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General Practice Rural Incentives Program - GPRIP

The GPRIP provides financial incentives to medical practitioners providing eligible primary health care services within eligible regional, rural or remote areas. The RDWA is here to assist you with any GPRIP enquiries and with submitting applications for the Flexible Payment System (FPS). We encourage you to contact Lauren Channon, the Workforce Incentives Coordinator on 08 8406 5732 or by email at lauren.channon@ruraldoc.com.au for any assistance.  

The GPRIP is a component of the Rural Health Workforce Strategy, a 2009-10 Budget measure. The 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.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the GPRIP, medical practitioners must:

  1. provide eligible primary care services and/or undertake GP Registrar training placements under an approved training pathway in regional, rural and remote locations (MM categories 3-7) within Australia; and
  2. have an eligible current Medicare provider number; and
  3. have provided current bank account details to Human Services specifically for the GPRIP.

See the GPRIP Program Guidelines for full details on the eligibility requirements.

The Guidelines are available on the Department of Health website.

Apply

GPRIP FPS Application Form

GPRIP Registrar Training Confirmation Form

Contact

Lauren Channon, Coordinator, Workforce Incentives Program
P: 08 8406 5732
E: lauren.channon@ruraldoc.com.au