Community Residency Program

Register your interest via the separate MedJobsWA vacancy “Community Residency Program 2021”

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.

RMOs with a new or existing clinical position in 2021 at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital or Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital may be eligible to undertake a CRP term. Opportunities are available in both rural and metropolitan settings.

In 2021, the CRP has two streams available:

  • Silver Chain Metropolitan Placement
  • WA Country Health Service Rural Placement

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

Further information is provided on each stream below.

Silver Chain Metropolitan Placement

silver-chain-metropolitanAs Australia’s largest provider of community-based palliative care and one of the largest providers of Home Hospital services, Silver Chain will provide RMOs 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 RMOs will be provided a unique opportunity to participate in a single term, well supervised training placement and will spend a minimum of 20% clinical time in a community setting.  Placements are offered in variety of rural settings across WA.

The 2021 rural Community Residency Program placements are (locations and rotations may be subject to change):

Further information on locations and rotations can found on the WACHS website.

At the time of placement you will need to:

  • Hold general registration with the Medical Board of Australia
  • Be employed as an RMO at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital or Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital for 2021
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident

Silver Chain – Additional Eligibility Criteria

  • Must currently hold a C class driver’s license, have own personal vehicle and have comprehensive care insurance
  • Must have a current Police Clearance
  • Must have completed Basic Life Support training


New RCP Website - 2018 - The Root Cause ProtocolRMOs will need to express their interest in a rural and/or metropolitan CRP placement on the MedJobsWA vacancy “Community Residency Program 2021”.  This is separate to the single centralised application process for RMOs and SMRs.

  • RMOs will be asked if they would like a rural and/or metropolitan placement.  You will be offered to select “rural only”, “metropolitan only” or both “rural and metropolitan”.
  • For rural placements – a 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 October 2020.
  • For metropolitan placements – your curriculum vitae and a cover letter (maximum 1 page) explaining your interest in the program and addressing eligibility criteria will be reviewed by Silver Chain. Placements will be offered from October 2020.

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: 0475 941 908


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 0884