Some 450 rural and regional towns receive boost to attract doctors

Some 450 rural and regional towns will receive greater incentives to attract GPs.

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24 May 2015

Some 450 rural and regional towns will receive greater incentives to attract GPs from July 1, under changes announced by Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash today.

Speaking at the National Rural Health conference in Darwin, Minister Nash announced an overhauled and much fairer GP Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) which means smaller rural communities would be able to more easily attract and retain GPs.

Under the old system introduced by the previous Labor Government in 2010, some $50 million a year was being used to pay incentives for doctors to live in 14 large regional cities, including Townsville (population 175,000) and Cairns (population 145,000).

The system created incentives for doctors to remain in well-serviced cities which had little trouble attracting doctors.

An independent expert panel consulted with stakeholders before compiling a report for the Minister, using the new Modified Monash Model to classify rural and regional towns and cities. Minister Nash thanked the panel for its work.

"The new GPRIP system will deliver a fairer system for smaller towns; redirecting money to attract more doctors to smaller towns that have genuine difficulty attracting and retaining doctors," Minister Nash said.

"It makes more sense to use that money to attract doctors to where the greatest shortages are - small rural and remote communities, not big regional cities.

"This means bigger incentive payments will go to doctors who choose to work in the areas of greatest need.

"We've taken money which was being used to attract doctors to cities like Cairns and Townsville and we're using it to get doctors to towns like Cowra and Cobram.

"For decades, Australia's small rural towns have struggled to attract enough doctors. This change is one way we're tackling that. As a proud rural Australian, I'm pleased to have been able to deliver this important reform."

The new GP rural incentive payment will not be available to doctors working in the 14 large regional cities with a population of more than 50,000.

The highest incentive paid to work in remote Australia will jump from $47,000 a year to $60,000 a year. In many cases, the maximum incentive to work in a town of less than 5000 in regional Australia will increase from $12,000 to $23,000.

Other changes include:
Doctors will be able to take leave from a rural practice for up to five years with no loss of incentive status on their return;

Four existing programs have been streamlined into a single GPRIP retention payment;

and doctors will need to stay in a rural or regional area longer - two years up from the current six months - before they receive the incentive.

Doctors in remote areas will receive incentive payments after a year.

The new incentive arrangements will start from 1 July 2015.

More information and the expert panel report are available on the Rural and Regional Health website.

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122 les.white@health.gov.au

Find below the list of towns that will receive higher incentives under the redesigned GPRIP

