CM Health began placing Civilian Health Practitioners (CHPs) with the Department of Defence in 2003. Over the ensuing years, we have grown nationally to be the largest supplier of CHPs to the Department of Defence. In 2010 CM Health supplies and manages over 500 health professionals, nationally, across all specialties. This accounts for more than half of the entire Defence CHP workforce.
We are proud of our successful partnership with the Department of Defence and trust our significant history in the provision of services to both Defence and our CHPs will ensure your confidence in us as your employer.
The Department of Defence offers varying lengths of contract depending on requirements. Historically, with CM Health, this has spanned from a week to 5 years and counting.
To work as a CHP with CM Health at the Department of Defence, there are minimum mandatory requirements that must be met prior to us being able to consider any application. These include:
- Australian Citizenship for security purposes
- Current unrestricted registration with the local (or any Australian state or Territory) medical or professional board
- A minimum of 3 years post graduate work experience – no trainees or junior health professionals can be considered
- A Pty Ltd entity and Medical Professional Indemnity Insurance if you are a Doctor
- A minimum of 2 contactable referees of previous supervisors
- A current resume together with a Tax File Number, nominated Superannuation fund and Australian Banking details and address
CM Health supplies the Department of Defence with a wide and varied range of Health Practitioners including:
- General Practitioners
- Mental Health
- Tropical and Underwater Medicine
- General Medical and Surgical Nursing staff (Registered and Enrolled)
- Theatre RNs
- Occupational Health Nursing
- CSSD Technicians
- Dental Assistants
- Practice Managers and Sterilisation/Technicians
- Dental technicians
- Clinical Psychologists
- Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Counselors
- Mental Health Clinicians
- Exercise Therapists
Employment / Engagement with CM Health
CM Health provides two options of contract engagement as described below:
Temporary Employee – all staff - Nursing, Dental and Allied Health
Each week, Pay As You Go (PAYG) tax is deducted from your salary automatically and 9% of your earnings are distributed to your chosen Superannuation fund. This is the most common method of employment in Australia for CHPs.
A signed CM Health Temporary Employee Agreement must be received from each Temporary Employee in order to register for this method of employment.
Independent Contractor – only Doctors
This option applies to those individuals who operate as a Proprietary Limited Entity (ABN, ACN and GST registration required). Please note that ABN sole traders cannot be considered.
All Australian Taxation Office (ATO) requirements such as Business Activity Statements (BAS) are the responsibility of the individual.
A signed CM Health Independent Contractor Agreement must be received from Doctors in order to register for this method of employment.
CM Health’s CHPs are paid weekly via an electronic timesheet method accessible via any internet connection, globally. This timesheet is approved by your on-site Defence supervisor and then automatically submitted to the CM Health payroll department.
For doctors operating under a Pty Ltd entity, you will additionally be required to submit a tax invoice for your services on a weekly basis.
CM Health provides all Professional Indemnity, Public and Products Liability Insurance for all CHPs. Please note that this does not include Medical Doctors. Medical Officers must provide their own insurances.
CM Health ensures your Superannuation Guarantee Contribution (SGC) payment is made to your nominated fund on a regular basis. Please note that this does not include contractors operating under a Pty Ltd entity or PAYG Independent Contracts.
All CM Health CHPs are provided with a minimum of two CM Health polo shirts.
CM Health is Australia’s premier Health Professional Human Resource organisation that is here to assist you in progressing your career. Our national office network is contactable 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
You will be provided your own personal specialist Consultant who will be your point of contact throughout your engagement with the Department of Defence.
We are here to provide both support and guidance in the workplace to you both in the workplace on a regular basis.