Medical Practitioner, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Dili, Timor Leste


Medical Officer 4
Job Ref: 0289/2024
Ongoing/Non-ongoing, Full-Time
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DFAT is seeking a suitably qualified Medical Practitioner to lead its small medical team in Dili, Timor Leste. It is an on-going position with future potential opportunities in clinics in Jakarta, Honiara, Solomon Islands and Port Moresby. All applicants will be considered for merit listing for potential future vacancies over the next 12 months. The clinics provide primary care medical services to Australia’s diplomatic mission in the Asia-Pacific. The successful candidates will work closely with DFAT’s Canberra-based Medical Unit and a Registered Nurse who will also reside in country. You will also advise the Ambassador and the Principal Medical Adviser in Canberra on local health matters.

Ongoing appointments will be expected to move between clinic locations every three to four years. DFAT is committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace where all employees are valued. We appreciate the experiences, skills and perspectives of all individuals. We actively encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds. Please refer to our Workplace Diversity internet page for further information.

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Have the ability to deliver high quality general practice services, including a willingness to be on call after hours and respond to emergencies.
  • Have knowledge of, or experience in, tropical medicine and aeromedical evacuations.
  • Have emergency clinical skills.
  • Display flexibility and adaptability, professional and personal, to adapt to varied and difficult environments.
  • Work well in a team and be a key leader in assisting to develop the medical services to meet DFAT’s specific needs at the relevant post.
  • Have high level oral and written communication skills and the ability to consult and liaise with expatriate and local medical personnel.
  • Have highly developed interpersonal skills, including sensitivity, tolerance and tact, and the ability to gain confidence of staff and families at all levels.
  • Have proven ability to deliver primary health care with overseas or remote area experience highly desirable.

Professional requirements


  • Current unrestricted AHPRA registration as a Medical Practitioner is essential.
  • Recent experience in General Practice.
  • FRACGP or FACRRM preferred.
  • Training or higher qualifications in Advanced Life Support, adult, paediatric or both, or Emergency medicine, or Intensive Care.
  • Willingness and ability to achieve security clearance at Negative Vetting 2 level.


  • Experience in remote or rural practice settings highly regarded.
  • Experience in tropical medicine and travel medicine, aeromedical evacuation and aviation medicine, underwater medicine, and obstetrics, are all considered advantageous. Certified copies of tertiary qualifications and other appropriate documentation must be presented on request.

Key duties may include:

  • Provide primary and basic emergency medical care and treatment for the staff and families and other patients who have access to the relevant clinic, in concert with a Registered Nurse.
  • Provide after hours support to the clinic dependency and, on occasions, to the broader DFAT overseas network as rostered by the Principle Medical Adviser.
  • Advise the Ambassador and the Principal Medical Adviser in Canberra on local health matters.
  • As part of a team, liaise with local medical personnel and institutions and arrange referral of patients where appropriate or medical evacuation where necessary.
  • Keep quality medical records and manage privacy and security requirements.
  • Supervise the maintenance of equipment and ensure the supply of essential pharmaceuticals.
  • Provide statistical information on the incidence of sickness and conditions treated amongst the staff.
  • Report on the prevalence of local disease to the Principal Medical Adviser.
  • Perform medical examinations of fitness for employment, pre-posting, superannuation, workers compensation and retirement purposes as required.
  • Assist with consular cases where medical issues are present.

How to apply

Submit your application via the DFAT Careers website before the closing date – 8 April 2024.

Your application will need to provide:

  • your personal details
  • a 1,000 word pitch telling us how your skills, experience and qualifications makes you the best candidate for this opportunity
  • details of referees

Please note that this process captures all the information needed for your application. Separate resumes will not be accepted but short-listed candidates will be requested to provide a curriculum vitae.

Dr Leonard Brennan
Phone: 02 6261 3740
Email: [email protected]










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