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The Rural Procedural Grants Programme (RPGP)

What it does

The programme provides grant payments to procedural General Practitioners (GPs) in regional and remote areas to help them attend training and skills maintenance courses.

Grant payments are designed to assist in covering course costs, travel expenses as well as provide locum relief.

The programme has two components covering:
    • 10 days training for procedural GPs practicing in surgery, anaesthetics and/or obstetrics in ASGC-RA 1-5 localities, , to a maximum of $20,000 per GP per financial year; and
    • 3 days training, for GPs practicing emergency medicine in rural and remote areas (ASGC-RA 2-5) to attend approved skills maintenance and up-skilling activities, to a maximum of $6,000 per GP per financial year. (See also Rural LEAP> )
GPs providing services in regional and remote areas but residing primarily in urban areas (for example locums and Royal Flying Doctor Service doctors) may be eligible for the Programme. The RPGP is jointly administered by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
ACRRM and the RACGP assess the eligibility of GPs and training activities and the Department of Human Services delivers grant payments to the GPs.
Note: Procedural GPs in ASGC-RA 1 localities are subject to specific eligibility criteria.

What it achieves

The programme is focused on skills maintenance and upskilling for procedural GPs in rural and remote areas.

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What's ASGC-RA?

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
Call: 1800 223 226
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Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
Call: 1800 636 764
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