Indian Ocean Territories - Christmas Island

Vacancy Number: 1420

The Indian Ocean Territories Health Service (IOTHS) is currently seeking a motivated, professional and suitably qualified Director of Public Health and Medicine (SMO) to join our team on Christmas Island. This is a two year fixed term position with a generous employment package – including a district allowance, professional development allowance, relocation assistance, access to subsidised housing and a subsidised vehicle. Christmas Island is a unique environment with the famous annual red crab migration, amazing diving, snorkelling, walking tracks and a well-equipped recreation and sports centre. Culturally diverse population of around 1500 people. A great place for families and outdoor enthusiasts. Christmas Island experiences a tropical equatorial climate with a wet season (November to April) and dry season. The maximum temperature varies between 26 and 28 degrees Celsius across the year with relative humidity constant between 80 and 85%.

The Practice Private, group practice. Remote Health Service combining primary health care, community care, emergency medicine and hospital inpatient care within the one location.
The Requirements
  • Surgery: Essential
  • Emergency: Essential
  • On call: 1:3
The Package
  • Renumeration: $351,000 - $400,000 plus super
  • Accommodation: A 3 bedroom house with sea views, air conditioning and undercover garage space will be provided at minimal cost - around $70 per week.
  • Vehicle: A fully maintained utility vehicle is provided - usually a late model Mitsubishi triton. A nominal fee of around $12 per week is payable.
  • Leave: 27 days annual leave, 15 days personal leave and study leave of up to 10 days.
  • Other details: An generous remuneration package will be negotiated including study leave, professional development allowance, access to GPRIP payments and annual leave airfare.
Map of Indian Ocean Territories

Indian Ocean Territories

Christmas Island

Christmas Island is a dot in the Indian Ocean 2,600 kilometres north west of Perth. The cultural background is diverse, with settlers having come from Malaysian, Chinese, Indonesian and European backgrounds. The society works as a harmonious blend of cultures, accepting and inclusive of each other’s beliefs and practices.

The island is the peak of a submarine mountain, its 80 kilometre coastline of mostly sheer cliff broken by occasional small bays or inlets. 63 per cent of the island is comprised of national park, populated by many species unique to the island.

Cocos Island

This tiny horseshoe shaped island is 2750 kilometres north west of Perth and 900 kilometres south west of Christmas Island. Cocos Island also represents a melding of the cultural backgrounds of the settlers arriving on the island from all points of the globe. However the culture and religion practised here is predominantly Muslim and the prevalent language is a dialect of Malaysian called Cocos-Malay.

The island comprises two coral atolls and is home to a stunning diversity of bird and marine life.

The climate in this region is equatorial, with temperatures reaching a maximum of around 28 degrees celsius year round, but high rainfall in the wet season of December to April and prone to occasional cyclonic activity.