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Reference Number 11894
Position Title Rural Psychiatry Training WACHS - 2024 Stage 1 Trainee Intake
Employment Type Fixed Term Full Time, Fixed Term Part Time
Hospitals WA Country Health Service
Industry Award WA Health Systems Medical Practitioners AMA Industrial Agreement 2022
Salary $155,451.00 to $208,105.00
Proposed starting date 05/02/2024
Position Summary

Location:  Western Australia


Hospital site:  Albany and Bunbury Hospitals



Salary:  Trainee Psychiatrist Year 1-7 $155,451 to $208,105 p.a.
(inclusive of base salary $129,574 to $177,010pa, professional development $10,472p.a. and 11% superannuation. Generous accommodation & relocation subsidies also available)


Applications Close: Monday 10 July 2023 at 4.00 pm AWST


 WA Country Health Service (WACHS) is seeking applicants to commence Psychiatry training with the Rural Psychiatry Training WA (RPTWA) program in Albany and Bunbury.


This intake is for Full time or Part Time Fixed Term appointments for eligible applicants seeking to commence Stage 1 training in the RANZCP Psychiatry Fellowship program.


Appointments for up to 3 years, with the possibility of extensions.




Position Profile: 

This intake is for Stage 1 training entry at two of the RPTWA Comprehensive Training Hubs: 

  • 2 positions for RANZCP Stage 1 entry in Albany, Great Southern Region
  • 2 positions for RANZCP Stage 1 entry in Bunbury, South West Region


The successful applicants will work as an integral part of the multidisciplinary and medical teams. Under the supervision of a Consultant Psychiatrist, this position provides assessment and management for clients requiring specialist psychiatric care. The successful applicant will be committing to a length of training contract (up to five years) with WACHS.


The Rural Psychiatry Training WA (RPTWA)program is overseen by the Western Australia Branch Training Committee, in accordance with the requirements for obtaining Fellowship of the Royal Australian New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). The training program provides clinical and formal supervised training experiences in rural generalist psychiatry.


Existing RANZCP trainees seeking to transfer to the RPTWA zone should apply to our separate ongoing Transfer Pool advertised on MedJobsWA Ref #11775.


Essential Criteria

  • Commitment to a rural post in psychiatry.
  • Good interpersonal skills and high-level communication skills.
  • One-year equivalent full time Medical Officer experience (PGY 1).
  • Eligibility for full registration with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency).
  • The ability to satisfy the Selection Panel of suitable academic record and employment history.

Desirable Criteria

  • Clinical competence in both General Medicine and Psychological Medicine.
  • Ability to use proficient problem-solving techniques, coping strategies and ability to tolerate and deal effectively with stressful situations.
  • “C” Class Driver’s Licence.
  • Rural background and/or rural clinical experience
  • Experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


For Further Job-Related Information: Enquiries are strongly encouraged. Please contact the RPTWA team via phone (08) 9722 2282 or email


Employee Benefits: In addition to the great salary our employees enjoy an amazing range of benefits which may include (in line with operational requirements):

  • 11% employer contributed superannuation into a fund of your choice. For further information click here
  • Access to generous salary packaging arrangements
  • Professional Development Opportunities and Study Leave/assistance
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Flexible leave arrangements
  • Other professional and location-based allowances including generous accommodation and relocation subsidies.
  • Explore endless unique and extraordinary sights in one of the most diverse state in the world
  • Make a difference and become an important member of the local community.


Application Instructions: Applicants are requested to apply online via MedJobsWA Ref# 11894 (Please note: Applicants must have a current, valid email address in order to apply online. This email address will be used for communication with applicants). Emailed applications will not be accepted. 


Please see the RPTWA Application Guide attached for a full breakdown of the application process and a list of the required documentation.

  • Applicants are also required to list regional locations in order of preference within the Eligibility Question section of MedJobs application. Regional sites are to be ranked 1 (first preference) or 2 (second preference).
  • Applicant documents should be complete and ready to attach prior to applying online. Please ensure you allow sufficient time to complete the online application process. Multiple applications will not be considered in their entirety. 
  • Where multiple applications are uploaded, the last document to be uploaded will be the only document accepted and considered by the panel.



  • A statement addressing the selection criteria is NOT required for this application process. In this instance, please upload your cover letter within this field.  
  • Applications submitted without a Curriculum Vitae (CV) completed on the provided template will be invalid.


If you experience difficulties while applying online, please contact


We will not accept unsolicited applications or CVs from recruitment agencies and/or search firms and we will not pay fees to any such organisation unless arranged with the provider prior to advertising a vacancy. 


Other Conditions: 

  • This position is subject to a Western Australian Working With Children (WWC) Check. For further information please refer to the WWC website at: 
  • WA Health engages staff in positions of trust and responsibility. WA Health policies require applicants to undertake criminal records screening and integrity checking as part of the appointment process. Referees may also be asked to comment on an applicant’s integrity and past demonstration of ethical behaviour.
  • Suitable candidates to this recruitment process may also be accessed/offered employment by other employers within the WA Health system (e.g. South Metropolitan Health Service, North Metropolitan Health Service, East Metropolitan Health Service, or Child and Adolescent Health Service).
  • WA Health is committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of our service. We embrace diversity and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally diverse backgrounds and people with disabilities.
  • WA Health is committed to growing the Aboriginal workforce as a part of WA Health’s Aboriginal Workforce Policy.  As a measure to achieve equality, Section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 applies to this position.  Aboriginal people are encouraged to apply.
  • Please note this recruitment process requires completion of satisfactory Pre-Employment Health Assessment (PEHA).  Any offer of employment with WA Country Health Service (WACHS) is conditional on satisfactory PEHA to ensure you are able to perform the inherent requirements of the position. An unsatisfactory PEHA will result in the offer of employment being withdrawn.  Please see the attached WACHS PEHA Policy for further information.


Lodgement is system generated. Any submissions on, or after, Monday 10 July 2023 at 4:00pm will not be accepted.


Eligibility Questions Essential: Do you hold unrestricted general registration with the Medical Board of Australia prior to commencement in the program?
Essential: Regional Preference (rank highest 1 to 2 lowest) - ALBANY HOSPITAL
Essential: Regional Preference (rank highest 1 to 2 lowest) - BUNBURY HOSPITAL
Contact Person Carol Chandler
Contact Number 08 9722 2282
Contact Email
Closing Date CLOSED: 10/07/2023
JDF JDF 613147 Registrar-Trainee-Psychiatry - 2023-06-09.pdf
How to Apply Guide RPTWA - Stage 1 Application Guide.PDF
Other attachments
RPTWA - Application Form.PDFOpen
RPTWA - Our Regions.PDFOpen
RPTWA - Proforma CV Form.DOCXOpen
RPTWA - Our Program.pdfOpen
RPTWA - Stage 1 Intake Advert.pdfOpen
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