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Rural SA Locum Program

RDWA’s Rural SA Locum Program supports the retention of resident GPs by providing locum relief for planned leave.  Highly skilled GPs with significant rural experience work in the resident GP’s practice, ensuring SA’s rural communities can continue to access local medical care.

We make it as easy as possible for rural GPs, especially those in smaller towns, to plan their leave, knowing their communities are in safe hands while they take a well-deserved break.

For some rural locations, we also provide GP Proceduralists to support continuity of obstetric or anaesthetic services.

We are dedicated to supporting retention of rural GPs by:

  • Ensuring billings generated by the Locum stay with you so you receive income even when you are on holiday
  • Employing high quality GPs with extensive rural experience to ensure a good fit for the role;
  • Paying travel and accommodation for the locum during the placement
  • Arranging for provider numbers; and
  • Support the GP locum throughout the placement.

We also respond in times of emergency to support communities’ continued access to medical services.

If you have lived and worked in a rural SA location (ASGS RA 2-5) for at least the last 12 months continuously and you provide more than seven general practice consultation sessions per week to your local community, please talk to us about what opportunities there are for you to apply for a locum placement.

Eligibility to apply for a locum is determined by number of GPs in the town and the structure of emergency service for the local public hospital.  Please talk to us and we can let you know your eligibility.

For priority classifications, locum placements are provided at no cost.  For general locum placements, the cost per placement week is heavily subsidised, and participating GPs are asked to make a contribution of as little as 30% of the total cost.

Please contact us so we can provide customised support to you.


Locum Services
P: 08 8234 8277
E: LocumServices@ruraldoc.com.au