Specialist training for procedural general practitioners.

A Supervised Clinical Attachment (SCA) is a period of attachment in a clinical or hospital setting to observe and engage in hands-on clinical practice. We can coordinate SCAs for proceduralists working in anaesthetics, obstetrics, surgery and emergency medicine.

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Rural Health West can coordinate SCAs for Western Australian procedural general practitioners in Perth-based or regional tertiary hospitals free of charge.

Requesting a Supervised Clinical Attachment

To request a SCA, please complete the request form and email to the Continuing Professional Development Coordinator, alternatively fax Rural Health West on (08) 6389 4501.

A minimum of six weeks notice is required for a SCA placement. Please note the cost of placements can vary from $200 to $350 per day.

The aim of SCAs is for procedural general practitioners to update skills and areas of knowledge. They will have a nominated supervisor who is responsible for providing a written report at the conclusion of your attachment period.

Eligibility for Supervised Clinical Attachments

  • Must be a qualified procedural general practitioner.
  • Must be credentialed at a rural hospital or through the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
  • Requires ongoing upskilling to maintain their skill level for rural practice.

Obstetrics SCAs are limited and pre-allocated by the relevant hospital for the whole year, based around their internal training requirements. Placements are available at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Osborne Park Hospital and Rockingham Hospital. Cancellation fees may apply at some hospitals.

Please note: Obstetric Placements at King Edward Memorial Hospital for 2017 are now full. 

Applications for 2018 placements at King Edward Memorial Hospital will be released later in the year. Please contact the Continuing Professional Development Coordinator for more information. 

SCAs are eligible for 40 Category 1 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points with The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and 2 points per hour or a total of 30 Professional Development Points (PDP) with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

SCAs are eligible under the Rural Procedural Grants Program. Please contact your relevant college for more information and eligibility.