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More Doctors for Rural Australia Program

The Australian Government’s new program More Doctors for Rural Australia Program (MDRAP) announced as part of the 2018 Federal Budget’s Stronger Rural Health Strategy started on Monday 29 April 2019.

MDRAP will be administered by RDWA in South Australia. 

MDRAP supports non-vocationally recognised (non-VR) doctors to gain general practice experience in rural and remote communities prior to joining a college fellowship program.

MDRAP has categories for applicants who:

  • Have prior general practice experience
  • Do not have general practice experience
  • Want to provide locum services (with prior general practice experience); and
  • Are junior doctors who are seeking general practice exposure.

Applicants and locations must meet the MDRAP requirements to be granted an approved placement.

Approved MDRAP participants will be able to practise in rural SA and access items from group A7 of the Medicare Benefits Schedule. These items are set at 80% of the equivalent general practice items.

RDWA will assess MDRAP applications and determine whether the applicant has the necessary skills and experience to perform in the role and whether there is the appropriate level of support for the applicant from the practice.

MDRAP has been designed to support Australian citizens, permanent residents and temporary residents.  MDRAP placements are location specific.

Potential Applicants

If you are currently registered (or eligible to be registered) with the Medical Board of Australia and are interested in working in rural SA to gain general practice experience before joining a college fellowship program, please contact RDWA’s Recruitment Team to discuss locations that might suit your skills and experience. 

MDRAP Participants’ Support Program

When you are placed on MDRAP, RDWA’s MDRAP Support Program supports you throughout your involvement in the program – helping track and meet your obligations, as well providing extensive education support for doctors with limited general practice experience.


If you are a practice in a District of Workforce Shortage and Modified Monash Model area 2-7 considering taking part in MDRAP, please contact RDWA’s Recruitment Team to discuss the types of support you will be able to provide to potential applicants.

MDRAP Practice Support Program

RDWA’s MDRAP Practice Support Program offers practices with MDRAP doctors access to a range of supports, including support and education for new supervisors (or for refreshing knowledge), training capacity evaluation and a grant to recognise the practice’s commitment to their MDRAP doctor.

Private Recruiters

If you are a recruitment company working with candidates who are seeking jobs in rural SA, please contact RDWA’s MDRAP team for information on the application process and application forms.

Please note: There is no requirement for doctors on existing programs including the Rural Locum Relief Program (RLRP) to move to MDRAP and they may continue on their respective programs until the end of the placement.

To apply for the MDRAP, please contact RDWA’s MDRAP team for the relevant application form.

Program Guidelines


P: +61 8 8234 8277
E: MDRAP@ruraldoc.com.au