Better Targeted Rural Financial Incentives for Doctors

The General Practice Rural Incentives Programme has been redesigned. This includes a new location classification system called the Modified Monash Model.

This Budget measure is not subject to the passage of legislation.

Description of the measure

The Modified Monash Model will help ensure recruitment and retention of the General Practitioner (GP) workforce in small rural towns is comparable to larger well serviced centres.

The redesigned programme will combine the General Practice Rural Incentives Programme, the Outer Metropolitan Relocation Incentive Grant, and the Higher Education Contribution Scheme Reimbursement Scheme into a single payment to assist GPs in small rural towns.

Questions and answers

Who will be affected by this measure

This measure will affect providers who currently receive payments under the:

  • General Practice Rural Incentives Programme
    • GP Component
    • Rural Relocation Incentives Grant
  • Outer Metropolitian Relocation Incentive Grant
  • Higher Education Contribution Scheme Reimbursement Scheme

Who is eligible for this measure

General Practice Rural Incentive Programme payments will be made to eligible doctors practicing in eligible locations, with reference to the updated classification system, effective from 1 July 2015.

For more information about the General Practice Rural Incentive Programme visit our website.

The date this measure will start and finish

This measure will start on 1 July 2015 and is ongoing.

The Higher Education Contribution Scheme Reimbursement Scheme will cease under this measure from 1 July 2015.

Page last updated: 15 March 2016

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