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What We Offer

For Practices

RWAV Specialist GP Locum Program is a free service for rural general practices and Aboriginal Medical Services providing a personalised approach to matching locum GPs with practices in rural and regional Victoria. RWAV is dedicated to supporting the retention of doctors in rural practice by providing high quality locum relief for holiday, sickness, study leave and to assist with short-term workforce shortages.

RWAV has been partnering with Victorian rural practices for over 20 years. We understand the challenges and complexities of rural general practice and we take care of everything—from advertising your vacancy and screening candidates, to negotiating the locum’s fees and terms, and all the paperwork required to get a GP locum ready to work—so you can get on with the business of running your practice and doing what you do best.

We have a great deal of experience of recruiting rural doctors and have a large network of established locums.

What are the next steps?

If your practice would like to work with RWAV, please get in contact and tell us more about your GP locum vacancy. This will give us all the information we need to advertise the role, and support you in sourcing the best locum for your practice.

Give us a call and speak to our dedicated Recruitment Team on 03 9349 7800 (please press Option 1) or email recruitment@rwav.com.au.

We appreciate your interest and look forward to working with you.



The RWAV Specialist GP Locum Program service works with solo and group practices and community health organisations within rural and regional Victoria MMM2-6.

We also support Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCO’s) within metro, rural and regional Victoria MMM 1-6.

Check your MMM classification here.

If your practice is seeking short-term cover relief for holiday, sickness, education leave and to assist workforce shortages RWAV can help.

WHAT sort of locums WORK with RWAV?

RWAV locum GPs are RACGP and ACRRM fellowed GPs (or equivalent), and have solid experience in providing short-term placements. RWAV understands the specialised skills and requirements for locums who work in rural and regional Victoria, and will ensure that your practice is matched with a suitably qualified fellowed GP.

Will the locum supervise registrars and students? Many locums have done this previously so we need to know in advance and check the situation.

How does it work? what documents to you PROVIDE?

RWAV takes out all the stress and hassle by providing comprehensive recruitment support, which Advertising your vacancy on our website and via social media at no cost to you

  • Sourcing suitable locum GPs from our database
  • Extensive screening and shortlisting of locums according to your vacancy profile
  • Assisting with the administration of all locum documents
  • Obtaining Medicare provider numbers
  • Liaising and negotiating with both locum and practice regarding fees and placement terms.
  • Providing Placement Confirmation to both parties outlining details of locum period, terms discussed, and basic practice information
  • Providing handover orientation guidelines to practice for locum arrival
  • Locum check-in and support during the placement.includes;

Screening and compliance documents:

To be compliant for locum work through RWAV, we require certain documents to be maintained on our records. During confirmation of the GP’s locum placement the following documents will be provide

  • Locum CV/Resume
  • Indemnity insurance certificate
  • FRACGP/ACCRM Certificate
  • Photo ID –for 100-point identity check
  • CPD statement
  • Valid Victorian Working with Children and Police Check/Fit to work Check
  • 1 Referee details (please note this is not a clinical reference)

GP locum provider numbers:

Locum GPs are required to obtain a provider number for every location.  In order for the locum to apply online via PRODA can you are required to complete your practice details Questions 22 to 31 on this Medicare form (click link ) and return to RWAV. Once the locum has obtained their number we will send the details along with their prescriber number with the placement confirmation.

Hospital credentialing:

If you require our GP locum to be credentialed for any on-call, VMO and/or aged care work, you should ensure that the GP is credentialed with the relevant health service(s). Your practice and local hospital are responsible for completing the credentialing process before the GP starts their placement.


RWAV Specialist GP Locum Program is a free service for rural practices.

Locum GP’s determine their own rates, however rural session fees in Victoria currently start from $600 per session (3.5-4 hrs) excluding GST, or 70% + Billings whichever is greater. On-call and VMO fees are usually set by your health service and are paid in addition to the sessions. Locums usually use their own car and charge current ATO charge rates, however some may require use of car and flights/public transport costs reimbursed.

Locums usually invoice the practice at the end of the placement.

