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Rural Generalism

Rural Generalism

Western NSW aspires to be world leaders in Rural Generalism.  We greatly value the unique skillset of Rural Generalist doctors and foster a culture that supports our clinicians through an inclusive, collaborative and caring team environment.


Our Rural Generalist positions offer:

  • Great variety
  • Procedural work
  • Non-clinical roles eg quality & safety, clinical governance and management
  • Education & training
  • Innovative remuneration packages
  • Support for better work life balance

As a Rural Generalist, we understand the importance you place on working to the top of your scope of skills and we strive to provide job opportunities that both foster this aim and support you through leadership and mentoring for career progression.

In addition to providing the highest quality rural healthcare, we are world-recognised leaders in the delivery of virtual services. We use a range of 24/7 virtual care programs with the aim to make your job easier, give a better work-life balance and provide support when challenging situations arise.

The main reason many people join us is that they want to be a part of shaping the future of rural health. Sometimes it will be hard, other times demanding, but we promise it always be extremely rewarding.

So, if you’re up for a challenge, are driven to make an impact and want to make your mark, we could be just what you are looking for.

Explore the Careers of Rural Generalist’s in Western NSW

Choose your own adventure

Many of our smaller sites are staffed by Rural Generalist General Practitioners.  Our procedural facilities at Cowra, Forbes, Mudgee and Parkes have opportunities for Rural Generalists skilled in Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery and Emergency Medicine.  Our non-procedural facilities have opportunities in Emergency Medicine and Aged Care .

Western NSW LHD offers a range of employment models including for employment in new Rural Generalist Staff Specialist positions.

How we support you

Western NSW LHD is at the forefront of virtual care models designed to deliver patient care where and when it is needed and to support you by providing out of hours and weekend coverage. Models of virtual care used in our LHD include:

  • vCare providing specialty-level advice, critical care expertise, transport, logistics, and coordination support
  • Virtual Rural Doctors Service (VRGS) a comprehensive virtual service, the first of its kind in Australia where VRGS doctors work both virtually and in person to provide rural generalist medical coverage and fatigue management for existing VMOs
  • Virtual Mental Health Emergency Care (MHEC) providing mental health assessments and emergency care to consumers across our district using teleconferencing to avoid unnecessary transport and trauma.
  • Virtual Allied Health Service provides virtual access to Allied Health services including dietetics, occupational therapy, speech pathology, physiotherapy and social work.
These services have been recognised by the Agency for Clinical Innovation and feature in the ‘Spotlight on Virtual Care’ reports, showcasing innovation and leadership in virtual health care delivery across NSW. Each initiative was selected and reviewed through a peer-based process.
A report on each of the models can be downloaded by clicking the reports below.




“I’m supported overnight with the Virtual Rural Generalist Service so I am able to find a balance between my work and personal life.”

Dr Sally Plunkett GP VMO Dunedoo

Great incentives

Being rural and remote affords several incentives above large regional or metro counterparts and include paid training days, insurance rebates and if undertaking primary care further training opportunities and the workforce incentive program.  Our salary packaging options include up to $20,650 pa pre-tax deduction for living, meals & entertainment, plus pre-tax moving costs, rent while looking to buy in your new location, stamp duty on your new home and novated vehicle lease.

GP Obstetrician Dr Kelly Bradley talks about the great variety in her work and the rewards working in acute care, then being able to follow up as a GP

Procedural Hospitals

We have multiple positions available in our procedural hospitals as Rural Generalist Staff Specialists, working for the service as a full time employee or on a Sessional VMO contract to develop general practice alongside your hospital work.  We are flexible and you can discuss the pro’s and con’s and your preferences with our team. Find out more about each facility by downloading the hospital’s candidate information kit in the links below.



“The medicine is fascinating and you really feel like you are making a contribution to your patient’s lives”
Dr Robin Williams Rural Generalist Molong

Multi Purpose Services

As world recognised leaders in the delivery of 24/7 virtual care services you can utilise these to make your job easier, give a better work-life balance and receive support when challenging situations arise.  We provide the small rural town GP experience, without the onerous on-call and location ties that disrupt holidays and other out of community plans.

To find out more about the towns, the lifestyle and Rural Generalist positions we have available, please click on the images below for the candidate info kits.

How Far?

We’re a big district and really well connected by air. Download our driving and flying getting round time map and find our how easy it is to get here and away  – we are much closer than you think!

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