Community based attachment (CBA) is a brand new requirement for postgraduate year one and two resident medical officers (RMOs) to experience primary care medicine first hand.

What is a community based attachment?

For the first time ever, you will get an inside glimpse into the ever changing landscape of community health care, gaining insight into life as a front line community practice doctor. 

It is an invaluable practical module that grounds young doctors to some of the most essential and vulnerable parts of their local community. Furthermore, being absorbed in specialist community services such as sexual health, hospice, and general practice will help you decide your future career choices.

Community based attachment (CBA) is currently being phased in and is expected to be a popular choice among young doctors leading up to it becoming a compulsory attachment from 2020 onwards.

How does it work?

Introduced by the Medical Council of New Zealand last year, CBA is one of the eight 13-week attachments you have to complete in order to complete prevocational training. You can spend your community attachment in any primary health care field but we expect most RMOs will spend time in general practice.

The attachment can be undertaken during either postgraduate year one or two however we recommend you do it in PGY2 following general registration. 

The district health board set the requisites for the attachment, which will be agreed with the hosting practice and signed off by Medical Council. The number one focus will be direct time spent with patients and therefore getting a feel for first contact healthcare.

During your community attachment, you will remain an employee of the DHB, however local supervision will be appointed.

Be involved

Talk to your hospital RMO unit immediately if you would like to be considered for a CBA opportunity. Practices considering establishment of a Community Based Attachment may refer to the informational resources available from the Ministry of Health

If you finish the attachment and feel general practice is for you, sign up for the General Practice Education Programme (GPEP) or Division of Rural Hospital Medicine (DRHM) where the College will be waiting to welcome you.