More Doctors for Rural Australia Program (MDRAP)

February 1, 2019 5:05 pm Published by

MDRAP is a new 3GA health workforce program that will be taking over from the SAPP and RLRP. The MDRAP was brought in at the beginning of 2019 and the SAPP and RLRP. The SAPP and RLRP will likely be closed by mid 2019. Non-vocationally recognised (non-VR) doctors participating in the MDRAP will be able to access a Medicare benefit while working towards entry to a college Fellowship Program.

 

Am I eligible for MDRAP?

To be eligible for MDRAP doctors must:

  • hold a current registration with the Medical Board of Australia;
  • have an offer of employment; and
  • have the necessary skills and experience to perform the role.

A doctor’s previous 3GA placement history will be considered when assessing MDRAP applications.

 

Where can I practice?

Eligible locations for an MDRAP placement are:

  • in a District of Workforce Shortage (DWS); and
  • in an area classified as Modified Monash Model (MMM) 2–7.

Doctors who work at a practice classified as an Aboriginal Medical Service or that hold an exemption under s19 (2) or s19 (5) of the Health Insurance Act 1973 are also eligible for a MDRAP placement.

 

What can I claim?

Doctors on the MDRAP will be able to access items from group A7 of the Medicare Benefits Schedule. These items are set at 80% of the equivalent general practice items.

 

How long can I be on the MDRAP?

An initial MDRAP placement is for 2 years. Doctors can seek extensions for a period up to 4 years total in some circumstances.

 

What will I have to do?

The MDRAP supports doctors working towards joining a college Fellowship Program; doctors participating in the MDRAP must make a minimum of one application to a Fellowship Program each year.

Doctors who participate in the MDRAP must complete foundation general practice training modules provided by either the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine within 6 months of commencing on the MDRAP.

Doctors who participate in the MDRAP for a year must ensure at least half of the annual professional development required by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHRPA) is relevant to general practice.

 

Will I have to be supervised?

The MDRAP provides a supervision framework for doctors who have less than 6 months general practice experience. The supervision requirements vary depending on the category of the doctor. Information about supervision is available in the MDRAP Guidelines.

 

What is the minimum amount of GP experience required to join the MDRAP?

There is no minimum general practice experience requirement for the MDRAP.  However, the amount of prior general practice experience will affect the supervision requirements for participants. Doctors with less than six months general practice experience must:

  • work under level one supervision, as defined by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) in their supervision standards for international medical graduates, for one month full time equivalent; and
  • complete and lodge a “Plan for professional development and re-entry to practice” with AHPRA (as required by the AHPRA recency of practice registration standard).

Doctors who are in PGY 3-5 must:

  • work under level one supervision, as defined by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) in their supervision standards for international medical graduates, for a period equivalent to one month full time equivalent; and
  • if the supervisor determines the doctor can demonstrate the required competency, work under level two supervision as defined by AHPRA in their supervision standards for international medical graduates, for a minimum period of five months.

 

How do I apply?

To apply for the MDRAP contact the Rural Workforce Agency in your state or territory. If you are working with JPS then we will manage the application process for you.

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