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Visiting Medical Officers

Visiting medical officers (VMOs) enhance full-time medical specialist services by providing speciality input in a number of disciplines throughout the state and advanced specialties at major metropolitan and provincial hospitals. VMOs are a key and valued employee group and are integral to the achievement of strategic priorities.

There are about 800 VMOs employed by Queensland Health – working an average of 8-9 hours per week. Although this is a small component of the Queensland Health medical workforce, it is a vital one. In some cases, VMOs provide the sole speciality service in a number of disciplines in many rural and regional facilities. In metropolitan hospitals, VMOs have a significant clinical and teaching role.

VMO employment arrangements

New employment arrangements for VMOs are now in place. More details regarding the transition to the new arrangements can be found on our medical contracts page.

Independent contractor VMOs

This VMO contract (DOC, 204kB) has been approved for use from July 2012 for the engagement of a VMO as an independent contractor.

Indemnity insurance claims

Eligible VMOs are entitled to reimbursement of part of their indemnity costs under the Indemnity Insurance Reimbursement Scheme.

The scheme is available to all doctors appointed as a permanent Visiting Medical Officer position within Queensland Health and does not apply to casual appointments.

Your account manager can supply further information on ‘what you can claim’ and ‘how to make a claim’. Claims are processed on a financial year basis, with premiums processed throughout each financial year. For example, a premium paid in January 2013 will be reimbursed in the 2013/2014 financial year.

Rural Visiting Medical Officer (VMO) Recruitment and Retention Fund

Around $3.5 million in funding is available for worthwhile initiatives which would help recruit and retain visiting medical officers (VMOs) in rural and regional centres.

Relevant Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) are encouraged to apply to the Rural VMO Recruitment and Retention Fund (the ‘Fund’), for initiatives which address the following objectives:

  • Activities to reduce professional isolation including better use of telemedicine, video conferencing upgrades and/or secondment of VMOs to tertiary centres for training and up-skilling.
  • The implementation of family friendly recruitment practises.
  • The retention of staff through targeted training, education and equipment needs.
  • Activities to enhance the provision of clinical VMO services (including outreach services) in rural areas
  • Site specific recommendations.

How to apply

Applications close at 5pm on 5 December 2014.



Last updated: 16 October 2014