Other Medical Practitioners (OMPs) programs

The ‘Other Medical Practitioner’ (OMPs) programs listed below* are workforce programs that were designed to provide access to higher Medicare rebates for non-vocationally recognised doctors who provided services in approved locations and met other eligibility criteria specific to the particular program.

Page last updated: 11 December 2018

The OMPs programs ceased to new entrants on 1 January 2019. Existing OMPs program participants will be grandfathered until 30 June 2023 as long as they continue to meet program requirements. Eligible OMPs participants can transfer between programs if they meet the program requirements up to 30 June 2023. Grandfathering is intended to allow time for doctors to attain general practice Fellowship. Doctors who do not become Fellows or join a College training program will not be able to continue to access the higher Medicare rebates after 30 June 2023.

Rural Other Medical Practitioners Program (ROMPs)

The ROMPs Program extends higher Medicare rebates to eligible non-vocationally recognised doctors, who provide GP services in designated rural and remote areas of Australia. Eligible ROMPs locations are:

  • classified as 4-7 under the Rural, Remote Metropolitan Area (RRMA) classifications;
  • defined as an ‘Area of Consideration’; or
  • in an approved RRMA 3 locations which have significant medical workforce shortages.

Doctors who participate in the ROMPS must express an interest in undertaking a pathway to Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

More information can be viewed on the Rural Other Medical Practitioners (ROMPs) Program web page

After Hours Other Medical Practitioners (AHOMPs)

The AHOMPs Program extends higher Medicare rebates to eligible non-vocationally recognised doctors, who provide GP services in the after-hours period. Doctors participating in the AHOMPs must:

  • provide after-hours general practice services through an accredited general practice or an accredited MDS; and
  • commit to undertaking assessments and attaining the FRACGP or FACRRM qualification within six years of registration on the AHOMPs Program.

More information can be viewed on the After Hours Other Medical Practitioners (AHOMPs) Program web page

Medicare Plus for Other Medical Practitioners Program (MOMPs)

The MOMPs Program extends higher Medicare rebates to eligible non-vocationally recognised doctors, who provide GP services in a District of Workforce Shortage.

Only doctors registered with a medical board before 1 November 1996 are eligible to participate in the MOMPs program.

Doctors who meet the minimum monthly service requirements over a 5 year period will continue to access Medicare benefits at the higher rate indefinitely.

More information can be viewed on the MedicarePlus for Other Medical Practitioners (MOMPs) Program web page

Outer Metropolitan Other Medical Practitioners (OMOMPS) Program

The OMOMPS Program extends higher Medicare rebates to eligible non-vocationally recognised doctors, who provide GP services in an Outer Metropolitan. Only doctors registered with a medical board before 1 November 1996 are eligible to participate in the MOMPs program.

Doctors who participate in the OMOMPs program must be enrolled in a pathway to Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

More information can be viewed on the Outer Metropolitan Other Medical Practitioners (OMOMPs) Program web page


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