In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Government, in collaboration with the GP Colleges, has temporarily revised the arrangements for the RPGP to support rural GPs while social distancing and movement restrictions are in place.
Until 31 December 2021, certain CPD activities delivered online are eligible for RPGP support.
An Addendum to the current guidelines provides further information about the temporary arrangements.
Support is provided in the form of grant payments which are designed to assist with the cost of attending CPD activities, including course costs, locum relief and travel expenses. Grants are calculated on the number of days of training.
The Program has two components. It provides support for:
- procedural GPs practising in surgery, anaesthetics and/or obstetrics in localities designated as
MM 3 – 7 under the Modified Monash Model; and
- GPs practising emergency medicine in MM 3 – 7 locations.
GPs providing services in rural and remote areas but residing primarily in urban areas (e.g. locums, RFDS doctors) may be eligible for the Program.
A GP wishing to claim under the RPGP must meet the following criteria:
- Hold vocational recognition as a general practitioner (VR GP) or be enrolled in a Fellowship pathway with either ACRRM or RACGP;
- Principal clinical practice is physically located in a MM 3 – 7 region;
- Hold unsupervised clinical privileges in an eligible discipline (surgery, anaesthetics, emergency medicine and/or obstetrics) at a hospital located in MM 3 – 7; and
- Participate in a regular roster or general on-call roster.
GP registrars must have a relevant pre-existing qualification and/or successfully completed Advanced Specialist Training to be eligible.
Further information on reforms to the RPGP can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions document:
The Rural Procedural Grants Program is jointly administered by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners on behalf of the Department.
Program Contact DetailsAustralian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
GPO Box 2507
BRISBANE QLD 4001
Phone: 1800 223 226
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
National Rural Faculty
15 Gover Street
NORTH ADELAIDE SA 5006
Phone: 1800 636 764
Further information is available from the Rural Procedural Grants Program Guidelines.
Rural Procedural Grants Program Guidelines (PDF 569 KB)
Rural Procedural Grants Program Guidelines (Word 241 KB)