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.

RMOs with a new or existing clinical position in 2023 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 2023, the CRP has two streams available:

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

RMOs 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 2023 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 2023
  • 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.

RMOs can express their interest in a rural CRP placement on the MedJobsWA vacancy “2023 Rural Community Residency Program”. Applications can be submitted on MedJobsWA from 20 May 2022 until 21 June 2022. This is separate to the single centralised application process for RMOs and SMRs.

A short statement of interest (maximum 2 pages) and curriculum vitae will need to be included with your application. These will be reviewed by a panel and used to assess your rural CRP application.

Applications for the 2023 Metro Community Residency Placement open on 18 July 2022 and close on 22 August 2022. For more information about the Silver Chain application process please email medicalrecruitment@health.wa.gov.au

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

Email: Angela.McMahon@silverchain.org.au

Applications for the 2022 Rural Community Residency Placement are now closed. For information about the Rural Community Residency program please email WACHS.CRP@health.wa.gov.au