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General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) aims to encourage medical practitioners to practise in rural and remote communities and to promote careers in rural medicine by providing financial incentives.
GPRIP is part of the Australian Government’s Rural Health Workforce Strategy and provides financial incentives to medical practitioners who are providing eligible primary health care services to the community within eligible regional, rural or remote areas.
There are two systems to assess and pay financial incentives - the Central Payment System (CPS) and the Flexible Payment System (FPS). Medical practitioners who bill Medicare for eligible services receive automated payments made by the Department of Human Services through the CPS.
Medical practitioners who provide eligible non-Medicare services and/or undertake training (under the Australian General Practice Program [AGPT]) can apply to receive payments through the FPS. Medical practitioners may be assessed under both the CPS and FPS if they are billing but not meeting the maximum threshold required for payment and also meet other top-up eligibility requirements under the FPS.
From 1 July 2015, the Department of Health introduced new guidelines to target incentives to doctors working in areas that experience greater difficulty attracting and retaining general practitioners and introduced the use of the Modified Monash Model (MMM) classification system to classify locations.
The RDWA assists in the provision of FPS payments, and South Australian rural medical practitioners apply directly to the RDWA for assessment for FPS.
To enquire or apply, please contact the RDWA on 08 8234 8277 or on email@example.com.
P: 08 8234 8277