Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP)
The Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP) provides financial assistance to general practitioners (GPs) who provide procedural or emergency medicine services in rural and remote areas. Grants can assist with the cost of skills maintenance and up-skilling training courses, including course costs, locum relief and travel expenses.
Registrations and payments for the RPGP are assessed by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) or the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and processed by Medicare.
The grant applies to both the procedural and emergency medicine GPs component of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification—Remoteness Area (ASGC RA) 2–5. Go to the ASGC–RA 2–5 locator for more information.
Procedural GPs in ASGC-RA 1 may be eligible for the grant but eligibility is dependent on additional approval from ACRRM or RACGP.
The procedural GP component provides a grant for the cost of up to 10 days of training, to a total of $20 000 per GP per financial year. This is calculated at a flat rate of $2000 per day regardless of the course cost and duration or charges for the provision of a locum.
The emergency medicine GPs component provides a grant for the cost of up to three days of training, to a total of $6000 per GP per financial year. This is calculated at a flat rate of $2000 per day regardless of the duration, cost of the course or charges relating to the provision of a locum.
GPs must register for each component of the RPGP (emergency, anaesthetics, obstetrics and/or surgery) before attending a course for which they wish to lodge a claim. Registration and claim forms are available from the ACRRM, RACGP and Department of Health and Ageing websites.
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Last updated: 27 February, 2013