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 2019, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital or Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital employed RMOs are seconded to undertake CRP placements in a variety of rural locations such as Albany, Derby, Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Kununurra and Narrogin.

WACHS employed RMOs at Broome Hospital are able to complete a CRP rotation during their year-long contracts in Broome.

What do CRP placements look like?

Each placement offers a unique experience. Below provides a snapshot of the 2019 placements:

In Albany the CRP RMO will work with the Geriatric service, where 40% of their role is community orientated. This includes participating in domiciliary home visits, outpatient clinics (including some remote locations) and regular community ACAT meetings and case conferences.

WACHS employed CRP RMOs in Broome will be working with the Paediatric team on the Broome Hospital paediatric ward and associated outpatient clinics. In addition 20% of their clinical time will be spent practicing community medicine at the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service, with potential for exposure to remote outreach clinics.

In Derby, the CRP RMO works on the general medical ward at Derby Hospital. The RMO also attends the hospital GP clinic and the Emergency Department in the afternoons. There may also be opportunities to attend outreach clinics and work at Fitzroy Crossing Hospital.

In Esperance the CRP RMO will working on the hospital wards and within the Emergency Department where they will experience a wide range of patient case mix from neonatology through to palliative care. The community component of the CRP will consist of practicing at a local GP medical centre one day per week.

The CRP RMO allocated to Kalgoorlie Hospital for a term will be working within the Kalgoorlie Paediatric department  and gain clinical community experience by attending paediatric health screening clinics, the child development unit and clinics with high-risk neonates. There are also opportunities to attend outreach clinics.

In Karratha, the CRP RMO can alternate between Nickol Bay and Onslow Hospitals. At Nickol Bay Hospital the RMO is on the ward or in the Emergency Department, they may also attend surgery if there is an interest.  In Onslow the RMO works in a hospital GP clinic.

In Kununurra, the RMO works on the ward, in the Emergency Department, and in outpatient and community outreach clinics. The RMO also attends the remote community of Warmun to participate in a GP clinic. There may be opportunities to work with the Royal Flying Doctors Service for patient transfers.

The CRP rotation at Narrogin Hospital offers the RMO the experience of working in a busy rural hospital where they will attend both the wards and Emergency Department. Within the community the RMO will attend the local GP clinic once per week where they will practice all aspects of family medicine including; antenatal care, paediatrics, work injuries and employment medical, geriatrics and extensive care plans.

CRP Eligibility Criteria

At the time of placement you will need to: 1) Hold general registration with the Medical Board of Australia 2) Have a new or existing clinical position at a participating WA Health hospital in 2019 3) Be a Resident Medical Officer 4) Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

In 2019 participating hospitals included Fiona Stanley Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Broome Hospital.

How do I apply?

  • RMOs applying for a full time position at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital, 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/.
  • RMOs applying for a full time position at Broome Hospital should express an interest in a CRP placement in their cover letter and will be given the opportunity to apply separately.
  • Your statement of interest and curriculum vitae will be used to assess your CRP application.


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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