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General Practitioner - Althea Wellness Centre - Woden

  • 1 – 3 days per week casual contract

The Althea Wellness Centre provides primary clinical care and support to vulnerable clients with complex needs and their family members/significant others. The service is primarily designed to meet the needs of people who have current or past substance use issues and/or other complex needs, who do not have a regular GP or are unable to have their needs met in mainstream health services.

We are very excited that our holistic integrated outreach services are expanding, utilising our new custom-built mobile clinic. Consequently, Directions is seeking to recruit GPs to provide services in our Woden clinic and in our outreach settings.

Our GPs receive an attractive salary and work in a supportive team environment that includes our practice nurses and other members of the Althea clinical team, as well as other program staff who form part of an integrated Directions Health Services response. We can be flexible with the number of days and the hours you are able to work across Monday – Friday business hours. No weekend work or on-call is required.

If you are seeking a full-time position, or are interested in combining different roles, we can link you with other agencies and GP practices in Canberra.


  • General medical services, similar to services provided in mainstream general practice, including management of acute and chronic health conditions and health prevention activities in our Woden clinic and/or outreach settings
  • Care coordination for people with longer term conditions, including advocacy and referral to other health and community services and participation in case conferences as required
  • Assessment of pharmacotherapy needs and prescription of opiate replacement therapies
  • Provision of education and support regarding harm minimisation strategies and lifestyle choices that can improve health and wellbeing

Essential Criteria

  • MBBS, or equivalent, current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA)
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, or equivalent
  • Past experience working in a general practice setting, particularly with vulnerable populations
  • Recognised opiate replacement prescriber, or willingness to obtain
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in management of chronic and acute medical conditions, including those associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues, and minor procedures associated with general practice medicine
  • Understanding of Primary Health Care principles and impact of the social determinants of health on vulnerable people
  • Ability and a commitment to effectively engage with clients and peers from a marginalised background, in a non-judgemental courteous and respectful manner

All appointments are conditional upon a satisfactory AFP Police Check, Working with Vulnerable People registration and Australian citizenship or suitable rights to work in Australia.

For information, please call Ali Loom, Practice Nurse Coordinator or Carolyn Andreae, HR Manager on 02 6132 4800. To download the Position Description, please go the Directions Health Services website.

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