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More Doctors for Rural Australia Program (MDRAP)

The Australian Government’s More Doctors for Rural Australia Program (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 is administered by RDWA in South Australia in accordance with the MDRAP Guidelines.

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. MDRAP can support Australian citizens, permanent residents and temporary residents.

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’s clinical assessment of MDRAP applicants will determine whether the applicant has the necessary skills and experience to perform the role and whether there is the appropriate level of support for the applicant from the practice. Applicants should be prepared to attend a clinical interview as part of the assessment.

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, providing you access to comprehensive medical education and support


If you are a practice in a Distribution Priority Area and Modified Monash Model area 2-7 please contact RDWA’s Recruitment Team to discuss the types of support you will be able to provide to potential applicants, as well as support RDWA can provide for new supervisors, and training capacity evaluation.

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.

To apply for MDRAP, please contact RDWA for an application form.

Program Guidelines 


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