|Title:||Intern access to WACHS rural training opportunities|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0196/09|
|Date of issue:||Wednesday, 17 June 2009|
|Description:||WACHS has established a Rural Generalist Pathway to support the training of a rural generalist workforce to meet health service needs in rural WA. This Operational Directive directs the metropolitan Primary Allocation Centres (PACs) to support the placement of their Interns to WACHS hospitals to ensure 100% occupancy of these posts in each year.|
|Period of effect:||from 26 May 2009 to 30 December 2014|
|Authorised by:||Dr Peter Flett, DIRECTOR GENERAL, WA HEALTH, 12-Jun-2009|
|Print version:||View print version|
Intern access to WACHS rural training opportunities
WA Health is committed to training a rural generalist medical workforce to meet the health service needs of rural WA. WA Country Health Service (WACHS) has established a Rural Generalist Pathway to support rural training for junior doctors from Internship to vocational training.
2. Policy Statement
For 2010 WA Health is committed to offering Internships to all WA medical graduates who are Australian citizens or permanent residents.
This directive mandates that all Primary Allocation Centres (PACs) must support the placement of Interns to WACHS hospitals to undertake rural terms in either single or block rotations.
From 2010 the PACs must utilise all accredited rural Intern posts and ensure 100% occupancy of these posts in each year.
Funding for current rural intern rotations remain unchanged. For future additional rural intern posts, WACHS would be responsible for the salary costs. Additional funds sourced relating to these new positions will be allocated to WACHS. This way cost match service provision.
The number of available rural Intern posts and their allocation to each PAC may be adjusted in future years and will be advised in future Operational Directives.
To increase training opportunities for Interns and RMOs in rural hospitals, and to support the Rural Generalist Pathway, WACHS has increased the number of Intern posts in rural hospitals. All posts are accredited by the Postgraduate Medical Council of WA.
To date the allocation of rural terms has not supported Interns to undertake blocks of two to three rural placements to enable a consolidated rural experience. Advantages of allocating Interns to blocks of two or three rural rotations in one rural town are:
4. Current Status
Current access to rural placements across the three PACs is inequitable.
Notwithstanding this, and to incrementally increase rural posts from the PACs, a Rural Preference Process (RPP) has been developed to support the allocation of blocks of rural terms for Interns interested in a consolidated rural experience.
In 2010 the PACs have been matched to the following rural hospitals’ accredited Intern posts. The PACs will utilise these posts to offer their Interns either a single rotation or blocks of two to three rotations.
WACHS will facilitate the development of appropriate blocks for each PAC where required.
Dr Peter Flett
This circular last updated: Wednesday, 17 June 2009 at 11:55am