Town Names: A-B | C-D | E-K | L-M | N-S | T-Z

A-B

UCL (Town) Name
State
ERP (2013)
MMM
RA
AberdeenNew South Wales
1988
4
2
AdelongNew South Wales
1015
5
2
Aireys Inlet - FairhavenVictoria
1092
5
2
AlexandraVictoria
2404
5
2
Alice SpringsNorthern Territory
27632
6
4
AllinghamQueensland
1323
5
3
AlloraQueensland
1050
5
2
AlyangulaNorthern Territory
1149
7
5
AngastonSouth Australia
1982
5
2
Anna BayNew South Wales
3045
4
2
Apollo BayVictoria
1125
5
2
AraratVictoria
7045
4
2
ArdrossanSouth Australia
1269
5
3
ArrawarraNew South Wales
1549
5
2
AugustaWestern Australia
1125
5
2
AurukunQueensland
1398
7
5
BabindaQueensland
1190
5
3
BalaklavaSouth Australia
1922
5
2
BallanVictoria
2202
5
2
BalranaldNew South Wales
1259
5
3
BamagaQueensland
1164
7
5
BangalowNew South Wales
1735
4
2
BarcaldineQueensland
1381
7
5
BargoNew South Wales
3229
5
2
Barham - KoondrookNew South Wales
1148
5
3
BarmeraSouth Australia
2084
5
3
BaroogaNew South Wales
1513
4
2
BarrabaNew South Wales
1225
5
3
Basin ViewNew South Wales
1476
4
2
Batemans BayNew South Wales
11862
4
2
BatlowNew South Wales
1004
5
3
BeaconsfieldTasmania
1056
5
3
BeaudesertQueensland
5828
4
2
BeaufortVictoria
1091
5
2
Beauty PointTasmania
1272
5
3
BeechworthVictoria
2912
5
2
BegaNew South Wales
4379
5
3
BellingenNew South Wales
3178
5
3
BenallaVictoria
9382
4
2
BermaguiNew South Wales
1521
5
3
BerriSouth Australia
4087
5
3
BerridaleNew South Wales
1145
5
3
BingaraNew South Wales
1160
5
3
BlackallQueensland
1294
7
5
BlackwaterQueensland
5114
5
3
BlayneyNew South Wales
2998
5
2
Boat HarbourNew South Wales
1306
4
2
Boddington - RanfordWestern Australia
1276
5
2
BombalaNew South Wales
1222
5
3
BoonahQueensland
2635
5
2
BoorowaNew South Wales
1347
5
2
BordertownSouth Australia
2708
5
3
BorroloolaNorthern Territory
1085
7
5
BourkeNew South Wales
2135
7
5
BowravilleNew South Wales
1117
5
3
BraidwoodNew South Wales
1293
5
2
BrewarrinaNew South Wales
1057
7
5
BridgetownWestern Australia
1639
5
2
BridportTasmania
1325
5
3
BrightVictoria
2275
5
3
BroadfordVictoria
3599
5
2
BroomeWestern Australia
14741
6
4
Broulee - Mossy PointNew South Wales
2028
5
2
Brunswick HeadsNew South Wales
1587
5
2
BulahdelahNew South Wales
1221
5
2
BundanoonNew South Wales
2686
5
2
BundeenaNew South Wales
2096
5
2
BungendoreNew South Wales
3016
5
2
BunyipVictoria
1890
4
2
BuxtonNew South Wales
1696
5
2
Byron BayNew South Wales
5578
4
2

C-D

UCL (Town) Name
State
ERP (2013)
MMM
RA
Callala BayNew South Wales
3147
5
2
Camden HavenNew South Wales
7391
4
2
CamperdownVictoria
2940
5
2
CanowindraNew South Wales
1644
5
2
Cape WoolamaiVictoria
1668
5
2
CardwellQueensland
1318
6
4
CarnarvonWestern Australia
4850
6
4
CasinoNew South Wales
9949
4
2
CastertonVictoria
1434
5
3
CastlemaineVictoria
9371
4
2
CedunaSouth Australia
2461
7
5
CharlevilleQueensland
3453
7
5
CherbourgQueensland
1286
5
3
ChildersQueensland
1584
5
2
ChilternVictoria
1153
5
2
ChinchillaQueensland
5101
5
3
ClareSouth Australia
3403
5
3
ClermontQueensland
2462
6
4
CliftonQueensland
1261
5
2
CloncurryQueensland
2450
6
4
ClunesVictoria
1412
5
2
CobarNew South Wales
4085
6
4
CobdenVictoria
1554
5
2
CobramVictoria
5517
4
2
CohunaVictoria
1910
5
3
ColacVictoria
11674
4
2
CollieWestern Australia
7466
4
2
CollinsvilleQueensland
1577
6
4
CondobolinNew South Wales
2885
5
3
Coober PedySouth Australia
1664
7
5
CooktownQueensland
1734
6
4
CoolamonNew South Wales
1702
5
2
CoolgardieWestern Australia
1004
7
5
Cooloola VillageQueensland
2669
5
2
CoomaNew South Wales
6607
4
2
CoonabarabranNew South Wales
2615
5
3
CoonambleNew South Wales
2626
6
4
CootamundraNew South Wales
5818
4
2
CorakiNew South Wales
1308
5
2
Corindi BeachNew South Wales
1247
5
2
Corowa - WahgunyahNew South Wales
5622
4
2
CorryongVictoria
1113
5
3
CowesVictoria
4510
5
2
CowraNew South Wales
8405
4
2
Crescent HeadNew South Wales
1038
5
2
CrookwellNew South Wales
2202
5
2
Crows NestQueensland
1740
5
2
Crystal BrookSouth Australia
1355
5
3
Culburra Beach - Orient PointNew South Wales
3422
5
2
CulcairnNew South Wales
1229
5
2
CunnamullaQueensland
1225
7
5
DalbyQueensland
11728
4
2
DalmenyNew South Wales
1989
5
3
DampierWestern Australia
1411
6
4
Darlington PointNew South Wales
1157
5
3
Daylesford - Hepburn SpringsVictoria
3521
5
2
DeloraineTasmania
2393
5
3
DeniliquinNew South Wales
6687
4
2
DenmanNew South Wales
1592
5
2
DenmarkWestern Australia
2574
5
3
DerbyWestern Australia
3879
7
5
DimboolaVictoria
1386
5
3
DonaldVictoria
1319
5
3
DonnybrookWestern Australia
2502
5
2
DoomadgeeQueensland
1341
7
5
DorrigoNew South Wales
1090
5
3
DrouinVictoria
10380
4
2
DungogNew South Wales
2274
5
2
DysartQueensland
3116
5
3

