for a GP seeking a full-time position in Julia Creek, 600km from Townsville.

Not only that, but the local council has also offered to accommodate the new doctor in a new four-bedroom house free of charge, including five weeks of annual leave each year.

The North West Hospital and Health Service also say it will help find a partner for any potential job applicant in the community.

The city has been without a full-time doctor for more than a decade, and local residents are forced to travel hundreds of kilometers to other cities for treatment.

“Except in an emergency, people should find their own way to the nearest hospital,” McKinley Council Deputy Mayor Janine Fegan said.

Sick patients have to travel 140 km to the nearest hospital in Cloncurry or even 250 km to Mount Isa.

“The concern is ‘intermediate’ illnesses such as a child with a high temperature,” Ms Fegan said.

“Usually a doctor would monitor them overnight, but we can’t do that at the moment.”

Ms Fegan described Julia Creek as “a great escape and a nice country town”.

“This is a safe community to live in; people are on committees here and it’s a very tight-knit community,” she said.

“Once you get people here, they’re amazed at the amenities we have and how nice and easy this city is to live in.”

Originally published as Jobs offer up to $500,000 to work in a rural Australian city


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