If the placement is not commutable then self-contained, clean accommodation with cooking facilities must be provided and paid for by the practice. Locums often bring immediate family however practice is not obliged to cover extended family requirements. RWAV will advise you at time of placement what type of accommodation is required.

  • Is Motel ok? Only if it has extended facilities for cooking.
  • Doctors House? Yes as long as the locum is in agreeance and check any domestic responsibilities/animal care
  • Shared? No usually locums will not share it is not the same as having a registrar or student.

*If your placement is filled by RWAV Contracted locum we will invoice practice and pay locum directly. Fees are subsidised and confirmed at time of placement.

WHAT are the practice responsibilities?

The practice is responsible for assessing the suitability of the locum, obtaining clinical references and confirming all the agreed payment terms, workload requirements.

Arranging accommodation for the locum if it is required and arranging use of a motor vehicle for the locum if required.

Prior to the commencement of the placement, you should contact the locum check their arrival and re-confirm all the arrangements including fees, invoices and payment terms.

Practices are required to provide induction/orientation for the locum on their first day before they commence seeing patients. RWAV provides an Induction checklist (can we have link to document) . A handover for the conclusion of the placement should also be planned at this time for follow up results etc.

It is really useful and appreciated if you also provide a town orientation to the locum, where they can get coffee, best places to eat, sights worth visiting and any “whats on” community activities.


Once your placement is confirmed RWAV will provide you with a detailed Placement Confirmation brief outlining details of the locum, agreed dates, hours, terms discussed, and basic practice information.

We also provide Induction Checklist to help you prepare for the locums arrival (click link)

RWAV provides check-ins during the placement. It is important to RWAV that our practices and GP locums feel supported, and the placement process is as straightforward as possible.

We conduct post-placement evaluations with both locum and practice after every placement . The feedback provides us with valuable information regarding locum fit/suitability and also enables RWAV to continually improve our services.

RWAV will also provide a locum grant reimbursement towards accommodation and travel costs associated with the locum placement. We will inform you of eligibility once your vacancy is confirmed.



Yes, many of our doctors do repeat locums at various practices. They often request to return or are requested by the practice.

RWAV supports a number of practices that use a permanent model of rotating locum doctors as this can provide valuable continuity of care to solo practices.

If you wish to extend a locum or request a locum back at your practice please contact RWAV first.

Your practice may be eligible for financial assistance through a locum Grant


I need locum cover – what should i do?

If your practice would like to work with RWAV, please Complete a request via website and we will respond within 24 hours.

The more notice we get the higher chance of finding a suitable locum.

Or give us a call and speak to our friendly dedicated Recruitment Team on 03 9349 7800 (please press Option 1) or email recruitment@rwav.com.au.

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Shay brings over 20 years of financial
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Kate is a Registered Nurse highly experienced in health promotion and project management. Her people and program management skills enable her to be agile and adaptable while maintaining an outcomes focus on improving quality access to primary healthcare.

Kate’s extensive experience working with all levels of government, the community and stakeholders across the sector have provided her with insights into the challenges rural communities and health professionals face. Kate has led the design and delivery of many innovative and strategic health promotion and grants programs, supporting better access to health services, health information and activities across communities. Whilst at RWAV, Kate has led the transformation of the RWAV grants program, enhanced the administration of a number of programs and developed the RWAV allied health portfolio. She has also led the development of the RWAV research program of activities.

Having worked at RWAV since 2020, Kate will continue positively influencing the rural healthcare workforce and access to services.

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With a background in social work and a proven record in recruitment, project management, and business development, Jo brings strategic leadership and a wealth of experience in driving positive outcomes within the health, human services, and State Government sectors.

Jo specialises in managing health professional recruitment and outreach programs, including the More Doctors for Rural Australia and 3GA programs. Her focus is on implementing innovative workforce strategies and clinical governance to bolster RWAV’s mission of enhancing healthcare accessibility in rural and regional Victoria.

Having previously excelled at RWAV, Jo spearheaded successful internal change initiatives while fostering strong relationships with external stakeholders. Her efforts consistently align with RWAV’s strategic direction, ensuring a cohesive approach to driving impactful change.