E-K

UCL (Town) Name
State
ERP (2013)
MMM
RA
Echuca - MoamaVictoria
12924
4
2
Echuca - MoamaNew South Wales
4542
4
2
EdenNew South Wales
3182
5
3
Emu ParkQueensland
4215
5
2
EskQueensland
1334
5
2
EsperanceWestern Australia
10495
6
4
EuroaVictoria
2814
5
2
Evans HeadNew South Wales
2836
5
2
ExmouthWestern Australia
2375
7
5
Fingal BayNew South Wales
1590
4
2
FinleyNew South Wales
1985
5
2
Fitzroy CrossingWestern Australia
1364
7
5
Flying Fish CoveOther Territories
1434
7
5
FosterVictoria
1164
5
2
FredericktonNew South Wales
1112
4
2
FreelingSouth Australia
1626
5
2
GaliwinkuNorthern Territory
2517
7
5
GapuwiyakNorthern Territory
1038
7
5
GarfieldVictoria
1172
5
2
GattonQueensland
6542
4
2
GayndahQueensland
1703
5
3
George TownTasmania
4431
5
3
GilgandraNew South Wales
2775
5
3
GinginWestern Australia
1099
5
2
GlendenQueensland
1492
5
3
GleneagleQueensland
1183
4
2
GlenwoodQueensland
1278
5
2
GloucesterNew South Wales
2432
5
2
GrenfellNew South Wales
2062
5
3
GulgongNew South Wales
2166
5
3
GulmarradNew South Wales
1429
5
2
GunbalanyaNorthern Territory
1402
7
5
GundagaiNew South Wales
2007
5
2
GununaQueensland
1202
7
5
GuyraNew South Wales
2138
5
3
Halls CreekWestern Australia
1603
7
5
HamiltonVictoria
9257
4
2
Hamilton IslandQueensland
1303
7
5
Harden - MurrumburrahNew South Wales
2074
5
2
HarringtonNew South Wales
2453
5
2
HarveyWestern Australia
2879
5
2
Hawks NestNew South Wales
1240
5
2
HayNew South Wales
2315
5
3
Hay PointQueensland
1539
5
3
HeathcoteVictoria
1786
5
2
HerbertonQueensland
1073
5
3
HeyfieldVictoria
1465
5
2
HeywoodVictoria
1274
5
3
HillstonNew South Wales
1190
6
4
HolbrookNew South Wales
1386
5
2
Hope ValeQueensland
1064
6
4
HowlongNew South Wales
2455
5
2
HughendenQueensland
1171
7
5
HuonvilleTasmania
1894
5
3
IlukaNew South Wales
1775
5
2
Indented HeadVictoria
1031
5
2
InghamQueensland
4768
5
3
InverlochVictoria
4694
5
2
JabiruNorthern Territory
1328
6
4
JamestownSouth Australia
1435
5
3
JindabyneNew South Wales
1789
5
3
JuneeNew South Wales
4666
5
2
JurienWestern Australia
1321
5
3
KadinaSouth Australia
4723
5
3
KalbarriWestern Australia
1357
6
4
Kambalda WestWestern Australia
2023
5
3
KandosNew South Wales
1346
5
2
KapundaSouth Australia
2777
5
2
KarrathaWestern Australia
18941
6
4
KaruahNew South Wales
1150
5
2
KatanningWestern Australia
3961
5
3
KatherineNorthern Territory
7260
6
4
KeithSouth Australia
1062
5
3
KempseyNew South Wales
10802
4
2
Kensington Grove - Regency DownsQueensland
4465
5
2
KerangVictoria
3572
5
3
KilcoyQueensland
1934
5
2
KilmoreVictoria
6568
4
2
KingaroyQueensland
10311
4
2
KingscoteSouth Australia
1897
7
5
Kingston SESouth Australia
1735
5
3
KojonupWestern Australia
1170
5
3
KooralbynQueensland
1563
5
2
KorumburraVictoria
3488
5
2
KowanyamaQueensland
1115
7
5
KununurraWestern Australia
5082
6
4
KyabramVictoria
5801
4
2
KynetonVictoria
4707
5
2
KyogleNew South Wales
2953
5
2

