General Practice Rural Incentives Programme - additional funding

Additional funding will enable the General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) to continue its support of rural doctors in 2014-15.

This measure started on 1 July 2014.

Description of the measure

Additional funding will enable the General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) to continue its support of rural doctors in 2014-15.

GPRIP aims to encourage GPs, GP Registrars and some specialists to work and live in remote Australia through the provision of retention and relocation payments.

This measure will support new and existing participants by maintaining annual retention payments.

From 1 July 2014, more streamlined program delivery systems will see GP Registrars assessed in accordance with Medicare billing records, consistent with other GPRIP participants. GP Registrars who are not billing sufficiently to generate a payment may be assesssed manually. Other elements of the program remain unchanged.

Questions and answers

Who will be affected by this measure?

Rural doctors and the communities they live and work in will continue to be supported by GPRIP.

What affect will this measure have on GP Registrars

GP Registrars who are billing Medicare will receive a payment automatically. Those who are not billing Medicare can seek an assessment of their training period through a third party provider.

Am I eligible for this measure?

Information about GPRIP and other rural workforce incentives is available on the Rural and Regional Health Australian website.

When will this measure start and finish?

This measure will start from 1 July 2014.

Page last updated: 15 March 2016

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