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 Kununurra, Derby, Port Hedland, Karratha, Geraldton, Esperance, Kalgoorlie or 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 Employing Health Service (PEHS) but will be released to Silver Chain or WACHS on secondment for a term-long placement.

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 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

RMOs that have a new or existing clinical position at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital or Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital may be eligible to undertake a rural CRP term.

Coordinated by WACHS, the rural CRP is an exciting and highly regarded program available to RMOs.  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 2020, 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 2020 these locations include (subject to change):

  • Kimberley: Kununurra and Derby
  • Pilbara: Port Hedland and Karratha
  • Midwest: Geraldton
  • Wheatbelt: Narrogin
  • Goldfields: Esperance and Kalgoorlie

For the Metro CRP Program, RMOs employed by Fiona Stanley Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital or Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital are seconded to undertake CRP placements with SilverChain in the Metro area.

Each placement offers a unique experience. Below provides a snapshot of the 2020 placements:


The CRP RMO will be based at Kununurra Hospital and experience Emergency Department, maternity services and admitted patients in a busy rural environment.  They will participate in GP clinics at a remote Aboriginal community one day each week (usually Warmun or Kalumburu).  There may also be opportunities to work with the Royal Flying Doctors Service for patient transfers.


The CRP RMO will be based at Derby Hospital and experience all clinical areas including Emergency Department, Adult General Ward, Paediatric Ward, Labour Ward and the Operating Theatre for both elective and emergency procedures.  They will visit a remote Aboriginal community at Looma each week.  When supervision permits they may spend 5 days working along the Dampier Peninsula visiting Lombadina and One Arm Point remote Aboriginal communities.


New placement in 2020!

The CRP RMO will be based with the Paediatrics team at Hedland Health Campus and experience all aspects of remote area paediatrics and child health care.  They will spend a half day with the local Aboriginal Medical Service each week and experience a remote outreach clinic which may include Jigalong, Yandeyarra or Warralong community clinics.


The CRP RMO will be based at the new Karratha Health Campus and spend time in the Emergency Department, General Medical, Gynaecological, Obstetric and Surgical areas.  They will rotate between Karratha Health Campus, Roebourne and Onslow Hospitals.  Roebourne and Onslow Hospital offer the CRP RMO experience in a small regional hospital which includes emergency services, a GP clinic and Emergency Telehealth Services (ETS).


New placement in 2020!

The CRP RMO will be based at Geraldton Hospital within the Paediatrics team providing acute, community and developmental paediatrics services to the Midwest region.  The CRP RMO will be involved in supporting community based clinics including the regular community health outpatient clinic, a weekly Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service clinic and at least one visit to Meekatharra, Mount Magnet or Morawa each term.


The CRP RMO will be based at Esperance Health Campus on the wards with the opportunity to see patients in the Emergency Department, Labour Ward and assist in theatre.  The RMO will spend the community component working at a private GP clinic one day per week on average during the term.  They can expect to gain experience in a wide range of patient case mix from neonatology to palliative care and follow medical conditions from presentation and admission through to discharge and community follow up.


Based at Kalgoorlie Hospital the CRP RMO will work with the Paediatrics team and gain clinical community experience by attending paediatric health screening clinics, the child development and high risk neonatal clinic and the hospital daily ambulatory paediatric clinic.  Depending on scheduling during the term there are also opportunities to attend outreach clinics at Coolgardie, Leonora, Laverton and Mount Margaret Mission School.


The CRP RMO will be based at Narrogin Hospital working in a busy rural hospital where they will attend both the wards and Emergency Department.  Within the community the CRP RMO will attend a local GP clinic one day 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.  There is also the opportunity to work with the Wheatbelt Health Network Aboriginal health clinic in Narrogin where possible.

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 2020
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident

Silver Chain – Additional Eligibility Criteria

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


Applications for the 2020 rural Community Residency Program are now closed and placements are finalised.

If a rural term becomes vacant (due to unforeseen circumstances) the placement will be filled by an Expression of Interest process with either Fiona Stanley Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital or Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. This process will be coordinated by WACHS.

RMO’s applying for a 2021 full time position at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital can express their interest in the CRP rotation via the centralised RMO process through MedJobsWA.

  • Interested RMOs should tick “yes” to a rural or metro CRP placement for 2021.
  • Your statement of interest (maximum 2 pages) and curriculum vitae will be reviews by a panel and used to assess your CRP application.
  • Placements will be offered from mid-August for the 2020 clinical year.


Rural CRP placements will be offered in October 2020 by WACHS.

Metropolitan placements will be coordinated by PMCWA.

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 0940