The Rural Practice Pathway provides an integrated training route for medical students and doctors-in-training seeking a career in rural medical practice in Western Australia.

The pathway incorporates a variety of experiences across general practice, hospital and community settings.

Student opportunities include scholarships, conferences, rural student health clubs, vocational placements and Rural Clinical School placements. 
Accredited intern, resident medical officer and registrar training positions are available in a range of country hospitals throughout the State.

Click on a pin below to find out what opportunities there are for you around Western Australia or download the complete guide to available placements. (PDF document, last updated October 2016)

  • Broome
  • Halls Creek
  • Port Hedland
  • Karratha
  • Wickham + Roebourne
  • Carnarvon
  • Northampton
  • Geraldton
  • Mingenew
  • Morawa
  • Wyndham
  • Kalgoorlie
  • Esperance
  • Kununurra
  • Derby
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  • Mount Barker
  • Moora
  • Northam
  • Katanning
  • Albany
  • Boyup Brook
  • Mandurah
  • Pemberton
  • Toodyay
  • Narrogin
  • Margaret River
  • Dunsborough
  • Eaton/Australind
  • Bridgetown
  • Bunbury
  • Aveley
  • Pinjarra
  • Denmark
  • Collie
  • Busselton
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  • Mount Barker Placement

    Registrar General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Take a bush walk through the stunning Stirling or Porongurup ranges
    • Sample some of the Great Southern wines
  • Moora Placement

    Registrar General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Take a drive along the Moora Wildflower Drive
    • Visit the nearby Benedictine Monastery town of New Norcia
  • Northam Placement

    Rural Clinical School A full year rural placement for medical students in their penultimate year of study
    Registrar General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Walk across the longest suspension bridge in Australia
    • View the spectacular local scenery from a hot air ballon
  • Karratha Placement

    Rural Clinical School A full year rural placement for medical students in their penultimate year of study
    Community
    Residency Program
    Including Community Health Care and Outreach
    Registrar General Practice, Aboriginal Health
    GP Registrar DRANZCOG Accredited for Advanced DRANZCOG

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Access to Karijini and Chichester National Parks
    • See the largest collection of Aboriginal rock engravings on Earth
  • Katanning Placement

    Registrar General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Check out the largest sale yards in the southern hemisphere
    • Take a ride on the miniature railway
  • Albany Placement

    Intern Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, General Surgery, Psychiatry
    PGY2+ Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Psychiatry
    Registrar
    Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Psychiatry

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Take a whale watching tour
    • Explore the Great Southern Food and Wine Trail
  • Geraldton Placement

    Intern General Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopaedics
    PGY2+ Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, General Surgery,Obsetrics & Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Public Health, HITH
    Community Residency Program Including Community Health Care and Outreach
    Registrar Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, General Medicine,  Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, HITH

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Learn how to kitesurf or windsurf
    • See the famous Western Australian Wildflowers
  • Morawa Placement

    Registrar General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • The Heart of Wildflower country, enjoy the fields of wildflowers in season
    • Visit Bilya Rock for a picnic or bush walk
  • Carnarvon Placement

    Registrar General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Explore Ningaloo Reef
    • Catch your own dinner- great fishing and seafood
  • Boyup Brook Placement

    Registrar General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Visit the Roo Gully Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Check out the local scenery from a canoe on the Blackwood River
  • Broome Placement

    Intern General Medicine, General Surgery
    PGY2+ Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, General Surgery, Paediatrics, Psychiatry
    Community Residency Program Including Community Health Care and Outreach
    Registrar General Medicine/HDU, General Surgery, Paediatrics, Psychiatry

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Take a camel ride on the beach
    • See the staircase to heaven at Cable Beach
  • Mandurah Placement

    Registrar General Practice,
    GP Registrar DRANZCOG Accredited for Advanced DRANZCOG

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Enjoy a round of golf at the world-renowned links course of The Cut
    • Enjoy your favourite water activity on the 130 square kilometres of waterways in the area
  • Pemberton Placement

    Registrar General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Check out the view over the forest from a climbing tree
    • See the moving Yeagerup Dunes
  • Derby Placement

