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

What do CRP placements look like?

Each placement offers a unique experience. Below provides a snapshot of the 2020 placements:


The CRP RMO will be based at Kununurra Hospital where they will spend time in the Emergency Department, maternity services and inpatient ward.  They will participate in GP clinics at a remote Aboriginal community one day each week (usually Warmun or Kalumburu).  There may also be opportunities to get involved with the Royal Flying Doctor Service for patient transfers. 


The CRP RMO will be based at Derby Hospital and experience all clinical areas including the Emergency Department, Adult General Ward, Paediatric Ward, Labour Ward and the Operating Theatre for both elective and emergency procedures.  They will visit a remote Aboriginal community at Looma each week.  When supervision permits they may spend 5 days working along the Dampier Peninsula visiting Lombadina and One Arm Point remote Aboriginal communities.


New placement in 2020! 

The CRP RMO will be based with the Paediatrics team at Hedland Health Campus and experience all aspects of remote area paediatrics and child health care.  They will spend a half day with the local Aboriginal Medical Service each week and experience a remote outreach clinic which may include Jigalong, Yandeyarra or Warralong community clinics. 


The CRP RMO will be based at the new Karratha Health Campus and spend time in the Emergency Department, General Medical, Gynaecological, Obstetric and Surgical areas.  They will rotate between Karratha Health Campus, Roebourne and Onslow Hospitals.  Roebourne and Onslow offer the CRP RMO experience in a small regional hospital which includes emergency services, a GP clinic and Emergency Telehealth Services (ETS). 


New placement in 2020! 

The CRP RMO will be based at Geraldton Hospital within the Paediatrics team providing acute, community and developmental paediatrics services to the Midwest region.  The CRP RMO will be involved in supporting community based clinics including the regular community health outpatient clinic, a weekly Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service clinic and at least one visit to Meekatharra, Mount Magnet or Morawa each term. 


The CRP RMO will be based at Esperance Health Campus on the wards with the opportunity to see patients in the Emergency Department, Labour Ward and assist in theatre.  The RMO will spend the community component working at a private GP clinic one day per week on average during the term.  They can expect to gain experience in a wide range of patient case mix from neonatology to palliative care and follow medical conditions from presentation and admission through to discharge and community follow up.


Based at Kalgoorlie Hospital the CRP RMO will work with the Paediatrics team and gain clinical community experience by attending paediatric health screening clinics, the child development and high risk neonatal clinic and the hospital daily ambulatory paediatric clinic.  Depending on scheduling during the term there are also opportunities to attend outreach clinics at Coolgardie, Leonora, Laverton and Mount Margaret Mission School.


The CRP RMO will be based at Narrogin Hospital where they will attend the wards and Emergency Department.  Within the community, the CRP RMO will attend a local GP clinic one day per week where they will practice all aspects of family medicine including; antenatal care, paediatrics, work injuries, employment medicals and geriatrics.  There may also be the opportunity to work with the Wheatbelt Health Network Aboriginal health clinic in Narrogin.

CRP Eligibility Criteria

At the time of placement you will need to:

1)  Hold general registration with the Medical Board of Australia

2)  Be a RMO employed by Fiona Stanley Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital or Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in 2020

3)  Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

How do I apply?

  • RMOs applying for a full time position at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital can express their interest in the CRP rotation via the centralised RMO application process through the MedJobsWA website. https://medjobswa.mercury.com.au/.
  • Your statement of interest (maximum 2 pages) and curriculum vitae will be reviewed by a panel and used to assess your CRP application.
  • Placements will be offered from mid-August 2019 for the 2020 clinical year.


If you wish to speak with someone regarding the CRP please contact the CRP Medical Education Officer by phone or email.

Phone: (08) 6553 0940 

Email: WACHS.CRP@health.wa.gov.au




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