Community Residency Program

The WA Country Health Service (WACHS) is coordinating the Community Residency Program (CRP) rural placements for 2017.

Participation in the CRP is an opportunity available to Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) to participate in short term, well supervised training placements in a variety of rural settings across WA. Within an allocated term participating RMOs will spend a minimum of 20% of their time in a community setting. 

Eligible participants must be either:

  • WACHS employed RMOs, completing CRP rotations in Broome within their year-long contracts.
  • Fiona Stanley Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital or Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital employed RMOs on secondment for one or two term CRP rotations in Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Karratha or the Kimberley. 

The CRP is an exciting, competitive and highly regarded program. The placements provide RMOs with valuable exposure to unique forms of health care delivery.

WACHS employed RMOs in Broome may participate in placements at Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services. RMOs will work in community outreach clinics. One of the community outreach placements is Paediatrics specific.  Previous RMOs have also completed service improvement projects.

In Geraldton, the RMO may work on the ward and in Hospital in the Home and Palliative Care.

In Kalgoorlie, the RMO may participate in a double or single term placement. RMOs in Kalgoorlie spend their time doing alternating weeks on the Kalgoorlie Hospital Paediatrics ward and at Bega Garnbirringu, the Aboriginal Medical Service. There are also opportunities to attend outreach clinics.

In Karratha, the RMO can alternate between Nickol Bay, Onslow and Roebourne Hospitals. At Onslow the RMO works in a hospital GP clinic, while at Nickol Bay and Roebourne the RMO is on the ward or in the Emergency Department.

In Kununurra, the RMO works on the ward, in the Emergency Department, and in outpatient and community outreach clinics.

In Derby, the RMO works in the hospital GP clinic and in the Emergency Department. There are opportunities to attend outreach clinics and work with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Applications are via the Centralised RMO application process through MedJobsWA (external link)