The Pilbara Region
Twice the size of the United Kingdom, the Pilbara region offers some of WA’s most unique natural landscapes, historic Indigenous archaeological sites and culture, as well as dazzling white beaches and untouched coral gardens. The Pilbara is also known as the engine room of Australia, home to a massive mining industry specalising in crude oil, salt, natural gas and iron ore.
The Pilbara overs a wide range of activities to suit all tastes, here are our top five:
- Explore one of the many national parks in the region which sport deep rocky canyons and peaceful plunge pools including Karijini, Murujuga, and Millstream national parks.
- Head to Hearson’s Cove along the Karratha coast for a full-moon experience of a lifetime, Staircase to the Moon.
- Have a weekend getaway in the fishing and snorkelling paradise Mackerel Islands. Accessible via plane or boat from Karratha, the Mackerel Islands sport thriving wildlife, crystal clear waters and secluded coastline.
- Make your way through the Port Hedland Cultural and Heritage Trail, a self-guided tour which takes you around the West End to historic sites and buildings, telling the story of early Hedland days.
- From July to September wildflowers in all shapes, colours and sizes sprout across the region’s plains. Pack the car and head out for some breathtaking views.
The Pilbara region has a wide array of clinical exposure to the following:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
- Chronic disease
- Emergency medicine
- Mental health
- Drug and alcohol services
- Obstetrics and gynaecology
- Occupational medicine related to agriculture and mining work
There are 11 training facilities for you to choose from in the Pilbara region, from GP practices, and Aboriginal Medical Services, to the local hospital. You’ll be well supported by one or more of the 22 rural generalist supervisors in the region, as well as the other 6 registrars living and working in the region’s major towns. You will also have regular contact with your regional medical educator, Dr Paula Straatsma, who is a rural generalist and your program training advisor, Taylor O'Dea.
By working in a rural area such as the Pilbara, 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 Pilbara region you can receive anywhere from $7,500 to $15,000 per semester for the duration of your training. This is dependent on your location and term level. To find out more go to our easy-to-use Facility Finder online tool HERE