This Programme was introduced to overcome the unintended consequence of a legislative amendment at that time. Affected doctors were placed on the Programme automatically and advised accordingly.
The Programme applies to doctors who:
- Prior to 1 January 1997 were licensed or registered as medical practitioners in an Australian state or territory and
- On 18 October 2001 were either a temporary resident or a resident of New Zealand and
- Are subject to the Medicare provider number Fellowship requirement under section 19AA of the Act (that is, are not vocationally registered or do not have Fellowship of a recognised medical college).
Placement on the Programme is indefinite and preserves the same unrestricted access to Medicare which the affected doctors had in October 2001.
For a copy of the guidelines, please email 19AA@health.gov.au
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 Programme, contact Medicare Australia on 1800 032 259
Page last reviewed: 14 November 2012