Rural Other Medical Practitioners (ROMPs) Program

The ROMPS program provides access to the A1 Medicare rebate to non-vocationally recognised medical practitioners providing general practice services in eligible rural and remote areas. Normally non-vocationally recognised medical practitioners would access the lower A2 Medicare rebate.

Page last updated: 17 November 2010

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this program a doctor must:
  • be non-vocationally recognised (also known as Other Medical Practitioners) and
  • agree to express an interest in achieving Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners or Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.
A doctor must also be providing services in any of the following designated locations:
  • Rural, Remote Metropolitan Area (RRMA) classifications 4-7
  • Defined 'areas of consideration' or
  • Approved RRMA 3 locations which have significant medical workforce shortages (as deemed eligible by the Departmental Delegate).
Eligible medical practitioners may include:
  • Salaried doctors
  • Overseas Trained Doctors and
  • Temporary Resident Doctors.

Guidelines and registration form

Rural Other Medical Practitioners Program (ROMPS) Guidelines (PDF 114 KB)
Rural Other Medical Practitioners Program (ROMPS) Registration form (PDF 70 KB)

If you are unable to download the PDF documents, please email:

Contact for more information

If you have any enquiries relating to the status of your application, payments, eligibility or whether a particular location is eligible for the program, contact Medicare Australia on 1800 032 259.

Page last reviewed: 28 July 2011

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