Rural Procedural Grants Program

Provides financial assistance to procedural and emergency medicine general practitioners (GPs) who provide services in rural and remote areas.

The Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP) is jointly administered by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). These colleges assess GP eligibility and training.

We maintain a register of eligible GPs and make payments to GPs on advice from the ACRRM and RACGP.

Eligibility

The RPGP has 2 components. It provides support for:

  • procedural GPs practising in surgery, anaesthetics or obstetrics in the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA) 1 - 5 localities, and
  • GPs practising emergency medicine in ASGC-RA 2-5 localities

Procedural GPs in ASGC-RA 1 localities are subject to specific eligibility criteria.

GPs who provide services in rural and remote areas but reside primarily in urban areas (including locums and Royal Flying Doctor Service doctors) may be eligible for the RPGP.

The Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA) is the classification system used to define eligible areas. Urban localities are classified ASGC-RA1 and rural or remote localities eligible for locum placements are in AGGC-RA 2-5. Refer to the Map Locator, ASGC Remoteness Areas on the Department of Health website to establish the rurality and remoteness of a location.

Payment rates

All grant payments are calculated at a flat rate of $2,000 per day regardless of:

  • the cost of the course
  • travel and accommodation costs, or
  • charges relating to the provision of a locum

The procedural GP component provides a grant for up to 10 days of training, to a total of $20,000 per GP per financial year.

The emergency medicine GP component provides a grant for up to 3 days of training, to a total of $6,000 per GP per financial year.

Applying

Before attending a course, GPs must register and lodge a claim for each component of the RPGP:

  • emergency
  • anaesthetics
  • obstetrics, and
  • surgery

Registration, claim forms and information about supporting documentation are available on the:

Lodge your completed registration forms with either the ACRRM or the RACGP.

Eligible GPs receive a payment once we receive evidence from either the ACRRM or the RACGP that the GP has completed eligible training and included relevant details.

Payments are made directly to the GP's nominated bank account in the next available payment cycle. We forward a statement to the GP detailing each payment made.

Update your bank details

Contact your registering college or complete and return the relevant form to either ACRRM or RACGP:

Accessing the rural incentives programs using HPOS

A guide to using Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) to view your payment history. Read more about accessing the rural incentives programs using HPOS or Provider Digital Access (PRODA).

Resources

For more information about the program visit any of the following:

You can also contact us on the RPGP enquiry line.

Page last updated: 1 July 2016

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