Community Residency Program

Community Residency Program

The Community Residency Program (CRP) is an exciting, competitive and highly regarded program available to Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) in Western Australia. It is a great opportunity for RMOs to expand their skill set in a challenging, interesting and supportive environment.

Once a contract of employment has been accepted with an eligible WA Health site, RMO’s may be eligible to apply for this program.

Fiona Stanley Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital or Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital employed RMOs are seconded to undertake CRP placements in either a metropolitan location with Silver Chain or with the WA Country Health Service in a variety of rural locations such as Albany, Derby, Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Kununurra and Narrogin. 

If found successful, RMOs may be offered the opportunity to complete a clinical term in either a rural or metro CRP placement in 2019.

There are two streams of the program available to WA Health RMO’s – Rural placement or Metropolitan placement. The WA Country Health Service (WACHS) is currently coordinating the rural CRP and its placements, and Silver Chain together with the Postgraduate Medical Council of WA (PMCWA) is coordinating metropolitan placements. 

You will remain contracted and salaried to your Primary Employment Health Service (PEHS) but will be released to Silver Chain or WACHS on secondment for a term-long placement.

Silver Chain Metropolitan Placement

As Australia’s largest provider of community-based palliative care and one of the largest providers of Home Hospital services, Silver Chain will provide RMO’s with a rich and diverse experience of medical care in the community

Community care allows patients to receive care in their home, rather than in the hospital setting, which has not only been proved to provide better patient outcomes but also a significant financial benefit for the Western Australian health sector.

Participating in the CRP term allows junior doctors to participate in community work completed by teams of nurses, doctors, allied health professionals, volunteers and families in a patient-centred approach to care. These placements provide an opportunity for RMOs to practice autonomously and independently, using their clinical judgment in decision making while being supported by Silver Chain doctors. This is one of the only opportunities available to RMOs to experience community General Practice in a metropolitan setting prior to making a vocational decision

WA Country Health Service Rural Placement

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. 

In 2019, RMOs employed by Fiona Stanley Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital or Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital can 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 rural 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 with 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 be 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 CRP 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 CRP 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.

WACHS rural CRP Eligibility

At the time of placement you will need to:

  • Hold general registration with the Medical Board of Australia
  • Have a new or existing clinical position at a participating WA Health hospital in 2019
  • Be an Resident Medical Officer
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident

Silver Chain - Additional Eligibility Criteria

  • Must currently maintain a C class driver’s license and have your own personal vehicle

How do I apply? 

  • Applications for the CRP are via the annual centralised RMO application process through the Med Jobs WA website (external site).
  • Your statement of interest and curriculum vitae will be used to assess your CRP application

Silver Chain Metropolitan placement Questions

If you wish to speak with someone regarding the Metro CRP please contact Angela McMahon, Practice Manager, Silver Chain Group by phone or email.

Phone: (08) 6318 7382 


WACHS Rural CRP placement Questions

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

Phone: (08) 6553 0940