L-M

UCL (Town) Name
State
ERP (2013)
MMM
RA
LaidleyQueensland
3603
5
2
Laidley HeightsQueensland
1258
5
2
Lake CargelligoNew South Wales
1230
6
4
LancefieldVictoria
1345
5
2
Lang LangVictoria
1143
5
2
Lemon Tree PassageNew South Wales
2685
5
2
LeongathaVictoria
5185
5
2
Lightning RidgeNew South Wales
1572
6
4
LithgowNew South Wales
11727
4
2
Long BeachNew South Wales
1427
4
2
LongreachQueensland
3201
7
5
LongwarryVictoria
1133
4
2
LorneVictoria
1065
5
2
LoxtonSouth Australia
3931
5
3
MacedonVictoria
2749
4
2
MacleanNew South Wales
2680
5
2
Macleay IslandQueensland
2694
5
2
MaffraVictoria
4356
5
2
MaitlandSouth Australia
1048
5
3
MalandaQueensland
1768
5
3
MaldonVictoria
1316
5
2
MalenyQueensland
2731
5
2
Malua BayNew South Wales
2192
4
2
ManillaNew South Wales
2288
5
3
ManingridaNorthern Territory
2740
7
5
ManjimupWestern Australia
4281
5
3
MannumSouth Australia
2323
5
2
MansfieldVictoria
3212
5
3
Margaret RiverWestern Australia
6091
4
2
MarianQueensland
2566
5
3
MaryboroughVictoria
7278
4
2
MerredinWestern Australia
2608
5
3
MerriwaNew South Wales
1054
5
3
MetungVictoria
1016
5
3
MiddlemountQueensland
2199
6
4
MilesQueensland
1267
5
3
MilingimbiNorthern Territory
1285
7
5
MillgroveVictoria
1613
5
2
MillicentSouth Australia
4794
5
3
MillmerranQueensland
1427
5
2
MiltonNew South Wales
1258
4
2
MiraniQueensland
1151
5
3
Mirboo NorthVictoria
1667
5
2
MitchellQueensland
1080
7
5
MolongNew South Wales
1886
5
2
MontoQueensland
1235
5
3
MoontaSouth Australia
3917
5
3
MooraWestern Australia
1686
5
3
MortlakeVictoria
1116
5
3
MoruyaNew South Wales
2619
5
2
MossmanQueensland
1865
5
3
Mount BarkerWestern Australia
2045
5
3
Mount Beauty - Tawonga SouthVictoria
1684
5
3
Mount IsaQueensland
22098
6
4
Mount MorganQueensland
2677
5
2
MouraQueensland
2020
5
3
MudgeeNew South Wales
10716
4
2
MullumbimbyNew South Wales
3395
5
2
MundubberaQueensland
1091
5
3
MurgonQueensland
2342
5
3
MurrumbatemanNew South Wales
1955
5
2
MuswellbrookNew South Wales
11759
4
2
MyrtlefordVictoria
2731
5
2

