Lightning Ridge – GP VMO

Lightning Ridge: DPA - Yes | MMM6


  • $25K incentive payment
  • 65% of billings + $2,000 on-call daily rate
  • Great practice management and nursing support

The Opportunity

This is a rare opportunity for an experienced Rural General Practitioner VMO to work in an iconic location such as Lightning Ridge. Lightning Ridge is famous for its rare black opal, mining and eccentric colourful community.

Our facility is well-equipped and has four consulting rooms, treatment/procedure room and on-site pathology. The practice opening hours are from 8:30am to 5:30 pm Monday to Friday.

At Lightning Ridge GPs also partake in the VMO roster at Lightning Ridge MPS (Hospital), which we hold a contract with Western NSW LHD. Lightning Ridge MPS (Hospital) provides VMO services 365 days per year across ATS CAT 1-5. Each on-call shift is for 24hr where VMOs are responsible for CAT 1-5 from 8am to 6pm and only responsible for CAT 1-2 after 6pm with the support of VRGS and V-Care.

Lightning Ridge MPS (Hospital) has 4 Emergency beds, 4 acute beds, 1 respite/palliative care bed and 19 residential aged care beds.

Great opportunity to work in an iconic location as a GP VMOs and earn from two income streams by working in general practice and as a VMO at Lightning Ridge MPS (Hospital).

The Features

  • Great practice management and nursing support in place
  • GP VMOs typically earn upwards of $550k to $650k per year depending on sessions and VMO participation
  • $25K incentive payment
  • $2,000 daily rate for each on-call (24hrs)
  • 35% service fee with reduced service fee of 25% for after hours, residential aged care, home and hospital visits
  • Reduction in moratorium, a reduction of 2 to 3 years as this is a MM6 and DPA location
  • Fantastic Medical Educator that can provide supervision for ACRRM RGTS, ACRRM IP and RACGP FSP or PEP. Also an eligible location for RVTS pathway
  • GRIP payments as MMM6 location, up to $35,000 in your 5th year
  • Accommodation and vehicle, are provided for VMOs services with utilities, fuel, maintenance  and services covered by Ochre Health
  • Excellent Nursing support for chronic disease management
  • Doctors have full autonomy and flexibility, which means you control of your sessions, days and hours.

Life in Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge is an experience unlike any other, defined by its opal mining heritage and vibrant outback culture. Nestled in the heart of the Australian outback, Lightning Ridge captivates residents with its rugged beauty and rich red earth. The town’s unique character is shaped by its opal mining history, evident in its iconic landscape dotted with mullock heaps and mining shafts.

Residents embrace the laid-back lifestyle, where time seems to slow down amidst the vast expanses of the outback. Lightning Ridge is renowned for its diverse community, where locals and newcomers alike are welcomed with warmth and hospitality. The town boasts a vibrant arts scene, with numerous galleries showcasing the works of local artists inspired by the surrounding landscape. Living in Lightning Ridge offers a blend of adventure, creativity, and community spirit, making it a truly unforgettable place to call home.


  • AHPRA General Registration or FRACGP/FACRRM
  • ALS2 certificate and recent emergency experience (in the last 18 months) to provide VMO services to Lightning Ridge MPS (Hospital)

To find out more about this opportunity contact Michelle Sanford on 0428 042 820