First listed on: 23 May 2022

Medical Officer - Virtual Rural Generalist


The Virtual Rural Generalist Service (VRGS) is Australia’s first comprehensive telehealth service providing inpatient and emergency care to rural communities where local medical and nursing staff require additional support.

The VRGS was developed by Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) to provide 24/7 support to local medical and nursing staff to deliver safe and high-quality care to rural and remote communities. VRGS delivers a comprehensive virtual service and is the first of its kind in Australia.

VRGS doctors work both virtually and in person to provide Rural Generalist medical coverage for Hospitals and Multipurpose Services (MPSs) and fatigue management when a local Visiting Medical Officer (VMO) is not available, or needs a break (including overnight and on weekends).

VRGS provides the following to all rural facilities in WNSWLHD alongside on-site clinicians:

  • Video consultations to Emergency Department (ED) patients;
  • Medical management of acute inpatients;
  • Virtual ward rounds for inpatients;
  • Clinical support for Residential Aged Care (RAC) residents in rural MPSs where the local GP is not available;
  • Face-to-face coverage for rural hospitals for 25% of shifts.

The hybrid nature of the role means you will be working both virtually as well as face-to-face within WNSWLHD providing medical coverage for rural hospitals and MPSs (minimum 25% face-to-face shift requirement). Utilising the experience of Rural Generalists, the Virtual Rural Generalist Service (VRGS) has been established to provide 24/7 medical expert support across Western NSW’s 35 rural and remote facilities when and where it is needed.

Click here to view the ACI VRGS Model of Care

What we can offer you

  • Location negotiable, with virtual shifts able to be undertaken anywhere in Australia, assuming reliable internet access and other telecommunication considerations.
  • Join a team of expert rural generalists setting the benchmark for telehealth provision in to rural communities.
  • Competitive rates of remuneration.
  • Be at the cutting edge of virtual care in Australia.
  • Ability to travel to rural and remote regions of Western NSW.

This service is an innovative, unique clinical model of care, utilising one of the most developed telehealth infrastructures in Australia. With proven safety and quality standards, VRGS is a supplemental service to traditional medical care in rural and remote communities where it provides both emergency and inpatient services via telehealth.

For more information contact Shannon Nott  0409 903 325 or  Amelia Haigh  0428 923 504

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