N-S

UCL (Town) Name
State
ERP (2013)
MMM
RA
NagambieVictoria
1617
5
2
NanangoQueensland
3813
5
2
NaracoorteSouth Australia
5235
5
3
NaroomaNew South Wales
2537
5
3
NarranderaNew South Wales
3982
5
3
NarroginWestern Australia
4430
5
3
NarromineNew South Wales
3957
5
3
NathaliaVictoria
1464
5
2
Nelly BayQueensland
1130
7
5
Nelson Bay - CorletteNew South Wales
11836
4
2
NewmanWestern Australia
6099
7
5
NgukurrNorthern Territory
1245
7
5
NhillVictoria
1840
5
3
NhulunbuyNorthern Territory
4436
7
5
NormantonQueensland
1308
7
5
NormanvilleSouth Australia
1382
5
2
NorthamWestern Australia
7435
4
2
NumurkahVictoria
3863
5
2
NuriootpaSouth Australia
5450
5
2
NynganNew South Wales
2177
6
4
OakeyQueensland
4627
5
2
OberonNew South Wales
2587
5
2
Ocean ShoresNew South Wales
4353
5
2
Old Erowal BayNew South Wales
1369
4
2
OrbostVictoria
2286
5
3
OuyenVictoria
1168
5
3
Palm IslandQueensland
2590
7
5
ParaburdooWestern Australia
1643
7
5
PaynesvilleVictoria
3339
5
3
PenolaSouth Australia
1360
5
3
PeterboroughSouth Australia
1549
5
3
PittsworthQueensland
3182
5
2
PlainlandQueensland
1138
5
2
Port Denison - DongaraWestern Australia
2959
5
3
Port Douglas - CraiglieQueensland
4281
5
3
Port FairyVictoria
2986
5
2
Port HedlandWestern Australia
15125
6
4
Port LincolnSouth Australia
14732
6
4
Port SorellTasmania
3164
5
3
PortarlingtonVictoria
3393
4
2
PortlandNew South Wales
1921
5
2
ProserpineQueensland
3807
5
3
QueenstownTasmania
2009
6
4
QuirindiNew South Wales
2730
5
3
QuornSouth Australia
1169
5
3
Rainbow BeachQueensland
1139
5
2
RenmarkSouth Australia
4529
5
3
RobeSouth Australia
1012
5
3
RobinvaleVictoria
2230
5
3
RochesterVictoria
2707
5
2
RomseyVictoria
3809
5
2
RosedaleVictoria
1192
5
2
Roxby DownsSouth Australia
5031
6
4
RushworthVictoria
1021
5
2
RutherglenVictoria
2145
4
2
Salamander Bay - Soldiers PointNew South Wales
5440
4
2
SaleVictoria
13119
4
2
San RemoVictoria
1113
5
2
SarinaQueensland
3814
5
3
SconeNew South Wales
5482
5
2
ScottsdaleTasmania
2032
5
3
SeymourVictoria
6005
4
2
SheffieldTasmania
1200
5
3
Shoal BayNew South Wales
1970
4
2
SingletonNew South Wales
14605
4
2
Smiths LakeNew South Wales
1169
5
2
SmithtonTasmania
3398
5
3
Smithtown - GladstoneNew South Wales
1065
5
3
South Golden BeachNew South Wales
2076
5
2
South West RocksNew South Wales
5085
5
3
St ArnaudVictoria
2225
5
3
St GeorgeQueensland
2800
6
4
St Georges Basin - Sanctuary PointNew South Wales
9837
4
2
St HelensTasmania
1606
5
3
St LeonardsVictoria
2172
5
2
StanthorpeQueensland
5142
5
3
StawellVictoria
5720
4
2
StratfordVictoria
1727
5
2
StrathalbynSouth Australia
5683
5
2
Streaky BaySouth Australia
1129
6
4
Suffolk ParkNew South Wales
3950
4
2
Sussex InletNew South Wales
3367
5
2

