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Job offers of up to $500,000 to work in a rural Australian town

An outback town in Australia has offered a huge salary and free accommodation to attract a doctor to take up a position at its hospital.

A base salary of between $400,000 and $514,000, among other benefits, is offered to a general practitioner who wishes to take up a full-time position in the town of Julia Creek, 600 km from Townsville.

Not only that, but the local council has also offered to house the new doctor for free in a brand new four-bedroom house, with five weeks annual leave each year included in the package.

Camera iconJulia Creek has a population of 400 to 500 people. Queensland Outback Credit: Provided

The North West Hospital and Health Service also say it will help find a partner of any potential candidate for community employment.

The town has not had a full-time doctor for more than a decade, with residents having to travel hundreds of miles to other towns for treatment.

“Outside of emergencies, people have to find their own way to the nearest hospital,” said McKinlay council deputy mayor Janene Fegan.

Sick patients have to travel 140km to the nearest hospital in Cloncurry or even 250km to Mount Isa.

“The concern is for ‘intermediate’ illnesses, such as a child with a high temperature,” Ms Fegan said.

“What would normally happen is that a doctor would observe them overnight, but we cannot do that at the moment.”

The Julia Creek community has been described as very family-friendly.
Camera iconThe Julia Creek community has been described as very family-friendly. Credit: Provided

Ms Fegan described Julia Creek as a “great escape and a good country town”.

“It’s a safe community to live in; people belong to committees here and it’s a close-knit community,” she said.

“Once you get people here, they’re amazed at the facilities we have and how beautiful and easy the city is to live.”