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.
The Distribution Priority Area (DPA) classification identifies locations in Australia with a shortage of medical practitioners. International medical graduates who are GPs need to work in an area classified DPA to access Medicare under section 19AB of Australia’s Health Insurance Act 1973.
Australian-trained bonded doctors with return-of-service obligations work in DPA locations to access the Medicare Benefits Schedule. Practices located in a DPA location can employ these doctors to increase the workforce and improve the community’s access to subsidised Medicare services.
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.
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 MDRAP 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 a Distribution Priority Area (DPA). 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 Team is 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.
To further support our goal of connecting health professionals to Victoria’s country communities, we have introduced the Refer a Friend program. If you refer a health professional (GP, nurse or allied health professional) who is looking for a job in rural and regional Victoria to RWAV, we will send you a $500 gift voucher as a way of saying thank you. Learn more about this program here.