Fitzroy Crossing Hospital, Western Australia


15 bed hospital


Remote town in Kimberley region, WA



Your Profession:

Medicine (doctor - FRACP trainee)

Typical experience:

Predominantly aboriginal health.

ED: various conditions... assaults / trauma, paediatrics (OM, chest infections, impetigo etc), occasional acute medical emergencies (acute MI, seizures), chronic disease (Diabetes, CCF, COPD etc)

Hospital facilities:

  • Ward - 15 beds (mixed)
  • Emergency department (2 beds). No operating theatre.
  • CXR (performed by nurses), ECG, USS machine (dr operated incl for obstetric use). No lab on site (bloods sent to Broome or Derby hence delay of 1-2 days for results)

Major duties:

Work as a DMO (district medical officer - cross between a GP and HMO/medical registrar)

Alternate daily between inpatient-wards / emergency AND GP style outpatient clinics (at FX hospital or surrounding communities... via plane or landcruiser)

Working hours:

  • Mon - Fri 0800- 1700
  • Oncall 1:3 after hours + sat / Sunday (rotating roster)


House or flat near hospital provided. Car and petrol (400kms) provided.


Local supermarket

Phone/Internet access:

Phone and internet available in hospital.

Hospital staff:

2-4 doctors (usually 2 permanent GPs +- locum staff). Nursing staff live on site,


English, Aboriginal dialect

Town facilities:

Small supermarket, post office, 2 pubs

Getting there:

Flight via perth to broome. Small plane brooome to FX or hire car (4 hours)


Able to travel around kimberleys in time off (Hall's creek, Bungle bungle, geike gorge , derby, broome etc)

Hospital Contact:

via AMAWA If you would like to make contact, please email and we will pass your message on.

My contact details:

Wil Wilson
RMH Cardiology
If you would like to make contact, please email and we will pass your message on.
Date of your visit: April - August 2006

Other Comments:

Excellent remote hospital dealing predominantly with aboriginal health. General experience required (basic general medicine - adult and paediatrics, basic surgical skills - suturing, fracture reduction etc, obstetric experience helpful but not required)