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 2024 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 2024, the CRP has two streams available:

  • WA Country Health Service Rural Placement
  • Silverchain Metropolitan Placement

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

Further information is provided on each stream below.

Silverchain Metropolitan Placement

As Australia’s largest provider of community-based palliative care and one of the largest providers of Home Hospital services, Silverchain 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 Silverchain 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 2024 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.

CRP eligibilty

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 2024
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Silverchain - Additional Eligibilty Criteria

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