    Community Residency Program Including Community Health Care and Outreach
    Registrar General Practice, Aboriginal Health

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Explore the Gibb River Road
    • Visit the 'Horizontal Falls'
  • Wickham + Roebourne Placement

    Registrar General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • View one of the longest and tallest jetties in Australia at Cape Lambert
    • Discover the local history at Roebourne Gaol
    • Visit the historic ghost town of Cossack
  • Kununurra Placement

    Rural Clinical School A full year rural placement for medical students in their penultimate year of study
    Community Residency Program Including Community Health Care and Outreach
    Registrar Aboriginal Health, General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Check out Lake Argyle and the only working Hydro Power Station in the state
    • Tour Argyle Diamond Mine - one of the world's largest suppliers of diamonds
  • Mingenew Placement

    Registrar Geriatric Medicine

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do


  • Halls Creek Placement

    Registrar Aboriginal Health, General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Visit the Bungle Bungle ranges in Purnululu National Park
    • Check out Wolfe Creek Metorite Crater
  • Toodyay Placement

    Registrar General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

  • Kalgoorlie Placement

    Intern Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, General Surgery
    PGY2+ Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, Paediatrics
    Community Residency Program Including Community Health Care and Outreach
    Registrar General Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Check out the world’s largest mine- tour the Super Pit
    • Check out the Antony Gormley Sculptures at Lake Ballard
  • Narrogin Placement

    Registrar General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Check out the historical buildings throughout the town
    • Enjoy a bushwalk through the Dryandra Woodland
  • Port Hedland Placement

    Intern General Medicine, General Surgery
    PGY2+ General Surgery, General Medicine, Paediatrics
    Registrar General Medicine, Paediatrics, Population Health

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Take a drive along the Warlu Way
    • Watch the turtles lay their eggs
  • Margaret River Placement

    Registrar General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Visit one of the over 100 cellar doors in the region
    • Check out the fantastic beaches of the region
  • Dunsborough Placement

    Registrar General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Enjoy the gourmet food
    • Spend the weekends at Meelup Beach
  • Eaton/Australind Placement

    Registrar General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

  • Bridgetown Placement

    Registrar General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Enjoy a cider at ‘The Cidery’
    • View the local forest from horseback
  • Bunbury Placement

    Intern Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopaedics
    PGY2+ Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, Geriatrics, General Surgery,  Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Specialty Surgery.
    Registrar Anaesthetics/ICU, Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, General Surgery, Geriatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Urology,

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Swim with the dolphins
    • Get farm fresh fruit
  • Aveley Placement

    Registrar General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

  • Pinjarra Placement

    Registrar General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Get friendly with the local wildlife at Peel Zoo
    • Take a journey along the Hotham Valley Tourist Railway
  • Denmark Placement

    Registrar General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Walk among the Valley of The Giants at the Treetop Walk
    • See the gentle giants of the sea by taking a whale watching tour
  • Esperance Placement

    Rural Clinical School A full year rural placement for medical students in their penultimate year of study
    Registrar General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • See Australia’s whitest beach- Lucky Bay
    • Walk through stunning Cape Le Grand National Park
  • Collie Placement

    Registrar General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Mountain bike along the Munda Biddi Trail
    • Learn how to water ski at one of the local dams or lakes
  • Northampton Placement

    Registrar General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Visit Horrocks Beach a great place for swimming, fishing, diving
    • Visit the Principality of Hutt River- they have their own money
  • Busselton Placement

    Rural Clinical School A full year rural placement for medical students in their penultimate year of study
    Registrar General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Walk the longest jetty in the southern hemisphere (or ride the train)
    • Learn how to surf on some of the world’s best breaks
  • Wyndham Placement

    Registrar General Practice

    Please contact the Choose Country team for more information on rural vocational experiences email choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au.

    Things to See & Do

    • Visit the Big Crocodile
    • Check out the view from Five River Lookout

The Rural Practice Pathway is supported by a committee of organisations with the common goal of increasing the rural medical workforce in Western Australia.

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For further information please contact the Rural Practice Pathway Coordinator or visit the Rural Practice Pathway organisations.