CHRISTMAS ISLAND – Director of Public Health and Medicine

Category: Director of Public Health & Medicine
Type: Full Time
Location: Christmas Island

Director of Public Health & Medicine
Position will be located on Christmas Island (Indian Ocean Territories)

Full Time Ongoing Vacancy | Generous remuneration package – negotiable

Package valued in excess of $440,000 including:

  • Base salary
  • Employer contribution to superannuation
  • Commuted allowance calculated at 30% of the annual base salary
  • District Allowance payable in addition to base salary
  • Professional development expenses allowance
  • Generous leave entitlements
  • Annual return airfares assistance to Perth
  • Remote support package (including access to subsidised housing and vehicle) for eligible candidates

The Indian Ocean Territories Administration (IOTA) is currently seeking a motivated, professional and suitably qualified person to join our team as the Director of Public Health & Medicine (DPHM) within the Indian Ocean Territories Health Service (IOTHS) based on Christmas Island. This position is a similar level to a Western Australian Country Health Service Senior Medical Officer position.

The IOTHS delivers a primary and acute health care service in two of Australia’s most remote and most spectacular settings – Christmas Island (CI) and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands (CKI). IOTHS includes a 24 hour eight bed hospital and primary care facility on CI and clinics on Home and West Islands in the CKI. The IOTHS is committed to “Working with our communities to keep us healthy for the whole of our lives”.

The DPHM is primarily responsible for the delivery of quality medical and emergency services to the communities of CI and the CKI. The DPHM will:

  • Supervise and support the District Medical Officers on both CI and CKI; the Medical Scientist and Community Social Worker on CI, using performance agreements and structured performance appraisals;
  • Undertake clinical duties by providing direct patient care to the community in primary, secondary, emergency and community health care settings;
  • Provide advice on the appropriate visiting specialist’s arrangements (medical and allied health) and for reviewing services provided;
  • Provide leadership to direct reports and ensure responsible, efficient and effective management of the human, physical, financial and systems resources for medical services;
  • In addition, the DPHM further plays a key role within the Executive Management Team of the IOTHS. 

Our ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability to lead and manage a clinical portfolio, have recent (within the last 12 months) and substantial experience working effectively in a rural or remote cross cultural environment within an Emergency Department, as well as experience in in-patient management, public health, women’s health, child health and chronic disease management. Further the successful candidate will also possess emergency life support skills and be committed to ongoing medical self education and the education of other staff.

The successful candidate will be registered as, or be eligible for, a medical practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA), and hold a post graduate qualification and/or have recognised current clinical experience in General Practice. Further, the successful applicant will also hold a current Western Australian Working with Children Check, hold a ‘C’ class manual Driver’s Licence transferable to the Indian Ocean Territories and be subject to a health assessment and pre-employment screening.

For an application pack outlining how you can apply for this opportunity, please contact the IOTA Human Resources Team at and quote position number 109097.

Applications close 4pm (Christmas Island local time),
Thursday 29 February 2024



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