The RWAV Locum Program supports the retention of doctors by providing locum relief for holiday, sickness and education leave. We work with solo and group practices, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and community health services within rural and regional Victoria.
COVID-19 travel update:
During COVID-19 restrictions, health practitioners placed on the RWAV Locum Program are eligible to travel for work purposes and may need to apply for a Permitted Worker Permit. All health practitioners must also comply with host practice precautionary requirements.
Please see the Australian Government Department of Health's COVID-19 Telehealth Items Guide for questions relating to the requirements associated with MBS telehealth items.
To read an overview of telehealth updates during COVID-19, read the RWAV Telehealth for Locums fact sheet.
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As a locum GP with RWAV you will provide care and support to rural communities in some of Victoria's most treasured destinations, giving you a chance to explore stunning beaches, ski fields, inland and coastal areas.
RWAV works with solo and group practices, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and community health services (providing primary health services) within rural and regional Victoria.
There are two available options to work as a locum GP with RWAV:
This option is ideal for a GP looking for variety within general practice, while still having a sense of longer term stability. As an RWAV Employed Locum, your contract will be with RWAV, which will see you undertaking multiple placements across country Victoria.
This option is ideal for a GP seeking to work on an independent basis. The GP can opt to work as much or as little as they want, depending on availability.
We place RACGP and ACRRM fellowed GPs (or equivalent) across rural and regional Victoria. While experience providing short-term rural GP placements is desirable, it is not essential.
In Victoria, GPs who have not achieved fellowship are ineligible to locum due to supervision and mentoring requirements.
We also welcome referrals if you have a friend, family member or colleague who is a fellowed GP.
A locum placement can range from one to six weeks or more; be full-time, part-time or weekend cover. Placements may include requirements for any of the following:
The RWAV website has a complete list of available GP locum vacancies across rural and regional Victoria. Click here to see the full list.
We also encourage you to subscribe to the GP Locum Vacancies Newsletter so that you can receive updated positions straight to your inbox every week. Subscribe to the newsletter here.
Fellowed GPs can apply to be part of the GP Locum Program by filling out their details on the 'Apply Now' web page, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 03 9349 7800 to speak to our dedicated Recruitment Team.
After you application has been submitted, we will arrange a phone discussion with you, complete reference checks and request relevant documentation from you. This documentation must be provided prior to confirmation of placement.
There are standard documents and background checks required by practices and health services in Victoria before you can start your first locum placement. You will only need to provide these documents once or until validity expires.
The checklist of documents are:
For each locum placement, you may have the opportunity to do on-call, VMO or aged care work to support the community. You will need to be credentialed with the relevant health service in order to do this for each new location.
Credentialing requirements are managed independently by the health service, not RWAV. You can set up an account online via e-credentialing or complete a paper application for the health service.
You are required to obtain a provider number for each location worked. To do this, register with the PRODA Health Professional Online Service to receive your provider numbers. Click here for more information.
The Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) 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 or CPD needs.
The service is offered to solo, group practices and Aboriginal Health communities within Victorian RA2-5/MMM2-7 rural and regional areas.
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.
A locum placement can range from one to six weeks or more; be full-time, part-time or weekend cover. Placements may include requirements for any one of the following:
RWAV will contact your practice and the GP after each placement for feedback. This is an ongoing effort to refine the GP Locum Program services. It is important to RWAV that our practices and GP locums feel supported, and the placement process is as straightforward as possible.
We request that your practice completes an RWAV Orientation Checklist before the GP commences their placement. Taking time to go through the checklist makes all the difference to their overall experience.
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 these documents will be provided to the practice.
Before a GP can start a placement at your practice, the GP is required to obtain a provider number for each location they work at. All our GP locums are advised to register online with PRODA - Health Professional Online Service to receive provider numbers. Once set up with PRODA, the GP can apply for, and receive new numbers online.
If you require our GP 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 paperwork before the GP starts their placement. To be credentialed, the GP may need to be set up with an account via online credentialing or complete a paper credential application for each health service.
If your practice engages RWAV, there are two locum model options depending on whether the GP chooses to locum independently or as part of the RWAV Employed Locum Program.
If the locum GP is an RWAV Employed Locum:
If the locum GP is an RWAV Independent Locum:
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 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 right GP for your practice.
You can email email@example.com or call 03 9349 7800 to speak to our dedicated Recruitment Team. We appreciate your interest and look forward to hearing from you.