T-Z

UCL (Town) Name
State
ERP (2013)
MMM
RA
TahmoorNew South Wales
4347
5
2
Tailem BendSouth Australia
1474
5
2
Tanilba BayNew South Wales
4042
5
2
TanundaSouth Australia
4388
5
2
TathraNew South Wales
1603
5
3
Tea GardensNew South Wales
2232
5
2
TeesdaleVictoria
1613
5
2
TemoraNew South Wales
4059
5
3
Tennant CreekNorthern Territory
3619
7
5
TenterfieldNew South Wales
3190
5
3
TerangVictoria
1936
5
2
ThirlmereNew South Wales
3016
5
2
Thursday IslandQueensland
2891
7
5
TieriQueensland
1755
6
4
Tin Can BayQueensland
2100
5
2
TocumwalNew South Wales
2306
5
2
Tom PriceWestern Australia
3437
7
5
TongalaVictoria
1252
5
2
ToodyayWestern Australia
1045
5
2
ToogoolawahQueensland
1036
5
2
TullyQueensland
2341
5
3
TumbarumbaNew South Wales
1604
5
3
Tumby BaySouth Australia
1591
6
4
TumutNew South Wales
6350
4
2
Tuross HeadNew South Wales
2255
5
3
Two RocksWestern Australia
2609
5
2
UlladullaNew South Wales
12824
4
2
UrallaNew South Wales
2600
5
3
UrungaNew South Wales
2517
5
3
VincentiaNew South Wales
3029
4
2
WadeyeNorthern Territory
2540
7
5
WaginWestern Australia
1491
5
3
WaikerieSouth Australia
1754
5
3
WalchaNew South Wales
1550
5
3
WalgettNew South Wales
1717
6
4
WallarooSouth Australia
3319
5
3
WallerawangNew South Wales
2009
5
2
WarburtonVictoria
2056
5
2
WarialdaNew South Wales
1186
5
3
WaroonaWestern Australia
2357
5
2
WarracknabealVictoria
2322
5
3
WarragulVictoria
13599
4
2
WarrenNew South Wales
1631
5
3
WarwickQueensland
14236
4
2
Wee WaaNew South Wales
1889
5
3
WeipaQueensland
3795
7
5
WellingtonNew South Wales
4800
5
3
WentworthNew South Wales
1386
5
3
Werris CreekNew South Wales
1516
5
2
West WyalongNew South Wales
2750
5
3
WestburyTasmania
1559
5
3
WickhamWestern Australia
1964
6
4
WiltonNew South Wales
1056
5
2
WinchelseaVictoria
1630
5
2
WondaiQueensland
1815
5
3
Wongaling BeachQueensland
1193
5
3
WonthaggiVictoria
7640
4
2
WoodendVictoria
3574
5
2
WoolgoolgaNew South Wales
5051
5
2
WundowieWestern Australia
1066
5
2
WurrumiyangaNorthern Territory
1833
7
5
YambaNew South Wales
6255
4
2
YarrabahQueensland
2681
5
3
YarragonVictoria
1045
5
2
YarramVictoria
1781
5
2
Yarrawonga - MulwalaNew South Wales
1976
4
2
Yarrawonga - MulwalaVictoria
7169
4
2
YassNew South Wales
5958
4
2
YeaVictoria
1169
5
2
YorkWestern Australia
2580
5
2
YoungNew South Wales
7317
4
2
YularaNorthern Territory
1047
7
5
YungaburraQueensland
1101
5
3

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