Securing the right GP locum for the right practice.

Rural Health West's Locum Placement Service is a FREE service offered by Rural Health West, to help facilitate locum engagements between practices/Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) and GP locums.

The Locum Placement Service is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and the WA Country Health Service.

We provide support to rural practices and ACCHS in Western Australia to secure vocationally registered GP locums for when rural doctors take leave ensuring country communities have continuous medical care.

We understand the specialised skills and requirements needed to work in rural and remote Western Australia and provide a personalised approach in matching GP locums with practices/ACCHS. 

Need a GP locum for your practice/ACCHS?

Rural Health West maintains a pool of appropriately registered GP locums to participate in the program and promote the service nationally to practices/ACCHS.

If you are looking to engage a GP locum for your practice or ACCHS, we can assist you with:

  • advertising your GP locum request on our website and through fortnightly e-bulletins;
  • providing visiting GP locums with details of the town and practice they will be working in;
  • assisting with negotiating fees and placement terms;
  • arranging travel for the GP locum and assisting with a travel subsidy, where applicable; and 
  • providing handover guidelines for GP practices and ACCHS. 

What happens next?

Once you have registered a vacancy with us, you can expect your GP locum position to be advertised under our Current Locum Opportunities page within 2-3 business days after receiving your finalised Locum Request Form.  The vacancy will also be included in our latest e-bulletin, sent to our existing registered GP locums each fortnight.

Our Locum Team will then contact you to discuss any suitable applicants who express an interest in your vacancy.  We will work with you to help negotiate fees and locum placement terms and conditions, as well as any travel arrangements and payments for the visiting GP locum.

For further enquiries, contact our Locum Team on (08) 6389 4500 or via email at