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More Doctors For Rural Australia Program (MDRAP)

More Doctors For Rural Australia Program (MDRAP)

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.

Who is eligible for the MDRAP?

There are three categories for the MDRAP in Victoria:

  • Doctors with prior general practice experience
  • Doctors without general practice experience
  • Junior doctors gaining exposure to general practice (PGY3-5)

If you fall within one of these categories, you may be eligible to apply for the MDRAP if the following criteria is met:

  • Hold current registration with the Medical Board of Australia
  • Have an offer of employment and the necessary skills and experience to perform the role 
  • Provide evidence of having appropriate support in place to meet supervision requirements (if applicable)
  • Take active steps to join a college pathway within the defined period, and
  • Undertake general practice professional development activities.

Who is not eligible?

  • Doctors who have exhausted their time on two 3GA programs
  • Doctors who have undertaken placement on an accredited General Practice training pathway. This includes the Australian General Practice Training Pathway (AGPT); the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS); RACGP's PEP or ACRRM's Independent Pathway.

Where can I practice on the MDRAP?

The practice location must be:

  • in a Distribution Priority Area (DPA); and
  • in an area classified as Modified Monash Model (MMM) 2–7; or
  • classified as an Aboriginal Medical Service or be the subject of a Ministerial direction under s19 (2) or s19 (5) of the Act.

Please see the Department of Health's Health Workforce Locator tool for DPA and MMM clarification.

How long is the program?

MDRAP placements are intended to run for up to two years.

What will I have to do?

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.

I don’t have an offer of employment yet, can RWAV help me find a suitable practice location?

RWAV has a dedicated recruitment team that can help you find a placement that meets the eligibility criteria for MDRAP. Contact screening@rwav.com.au to find out more.

What can I claim on the Medicare Benefits Schedule?

Doctors on MDRAP will be able to access non-VR rates on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

Do I require supervision?

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.

How long will it take to process my application?

It may take up to 10 weeks to process your MDRAP application form once the relevant application form and all supporting documents have been received. If you have secured a placement, please make sure that you allow sufficient time for your application to be processed prior to the commencement date.

How can I apply for MDRAP?

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's Recruitment team can help you find a suitable position. Contact screening@rwav.com.au to find out more.

Doctors with general practice experience

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:

Doctors without general practice experience

If you are:

  • a doctor without prior general practice experience (less than six months or no general practice experience)
  • Junior doctors gaining exposure to general practice (must have completed postgraduate years 1 and 2 in an Australian hospital. Junior doctors can apply if they are in Postgraduate Year (PGY 3-5).

Want to know more?

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