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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03 9349 7800 to speak to our dedicated Recruitment Team. We appreciate your interest and look forward to hearing from you.
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 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.
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 an RWAV Contracted GP Locum.
If the locum GP is an RWAV Contracted Locum:
If the locum GP is an RWAV GP Locum (Independent):
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.