Changes to the General Practice Rural Incentives Programme
From 1 July 2015, the General Practice Rural Incentives Programme (GPRIP) moved to the new classification system, the Modified Monash Model (MMM), to more effectively target financial incentives to doctors working in areas that experience greater difficulty attracting and retaining general practitioners. Commencing on 1 July 2015, participants are now being assessed against the new eligibility criteria. The first payments under the new arrangements are expected to commence in August/September 2016.
See the Programme Guidelines below for full details of the redesigned programme and eligibility requirements.
All current participants will have received a pro-rata payment for services up to 30 June 2015 if they met the pro-rata eligibility requirements based on the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas model. Further information is available here
Rural Relocation Incentive Grant Cessation
The Rural Relocation Incentive Grant (RRIG) ceased on 25 May 2015. Previously approved RRIG participants will continue to receive payments if they continue to meet the RRIG eligibility requirements. Eligibility requirements for the RRIG have not changed and ongoing eligibility will be assessed based on the ASGC-RA classification system. No new applications to join the scheme will be accepted.
Independent Expert Panel - Report on the public consultation and advice to Government on the redesign of the General Practice Rural Incentives Programme
On 1 December 2014, Minister Nash announced that an Independent Expert Panel would consider the application of the Modified Monash Model (MMM) to GPRIP, and also consider pathways for junior doctors to rural practice.
View the report
GPRIP aims to encourage medical practitioners to practise in regional and remote communities and promote careers in rural medicine.
For payment assessment and calculation enquiries please contact Human Services on 1800 010 550. For eligibility enquiries please contact