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Rural Health Workforce Strategy (RHWS) Incentive Programs
Feel like a lifestyle change?
There’s never been a better time to work in regional, rural and remote Australia. Take advantage of the Australian Government’s professional and financial incentives for rural doctors offered under the Rural Health Workforce Strategy (RHWS).
Broaden your horizons
There are more choices and greater financial incentives to relocate than ever before. Under the Australian Standard Geographical Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA) system the number of rural doctors eligible for RHWS incentives has significantly increased.
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RHWS incorporates a system of scaling of financial and non-financial incentives: the greater the need for doctors, the greater the benefits for you.
To find out if you are eligible refer to the information provided under each program.
- Doctors who relocate to regional and remote areas for the first time may be eligible for payments of up to $120,000.
- Doctors already working in regional and remote locations may be able to access retention payments of up to $47,000.
- Medical graduates can reduce their HECS debt if they train or work in rural and remote areas.
The scaling system offers reductions to the period of restriction for Medicare benefits to overseas trained doctors and foreign graduates of an accredited medical school working in private practice in Australia.
GPRIP offers incentives to medical practitioners to relocate and practice in rural and remote communities.
The program provides subsidies to rural and remote GP practices to host locums, allowing rural doctors to take time off for rest or to undertake professional development.
Rural LEAP provides financial assistance to urban GPs who undertake emergency medicine training and commit to 4 weeks of paid general practice locum placement in regional or remote Australia.
Medical graduates can have a portion of their medical studies HECS fees reimbursed for every year of training undertaken or service provided in rural, regional or remote Australia.
The BMP Scheme provides funding to universities to offer 600 additional medical school places each year for students willing to commit to training and/or working in a district of workforce shortage.
Students accepting the MRBS receive an annual scholarship payment from the Australian Government while they’re studying. In return they commit to working in a rural or remote area of Australia for 6 continuous years after completing their medical training as a specialist.