Medical Training Review Panel: sixteenth report

3GA Providers

Page last updated: 09 April 2013

Table 6.1 summarises the number of providers, as a headcount, on workforce programs and some specialised training programs under section 3GA of the Act from 2004-05 to 2011-12. Providers are identified where they have rendered a service on a fee-for-service basis for which claims were processed by Medicare Australia. Those only providing services to public patients in hospitals and through other publicly funded programs within the specified periods are not covered.

Further information on each of the programs is provided below.

Table 6.1: Providers on approved 3GA program placements(a), 2004-05 to 2011-12

(a) Providers have claimed through Medicare for at least one service on a valid date for the program in question.
(b) Statistics for 2007-08 had regard to claims processed up to the end of September. Statistics for all other financial years had regard to claims processed up to the end of October.
(c) The Temporary Resident Other Medical Practitioners Program (198) and the Approved Placements for Sports Physicians Program (187) were not location specific. All other programs were location specific.
(d) The number of providers registered against the Temporary Resident Other Medical Practitioners Program who provided at least one service during 2010-11 has been revised from 93 as in the MTRP 15th report to 109.
(e) Based on advice from Medicare Australia, providers on Approved Placements for Sports Physicians Program (187) were only counted if they had an end date of 30 June 2011. Also Medicare Australia used code 187 for 3GA and non-3GA providers.

Source: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing administrative data

Program2004-052005-062006-072007-08(b)2008-092009-102010-112011-12
194 – Approved Medical Deputising Services Program
108
141
165
206
215
272
363
446
197 – Approved Private Emergency Department Program
8
6
19
14
18
21
15
34
187 – Approved Placements for Sports Physicians Program (discontinuedc, e)
8
8
7
8
14
13
13
-
414 – Sports Physician Trainees
-
16
22
21
27
21
29
28
617 – Metropolitan Workforce Support Program (discontinued)
8
8
4
1
-
-
-
-
178 – Prevocational General Practice Placements Program
21
56
81
134
182
238
400
647
177 – Queensland Country Relieving Doctors Program
161
260
301
293
340
368
354
403
190 – Rural Locum Relief Program
660
554
551
583
657
767
890
999
179 – Special Approved Placements Program
7
13
14
37
49
90
159
217
198 – Temporary Resident Other Medical Practitioners Program(c, d)
70
84
98
106
105
109
109
119
176 – Remote Vocational Training Scheme
10
10
13
16
26
30
36
40