The Rural and Other Medical Practitioners (ROMPs) Program is a government incentive initiative for non-vocationally recognised medical practitioners to access the higher A1 Medicare rebate while working in General Practice. ROMPs eligibility requires a medical practitioner to be working in certain rural and remote areas that are classified as RRMA4 – RRMA7. For more information about ROMPs visit the Department of Health.
The General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) aims to encourage medical practitioners to practise in regional, rural and remote communities and to promote careers in rural medicine through the provision of financial incentives. The program aims to retain these medical practitioners in regional, rural and remote locations by providing incentives to continue to work in these areas.
Central Payment System (CPS) and Flexible Payment System (FPS)
There are two payment systems used for the GPRIP – the CPS and the FPS.
Medical practitioners who bill Medicare for eligible services receive automated payments made by the Department of Human Services (Human Services) through the CPS. Medical practitioners are not required to submit an application to access GPRIP payments through the CPS, they are only required to provide bank details to Human Services.
Medical practitioners need to apply under the FPS if they provide eligible non-Medicare services and/or undertake training (under approved training pathways – currently the Australian General Practice Training [AGPT] program or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine [ACRRM] Independent Pathway) that is not reflected in the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) records. Medical practitioners must apply directly to the Rural Workforce Agency (RWA) in the state or the Northern Territory in which they provide the majority of services.
See the GPRIP Program Guidelines for full details on the eligibility requirements.
To be eligible for the GPRIP, medical practitioners must:
For further information, please contact Rural Workforce Agency Victoria’s grants administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (03) 9349 7800.
Both Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Area (RRMA) and Remoteness Area (RA) are both geographic classification systems developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) as a statistical geography structure which allows comparisons between ‘city’ and ‘country’ Australia.
RRMA is the former classification system and was superseded by the RA classification in 2006. The Rural Other Medical Practitioners (ROMPs) Program and the Rural Locum Relief Program are the only rural health programs which use RRMA as a classification tool. Find our more about RRMA and RA.
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