The Central Wheatbelt Region
The Central Wheatbelt is the farming hub of Western Australia. Twice the size of Tasmania, the region forms a fringe around the central Perth area. There is plenty to do in the Central Wheatbelt, here are our top five:
- Marvel at another one of Australia's amazing rock formations, Wave Rock. It is just as it sounds - a giant wave, 14 metres high and 110 metres long, frozen in time.
- Join a local Aboriginal tour guide and undertake in a cultural walking tour of Merredin Peak and the surrounding reserve. Or, visit Bilya Koort Boodja, the new Centre for Noongar Culture and Environmental Knowledge to learn about the Indigenous culture and history of the region.
- Follow the pathway prospectors once took on their way to Southern Cross, Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields. The Pioneers’ Pathway is a self-drive route passing through Wheatbelt farmlands and small towns.
- Travel 25 kilometres south of the Great Eastern Highway between Merredin and Burracoppin to drive through one of the largest wind farms in Australia. An interpretive display shelter is located on Bulls Head Road which provides information on the project.
- Take a walk along the Railway Dam along the edge of Narrogin and soak in the distinctive Australia flora and bird life. If you’re lucky you might even spy a piebald tortoise.
The Central Wheatbelt region has a wide array of medical presentations, including but not limited to:
- Population health
- Palliative and end of life care
- Aged care
- Emergency medicine
- Primary health
- Population health
There are seven training facilities for you to choose from in the region, ranging from GP practices, maternity practices, and skin care clinics, to the local hospital. You’ll be well supported by one or more of the 11 rural generalists in the region, as well as the 12 other registrars living and working in the region’s major towns. You will also have regular contact with your regional medical educator, Dr Sharron Vasey, who is a local generalist and your program training advisor, Jade Dunning.
By working in a rural area, you are eligible to receive the rural support payment. This payment is available to registrars in rural and remote and/or district workforce shortage areas and is designed to help cover some of the costs of training in a rural/remote area. As a rural generalist registrar working in the Central Wheatbelt region you can receive anywhere from $1,250 to $5,000 per semester for the duration of your training. This is dependent on your location and term level. To find a facility go to our easy-to-use online Facility Finder tool HERE