The Health Insurance Act of 1973 provides guidelines on how doctor is able to access Medicare while working in general practice. Two sections provide restrictions to Medicare and are required to have exemptions assigned. These two sections are s19AA and s19AB.
s19AA refers to all doctors working in general practice and relates to achieving fellowship with an Australian accredited college.
s19AB refers to overseas trained doctors and Foreign Graduates of an accredited medical school and relates to the 10-year moratorium. For more information relating to this please click s19AA or s19AB.
District of Workforce Shortage (DWS) is a Commonwealth Government classification of a geographical area where the local population has less access to Medicare-subsidised medical services when compared to the national average. Doctors who are restricted by s19AB are required to work in a DWS. Find out more.
The Modified Monash Model (MMM) is a new classification system that better categorises metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas according to both geographical remoteness and town size. The system was developed to recognise the challenges in attracting health workers to more remote and smaller communities.
Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA 2006) The Remoteness Areas (RA) categories are defined in terms of ‘remoteness’ – the physical distance of a location from the nearest Urban Centre (access to goods and services) based on population size.
3GA Workforce Programs allow medical practitioners undertaking postgraduate education or training placements to provide medical services that are eligible to attract Medicare benefits. There are a number of 3GA Workforce Programs available that will meet your individual needs and requirements. Find out more.
We are only able to provide estimates to this question. Should you be restricted by s19AA and s19AB, your applications, including RLRP will take approximately 6-8 weeks. Should you be restricted by s19AB only, your applications will take approximately 4-6 weeks. Should you be unrestricted, your application will take up to 2 weeks. RWAV is able to assist you in completing and submitting the relevant applications to be granted a Medicare provider number.
There are a number of different scenarios that relate to being granted a Medicare provider number and each Doctors situation is unique to that Doctor. Please make contact with RWAV Recruitment and we will be able to provide you advice and guidance and assist you in gaining a much-needed provider number.
Permanent residents or Australian citizens are restricted by s19AB of The Health Insurance Act of 1973.
You are required to work in District of Workforce Shortage (DWS). Should you not hold fellowship with RACGP or ACRRM, then you are also restricted by s19AA of The Health Insurance Act of 1973 and require a 3GA Workforce Program to access Medicare.
There are a couple of options available for you to work in metro Melbourne – gain fellowship or work in an after-hours clinic that is a member of the National After-hours Medical Deputising Service (NAMDS).
RWAV takes the recruitment and retention of primary health workforce seriously. Our recruitment are highly experienced and knowledgeable in the various legislative and registration requirements and will provide you with the most appropriate advice and guidance according to your personal situation.
They will speak with you to discuss the various pathways and options available to you to meet your career goals.
No, RWAV does not become involved with contractual negotiations. For information specifically relating to contracts, please contact the Australian Medical Association or a qualified legal professional.
A high proportion of the clinics we work with will offer you a contract to work as an independent contractor earning a percentage of billings. The percentage will range from 50% – 75% depending on your experience and registration. You may also receive additional income for participating in after-hours, on-call and holding VMO rights.
The recruitment team will be able to provide you with appropriate market advice that relates to your specific experience.