General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP)

This page contains information on the General Practice Rural Incentives Program.

Page last updated: 30 June 2017

On 1 July 2017, all GPRIP documentation was updated. There have been changes to eligibility and program requirements for participants applying under the Flexible Payment System. Updated GPRIP Program Guidelines and application forms are available below.

Please note: The GPRIP is subject to change by Government and it is the responsibility of eligible medical practitioners to ensure they are operating under the current version of the GPRIP Program Guidelines. No claim will be entertained for loss of payment or any other loss as a result of a medical practitioner failing to operate under the current version of the Program Guidelines.

Changes to How Activity is Counted under the Flexible Payment System from 1 July 2017

From 1 July 2017, the way medical practitioners record their activity under the Flexible Payment System (FPS) has changed.

In order to apply for payment under the Alternative Employment provisions, medical practitioners must fall under the existing Alternative Employment categories outlined in the GPRIP Program Guidelines, but now must apply through the FPS for all time spent providing GPRIP eligible services, regardless of whether the services were MBS billed. Time spent providing eligible services must be quantified in 3hr+ GPRIP sessions on an updated FPS Application Form.

Special Top-Up Provisions Changes from 1 July 2017

Prior to 1 July 2017, the Top-Up Provisions for additional activities in remote and very remote locations (Modified Monash [MM] 6-7) including travel time, support for Aboriginal Health Workers, population health work, and essential services to small communities only applied to medical practitioners who already qualified for a payment under the Central Payment System (CPS).

However, from 1 July 2017, all medical practitioners who meet the minimum activity threshold based on Medicare billing (CPS) or Alternative Employment (FPS) across four or more active quarters are able to apply for these Special Top-Up Provisions.

See the Program Guidelines below for full details of the redesigned Program and eligibility requirements.

Stage One of Health Care Homes

In 2017, approximately 200 practice locations across Australia will commence participation in stage one of the Health Care Homes initiative.

The Health Care Homes initiative was announced on 31 March 2016 as part of the Government’s Healthier Medicare reform package and in response to the recommendations in the Primary Health Care Advisory Group Report ‘Better Outcomes for People with Chronic and Complex Health Conditions’.

More information for medical practitioners participating in stage one of Health Care Homes in MM3-7 locations will be included in a future update of the Program Guidelines.

General Practice Rural Incentives Program Redesign from 1 July 2015

The GPRIP Redesign and the Modified Monash Model Classification System from 1 July 2015

From 1 July 2015, the GPRIP moved to the Modified Monash Model (MMM), to more effectively target financial incentives to doctors working in areas that experience greater difficulty attracting and retaining general practitioners. From 1 July 2015, participants are assessed against the new eligibility criteria.

Rural Relocation Incentive Grant Cessation

The Rural Relocation Incentive Grant (RRIG) ceased on 25 May 2015. Previously approved RRIG participants will continue to receive payments if they continue to meet the RRIG eligibility requirements. No new applications to join the scheme will be accepted.

Applying for Payment Via the Flexible Payment System

Only medical practitioners who are providing non-Medicare services and/or undertaking training (under approved training pathways) that is not reflected in Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) records need to apply for payment incentives through the FPS. These medical practitioners are required to complete an application process to receive GPRIP incentives using the application forms below.

The Flexible Payment System Application Form needs to be submitted to the Rural Workforce Agency in the state or the Northern Territory in which the medical practitioner has provided the majority of their services or training.

GP Registrars who are applying for payment under the Flexible Payment System are also required to submit the Registrar Training Confirmation Form.

Please note there have been changes to how activity is counted under the FPS and to Special Top-Up Provisions from 1 July 2017. See the Program Guidelines below for full details of the redesigned Program and eligibility requirements.

Please note these forms require handwritten signatures and therefore are intended to be paper based. The Printable PDF versions are the recommended documents for medical practitioners to download, print, complete and submit.

GPRIP Flexible Payment System Application Form

The PDF version is the recommended document for medical practitioners to download, print, complete and submit

PDF version: GPRIP Flexible Payment System Application Form for Applications from 1 July 2017 (PDF 187 KB)
Word version: GPRIP Flexible Payment System Application Form for Applications from 1 July 2017 (Word 582 KB)

GPRIP Flexible Payment System Registrar Training Confirmation Form

The PDF version is the recommended document for medical practitioners to download, print, complete and submit

PDF version: GPRIP Flexible Payment System Registrar Training Confirmation Form for Applications from 1 July 2017 (PDF 103 KB)
Word version: GPRIP Flexible Payment System Registrar Training Confirmation Form for Applications from 1 July 2017 (Word 91 KB)

Independent Expert Panel - Report on the public consultation and advice to Government on the redesign of the General Practice Rural Incentives Program

On 1 December 2014, Senator The Hon Fiona Nash announced that an Independent Expert Panel would consider the application of the MMM to GPRIP, and also consider pathways for junior doctors to rural practice. Independent Expert Panel’s Report.

GPRIP Information

GPRIP aims to encourage medical practitioners to practise in regional and remote communities and promote careers in rural medicine.

For payment assessment and calculation enquiries please contact The Department of Human Services on 1800 010 550.

For eligibility enquiries please contact gprip@health.gov.au.

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