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General practitioner (Medical officer)

General Practitioners

As a medical officer, you'll provide general medical care to male and female prisoners and juvenile detainees at our clinics and prisons.

You'll also provide out-of-hours advice, attendance (on-call) and general medical management.


The role

Working closely with nurses, pharmacists and other prison and health service staff, you will plan, organise and manage the provision of health care in accordance with the profession's principles and ethics as well as requirements of law.

Your goal is to provide health care to patients in custody at a standard comparable with that available to the general community.

The benefits

Our medical officers enjoy a range of great benefits including:

  • flexible working conditions
  • competitive salary plus superannuation and allowances (professional development, expenses and private practice rights)
  • opportunity for a car under the Government Vehicle Scheme
  • generous leave entitlements including:
    • 4 weeks annual leave plus 17.5% leave loading
    • personal leave
    • parental leave (paid and unpaid)
    • long service leave after 7 years
    • purchased leave
  • making a positive difference in the lives of offenders by providing health care and helping them lead healthy lifestyles.


When positions are advertised, the eligibility requirements will be outlined in the individual job advertisement.

You'll also be required to have registration with the Medical Board of Western Australia and the Fellowship of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) or eligibility to sit for FRACGP.

You'll need an unrestricted C-class (manual) driver's licence (not a probationary licence).

You'll need to be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen or have a valid working visa for Australia.

If you are an applicant outside Australia, refer to our International Recruitment page.

Some positions require a current Working with Children check or the ability to successfully apply for one to be eligible for appointment as a medical officer (this check is undertaken by the department).

Contact us

Further information about the Medical Officer positions can be obtained from the Health Service HR team by:

  • Email:
  • Telephone: +61 8 9264 1385.

For more information about careers with the Department, refer to the working with us page or a list of current vacancies in the Department.

Page last updated: 17-Oct-2016