Beyond her professional expertise, Jo’s passion lies in uniting communities and championing positive transformations in rural healthcare in Victoria.

Martin is a governance professional and lawyer with experience in private practice and in-house legal roles. He has been a company secretary for public and private sector organisations across a range of industries including VicTrack, Regis Healthcare Limited and Dairy Australia Limited. He holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia (GIA) and is a fellow of the GIA.

With a rich background of consulting and in-house people and culture roles with the corporate, government and community sectors, Andrea is responsible for leading the implementation of RWAV’s People and Culture strategy, policies, processes, functions and team.

Andrea has significant experience in leading teams across culture, capability, diversity, equity, leadership, organisational development and learning programs as well as core human resources partnering.

With a strong focus on building and maintaining psychologically safe organisations, Andrea’s team is dedicated to ensuring that RWAV is a place where people can work well and be well at work.


Rosemary has had a varied career as an academic teaching economics, public policy and industrial relations, and as a consultant, advocate, health union official and as a director.

She brings strong governance and strategic skills to the Board, as well as knowledge and depth of experience in health policy, economics and investment.

Rosemary was a Director of Aware Super for nine years, and Chair of the Investment Committee for three years. She was also a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, the Governance Committee and the REM and HR Committee. Rosemary is currently a member of the Investment Committee of Cbus.

She was the Secretary of the Victorian Psychologists Association Inc for 20 years and knows first-hand the difficulties in attracting and retaining health professionals in rural and regional Victoria.

Dr Louise Manning is a rural GP Obstetrics trainee practising in Central Victoria where she delivers general practice, obstetric and sexual health services. Growing up in a small town she has lived experience of the difficulties accessing healthcare in rural and regional areas, and is dedicated to advocating for equitable health outcomes regardless of geography.

Louise is also a Board Director of the Rural Doctors’ Association of Victoria.

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John Biviano is an experienced senior executive who has held many senior roles in government (Health Dept) and also in professional associations related to healthcare. Until recently, John was the CEO of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, where he oversaw the digitisation of a range of Member offerings, including aspects of training. 

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He trained in safety and quality at Dr Brent James’ Institute at Intermountain Healthcare in the US and has held management and leadership roles in Victoria and Tasmania. More recently he completed a two-year project as Director of Clinical Governance for Central Adelaide Local Health Network.

Grant currently works as an independent consultant providing advice to hospitals and organisations on clinical leadership and safety and quality

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Assoc Prof Rawlin is an experienced General Practitioner and medical educator. He is currently in clinical general practice in suburban Melbourne and previously practiced in rural Victoria for 10 years.

Assoc Prof Rawlin is Chair of the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaborative and a past Chair of the Mental Health Professionals Association and is a board member of the Mental Health Professionals Network. He is also the Medical Director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Victoria.
He is a member of the RACGP Victoria Council.

Albert Giorgini is the Senior Advisor to CEO at RWAV.

As an experienced finance executive, with an extensive career in public transport and in the automotive and industrial gas sectors, Albert has honed his skills in driving financial performance improvements with a commercial and business transformation focus.

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Albert has highly developed communication and stakeholder management skills to support his strong planning, analytical and financial performance improvement acumen, always striving to create innovative solutions that drive growth and success.


Lauren commenced in the role of Manager People and Culture in August 2018 and is responsible for leading the implementation of RWAV’s People and Culture strategy, policies, processes, functions and team.

Lauren’s team is committed to implementing activities and initiatives to support the achievement of RWAV’s strategies and strengthen RWAV’s position as an ‘Employer of Choice’.

Lauren is an experienced Manager and HR professional, with a career spanning the professional services, automotive, defence, and not-for-profit sectors.

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Lauren Cordwell commenced in the role of Chief Executive Officer in August 2023. She took on the role of Acting CEO in April 2023 and previously served as the General Manager since February 2020.
Lauren has leadership responsibilities for strategy, communications, data, stakeholder engagement and program delivery.

Lauren’s team is committed to supporting communities in rural and regional Victoria to have timely access to affordable and safe health care.

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