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Reference Number 11775
Position Title Psychiatry Registrar - RANZCP Trainee Transfer pool
Employment Type Fixed Term Full Time
Hospitals WA Country Health Service
Industry Award WA Health Systems Medical Practitioners AMA Industrial Agreement 2022
Salary $155,451.00 to $335,273.00
Proposed finishing date 30/06/2024
Hours per fortnight 80
Position Summary

WA Country Health Service (WACHS) is seeking experienced Psychiatry Registrars to join the Rural Psychiatry Training WA (RPTWA) program across rural Western Australia.

This Recruitment Pool is for Full time or Part Time Fixed Term appointments for existing RANZCP Trainees seeking to transfer to the RPTWA program. Appointments for up to 5 years (dependent on RANZCP training stage), with the possibility of extension.


Locations: Include Albany, Broome, Bunbury, Busselton, Geraldton, Northam, Karratha & Port Hedland


Salary:  Registrars South of the 26th parallel
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)

Salary:  Registrars North of the 26th parallel 

Registrar Year 3 $177,761 then HSMP Year 1-6 $267,117 to $335,273 p.a.
(Registrar 3 inclusive of base salary $149,673 p.a. professional development allowance $10,472 p.a. HSMP Year 1-6 inclusive of base salary $208,720 to $270,122 p.a. professional development allowance $31,926 p.a. All inclusive of 11% employer contributed superannuation. Generous accommodation & relocation subsidies also available)


This is an active “open-ended” recruitment pool, and as such the following should be noted:

  • The panel will monitor this recruitment pool for applications and will assess on a regular basis.
  • Suitable applicants will be placed in a pool from which appointments may be made when similar vacancies occur.
  • Appointments may be made from this pool until 31/12/2024. 


Applicants seeking to commence Stage 1 RANZCP Training with RPTWA should apply to separately advertised annual or biannual RPTWA Stage 1 recruitment pools.


Position Profile: 

We are seeking to appoint to the position of Trainee Psychiatrist in various regions across WACHS. The successful applicant 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 (two 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, with Stage 3 trainees completing Certificates of Advanced Training considered on a case-by-case basis.


Essential Criteria

  • Commitment to a rural post in psychiatry.
  • Good interpersonal skills and high-level communication skills.
  • Current RANZCP trainee or on approved Break in Training 
  • The ability to satisfy the Selection Panel of suitable academic record, RANZCP training record and employment history.
  • Commitment and eligibility to undertake psychiatry training.

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 Zoe Retallick, Coordinator of Rural Psychiatry Training WA via phone (08) 9722 2282 or email


Area Profile: The WA Country Health Service (WACHS) is the largest country health system in Australia and one of the biggest in the world, providing health services to approximately half a million people, including 45,000 Aboriginal people, over a vast two and a half million square kilometre area. The organisation comprises seven regions, with a strong network of public hospitals, health services and health centres located across rural and remote Western Australia. Our core business is the provision of quality, accessible health services to country WA residents and visitors.


WACHS Mental Health: Providing high quality and culturally secure care and treatment for people experiencing mental health problems, including alcohol and substance use disorders, in rural and remote Western Australia is core business for the WA Country Health Service. WACHS recognises and values the importance of good mental health for all country people, and how it impacts on quality of life and the ability for people to be contributing members of the community.


The WACHS Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019 – 24 provides a five year framework and plan to strengthen the integration of mental health care within all regional health services, ensuring a seamless journey for the consumer and their family. It promotes integrated and supportive person-centred care which provides equitable access to high quality and contemporary mental health care, close to home and on country.


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 (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 RANZCP Trainee Transfer Guide attached for a full breakdown of the required documentation. Applicants do not need to write a statement addressing the selection criteria.


Applicants must provide the following documentation for the panel to assess based on merit:

  • Curriculum Vitae (must be completed on the Proforma CV template provided in the attached documents).
  • Cover Letter (maximum of two pages)
  • Proof of citizenship and residency status
  • Evidence of English language skills registration standard (if applicable).
  • AMC Certificate and exam result (if applicable).
  • Current AHPRA Certificate.
  • A letter of good standing from your current or most recent RANZCP Director of Training.
  • A current copy of your RANZCP Trainee Progression Report
  • A copy of the formal (written/clinical) exam feedback from RANZCP for any exams or assessments you have completed.

Please note: A statement addressing the selection criteria is NOT required for this application process. In this instance, please upload your cover letter within this field.  


Applicants are also required to list regional locations in order of preference from 1 - 3, within their Cover Letter. 

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.

Applicants are advised that selection interviews may not be required.


If you experience difficulties while applying online, please contact


Assessments of candidate applications within this pool, will be conducted quarterly in September 2023, December 2023, March 2024 and June 2024.

Candidates will be notified of outcomes shortly after pool assessments are concluded in each assessment month. 


Recruitment Agencies presenting medical practitioners to WACHS via the online MedJobsWA must be a WACHS approved supplier.


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.
  • 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, 28/06/2024 4:00pm will not be accepted.


Eligibility Questions Essential: Are you eligible to work in Australia?
Essential: Are you eligible for registration with the Medical Board of Australia?
Contact Person Zoe Retallick, Coordinator
Contact Number 9722 2282
Contact Email
Closing Date CLOSED: 31/05/2024
JDF JDF - Registrar Trainee Psychiatry.pdf
How to Apply Guide RANZCP Trainee Transfer Guide.pdf
Other attachments
Pre-employment Health Assessment Policy.pdfOpen
RPTWA - Our Regions.pdfOpen
eDoc - CO - wwc applicant advice 2017 - 2022-05-02.PDFOpen
Initial - Advert - RPTWA Transfer Pool.pdfOpen
RPTWA - Our Program.pdfOpen
RPTWA - Proforma CV Form.docxOpen
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