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RWAV Specialist GP Locum Program - information for health services

RWAV Specialist GP Locum Program – information for health services

Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (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 or CPD needs.

RWAV offers the following support for health services seeking GP locum coverage:

  • Advertising your vacancy on the RWAV website, social media and other platforms at no cost to your service
  • Extensive screening and short listing of GPs according to your vacancy profile
  • Sourcing suitable GPs from our database
  • Assisting with administration of all GP locum documents
  • Supporting the process for obtaining Medicare provider numbers
  • Liaising and negotiating with your practice and the GP regarding fees and placement terms
  • Providing placement confirmation details to your practice and the GP outlining details of the locum period, practice information, terms discussed and town information
  • Providing handover orientation guidelines to your practice before the GP arrives
  • Checking in with the GP during the placement
  • Completing evaluations post placement
  • Financial subsidies – contribution toward travel and accommodation costs for eligible practices
  • Rural Area Bonus Grants for eligible practices

 

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 right GP for your practice.

You can email locum@rwav.com.au or call 03 9349 7800 to speak to our dedicated Recruitment Team.  We appreciate your interest and look forward to hearing from you.

FAQ

WHICH PRACTICES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE RWAV LOCUM PROGRAM?

The service is offered to solo, group practices and Aboriginal Health communities within Victorian RA2-5/MMM2-7 rural and regional areas.

WHAT MAKES A GP ELIGIBLE FOR LOCUM WORK AT 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.

HOW LONG IS A LOCUM PLACEMENT?

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:

  • GP sessional work
  • VMO (Visiting Medical Officer) rights
  • Hospital and nursing home visits
  • After-hours and/or on-call

WHAT SUPPORT DOES OUR PRACTICE NEED TO PROVIDE TO THE LOCUM GP?

  • Your practice will be required to pay reasonable return travel costs for the GP at ATO rates, or an agreed reimbursement of the costs
  • Your practice will be required to provide the GP and their family (if required) clean, good standard self-contained accommodation when it is required

WHAT POST-PLACEMENT SUPPORT WILL RWAV PROVIDE FOR MY PRACTICE?

RWAV will contact your practice and the GP after each placement for feedback. This is an ongoing effort to refine the RWAV Specialist GP Locum Program service. It is important to RWAV that our practices and GP locums feel supported, and the placement process is as straightforward as possible.

WHAT IS REQUIRED BEFORE A LOCUM GP CAN START AT OUR PRACTICE FOR THE FIRST TIME?

  • An orientation checklist:

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.

  • 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 these documents will be provided to the practice. 

  • GP locum provider numbers: 

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.

  • Hospital credentialing: 

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.

WHAT ARE THE LOCUM GP’S FEES AND RATES OF PAY?

If your practice engages RWAV, there are two locum model options depending on whether the GP chooses to locum independently or as an RWAV Contracted GP Locum.

If the locum GP is an RWAV Contracted Locum:

  • RWAV will invoice your practice at the end of each placement
  • As the locum GP will be an RWAV employee they will work under RWAV conditions, as per the RWAV Locum Contract of practice

If the locum GP is an RWAV GP Locum (Independent):

  • The practice and the GP will negotiate fees/rates of pay
  • The GP will determine their own rates and contract terms with your practice
  • The GP will invoice your practice at the end of the placement as per agreed terms

CAN A HEALTH SERVICE REQUEST A LOCUM GP RETURN OR COMPLETE A REPEAT LOCUM PLACEMENT?

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.