WACHS placement opportunities

Doctors in Training regional opportunities

There are many opportunities for Doctors in Training within the WA Country Health Service (WACHS). 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.

Click here to see available positions (PDF).

For more detailed information, contact the Medical Education Unit (MEU) team on meu@health.wa.gov.au or call 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:

Rural Generalist Pathway WA (RGPWA)

The pathway to a rural generalist career in WA is changing.

The WA Coordination Unit within our Medical Education Unit (MEU) is supporting the roll out of the National Rural Generalist Pathway (RGPWA) with a pilot due to commence in 2021.

RACGP and ACRRM are working towards recognition of Rural Generalist Medicine as a protected title and a specialised field within the specialty of general practice.

What does this mean for me?

  • A streamlined training pathway to Fellowship, aligned with your personal aspirations and the community health needs in rural WA.
  • Quarantined terms relevant to your chosen training pathway following general registration.
  • Priority access to prerequisite courses before entering GP training, such as ALS2 and PLS.
  • Additional Skills Training placements in rural locations (where possible).
  • Career counselling, mentoring and guidance from experienced rural generalists working throughout WA.
  • Access to WACHS professional development opportunities, such as the Leadership Program.
  • Ongoing support from the central Coordination Unit who are working closely with key WA and national stakeholders during training and beyond.

To stay up-to-date as the Rural Generalist Pathway evolves in WA and be the first to hear about opportunities to work with WACHS, please register your interest. Or for more information contact the MEU team by emailing ruralgeneralist@health.wa.gov.au or calling (08) 6553 0873.

The National Rural Generalist Pathway received grant funding from the Australian Government.

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).

Click here to learn more about ASPIRE in 2021 (PDF).

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

Rural Adult Physician Training, Opportunities and Rotations (RAPTOR) One

Rural Adult Physician Training, Opportunities and Rotations (RAPTOR) One is a 12-month program for WACHS junior doctors (PGY2+) who are interested in physician training.

The program aims to provide the successful candidate with relevant term rotations at Albany Health Campus and professional development to help prepare them to apply for Basic Physician Training.

Click here to learn more about RAPTOR in 2021 (PDF).

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

Community Residency Program

Coordinated by 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 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 per cent of their time in a community setting.

Where do I go?

In 2021, 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 2021 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 2021.
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

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

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