Supervised Clinical Attachments
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. The aim of a SCA is for procedural general practitioners to update skills and areas of knowledge.
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.
SCAs are eligible for 40 Category 1 Continuing Professional Development points with The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and 2 points per hour or a total of 30 Professional Development Points with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. SCAs are also eligible under the Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP). Please contact your relevant college for more information and eligibility criteria for the RPGP.
Rural Health West coordinates SCAs for proceduralists working in anaesthetics, obstetrics, surgery and emergency medicine. For further information, or to request a placement, please contact the Procedural Programs Coordinator via email or telephone 6389 4500.
WA Country Health Service credentialing
Once you have your sat your DRANZCOG exams and completed your DRANZCOG log book, you will be eligible to apply for a position with WA Country Health Service. Once position is secured you will be invited for credentialing for procedural obstetrics with WA Country Health Service. If you wish to start procedural obstetrics practice prior to receiving your RANZCOG certification, and you already credentials with a scope of practice for WACHS, you will need a “letter of participation” from RANZCOG (see process below). Dr Tony Robins, Executive Director Medical Workforce at WACHS has endorsed these letters. When WACHS receives these letters, staff will credential GP Obstetricians for six months, pending certification.
The process is as follows:
- Trainee completes all logbook requirements and assessments
- Trainee submits an ‘Application for enrolment on the register of Diplomates’ form to RANZCOG
- RANZCOG emails the trainee, advising them how many weeks it’s expected to take to be certified, and inviting the trainee, in the interim, to request a letter of participation from the College
- If the trainee requests it, RANZCOG prepares a letter of participation and sends it to the trainee
- Trainee is certified
Below is a list of contact details for the local credentialing office at each of the WACHS sites:
WACHS-Kimberley – KHR.firstname.lastname@example.org
WACHS-Pilbara – WACHSPB_Credentialing@health.wa.gov.au
WACHS-Midwest – MedicalCredentialing.WACHS-Midwest@health.wa.gov.au
WACHS-Goldfields – email@example.com
WACHS-Wheatbelt – Wheatbelt.firstname.lastname@example.org
WACHS-South West – WACHS-SWCredentialing&ClinicalSupport@health.wa.gov.au
WACHS-Great Southern – email@example.com