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Professional Development

Supervised Clinical Attachments

Rural Health West coordinates Supervised Clinical Attachments for procedural general practitioners in anaesthetics, obstetrics, surgery and emergency medicine in Perth and regional hospitals.

Eligibility requirements for general practitioners:

  • Already attained qualifications in a procedural field
  • Have recognition/credentialing as a procedural GP in a rural hospital and require on-going upskilling to maintain their skill level.
Why do a Supervised Clinical Attachment?

  • A specific area for upskilling identified
  • An increase in particular cases not usually seen at the practice
  • Low volume of procedural cases
  • To increase confidence in managing a particular area
  • Unable to access education workshop due to competing demands
  • Wish to structure learning and timing of an activity to suit individual needs
  • Prefer one-on-one supervised environment
  • Develop a better understanding of services offered
  • To discuss best practice management strategies with a specialist

Obstetric Supervised Clinical Attachments are limited and are allocated by the relevant hospitals for the whole year based around training requirements. Information on available placements is sent to all GP Obstetricians on our database in November of each year and placements are allocated on a first come first serve request basis. Placements are available at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Obsorne Park Hospital, Swan Districts Hospital and Rockingham Hospital.

Supervised Clinical Attachments are eligible for 40 Category 1 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points with RACGP and 2 points per hour or a total of 30 Professional Development Points (PDP) for ACRRM. To claim these points please visit the RACGP or ACRRM websites.

To request a placement please complete the request form and email to Rural Health West Professional Development Coordinator or fax Rural Health West on 08 6389 4501.

Supervised Clinical Attachments are eligible under the Rural Procedural Grants Program. The Program has two components. It provides support for:

  • Procedural general practitioners practising in surgery, anaesthetics and/or obstetrics in ASGC-RA 1-5 localities* (up to 10 days or $20,000 per financial year)
  • General practitioners practising emergency medicine in ASGC-RA 2-5 localities (up to three days or $6,000 per financial year).
General practitioners providing services in rural and remote areas but residing primarily in urban areas (for example: locums, RFDS doctors) may also be eligible for the program.