The More Doctors for Rural Australia Program (MDRAP) is a new 3GA program which enables doctors who are non-vocationally registered to work in rural regions and access Medicare. The program commenced in late April 2019 and is being administered in Victoria by Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV).
The program is part of the Stronger Rural Health Strategy.
There is no requirement for doctors on existing programs, including the Rural Locum Relief Program (RLRP) to move to MDRAP and they may continue on their respective programs until the end of the placement. Any existing placements on OMPs programs will continue until 30 June 2023.
There are four categories for the MDRAP in Victoria:
If you fall within one of these categories, you may be eligible to apply for the MDRAP if the following criteria is met:
Who is not eligible?
The practice location must be:
Please see the Department of Health’s Health Workforce Locator tool for DPA and MMM clarification. If you are a doctor seeking an eligible location please contact our Recruitment team on 03 9349 7800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MDRAP placements are intended to run for up to two years.
The MDRAP supports doctors working towards joining a college Fellowship Program. Doctors participating in the MDRAP must make a minimum of one application to a Fellowship Program each year.
Doctors who participate in the MDRAP must complete foundation general practice training modules provided by either the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine within six months of commencing on the MDRAP.
Doctors who participate in the MDRAP for a period greater than 12 months must ensure that at least half of their annual professional development activities are relevant to general practice.
RWAV has a dedicated recruitment team that can help you find a placement that meets the eligibility criteria for MDRAP. Contact email@example.com to find out more.
Doctors on MDRAP will be able to access non-VR rates on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).
Supervision requirements depend on the category that the doctor falls under. For doctors with less than six months general practice experience, the MDRAP provides a supervision framework.
All doctors on MDRAP who require medical supervision to maintain their medical registration must continue to work within the conditions set out by AHPRA.
Most doctors on the MDRAP program have access to the MDRAP Support Package. The package is intended to enhance the implementation of the MDRAP by providing funding to support education and supervision costs. Learn more here.
Assessment of your application will only commence once RWAV has received a completed application. You will receive a formal written notification of your application outcome within 28 business days of RWAV receiving the completed application.
We ask applicants and practices to note:
Please refer to the MDRAP guidelines to determine your eligibility. If you are eligible and have secured a job offer in Victoria, please fill out the relevant application form below.
If you do not currently have a job offer, RWAV may be able to help you find a suitable position. Contact GPprograms@rwav.com.au to find out more.
If you are a doctor with prior general practice experience (must have more than six months prior general practice experience) – Australian and/or overseas – and have access to Medicare benefits in your current location, refer to:
If you are:
(without GP experience)