WACHS placement opportunities

Doctors in Training Regional Opportunities

There are many opportunities for Doctors in Training in WA Country Health Service.  Employment is available for interns, residents and registrars in a range of positions depending on the site.  The positions may be through direct employment or secondment according to location.

To see available positions please click here.

For more detailed information, contact the MEU team on meu@health.wa.gov.au or ring 08 6553 0884.

Information on Rural Sites and Regions

Find out more about the regions where junior doctor placements are available on the flyers below:

Community Residency Program

Coordinated by the WA Country Health Service (WACHS), the rural Community Residency Program (CRP) is an exciting and highly regarded program available to Resident Medical Officers (RMOs).  Successful rural CRP RMOs are provided the opportunity to participate in short term, well supervised training placements in a variety of rural settings across WA. During this placement RMOs will spend a minimum of 20% of their time in a community setting.

Where do I go?

In 2020, RMOs employed by Fiona Stanley Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital or Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital are seconded to undertake CRP placements in a variety of rural locations.  In 2020 these locations include (subject to change):

  • Kimberley: Kununurra and Derby
  • Pilbara: Port Hedland and Karratha
  • Midwest: Geraldton
  • Wheatbelt: Narrogin
  • Goldfields: Esperance and Kalgoorlie

See detailed descriptions of each placement at What do CRP placements look like?

CRP Eligibility Criteria: At the time of placement you will need to:

  • Hold general registration with the Medical Board of Australia
  • Be a RMO employed by Fiona Stanley Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital or Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in 2020
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

See Application process for junior doctors for further information on how to apply. 

Applied Surgical Pathway in Rural Environments (ASPIRE)

ASPIRE is a two year program for WACHS junior doctors who are interested in General Surgery. Successful applicants will

  • complete General Practice Additional Skills training in general surgery with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) leading to them becoming a GP Surgeon or;

  • be well placed to apply for the General Surgical Training Program with the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS).

Successful applicants will be provided with a two year employment contract with WACHS, commencing as a RMO and progressing to a Registrar, subject to satisfactory performance. Each candidate will rotate between Albany Health Campus and Bunbury Hospital, gaining essential experience in the surgical departments.

ASPIRE Selection Criteria

  • Employment with the WA Country Health Service at either Albany Health Campus or Bunbury Hospital.
  • Eligible for unrestricted General Registration with the Medical Board of Australia.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working in a rural setting, with a strong interest in pursuing a rural surgical career.
  • Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills, including a high level of professionalism.
  • Willingness and ability to undertake training across the two WACHS regional hospitals participating in the ASPIRE program.

See the ASPIRE Promotional Flyer 2020 here

See Application process for junior doctors for further information on how to apply for the ASPIRE.