As part of the Stronger Rural Health Strategy reforms announced in the 2018 Budget, the OMPs programs will cease to new entrants on 1 January 2019. Applications will be accepted up to midnight on 31 December 2018.
Grandfathering arrangements will be available to OMPs program participants until 30 June 2023, subject to continued compliance with program guidelines. The Department will contact OMPs program participants with further details about the grandfathering arrangement.
Grandfathering is intended to provide a grace period during which affected doctors can fulfil their commitment to obtain Fellowship. A non-VR Fellowship Support program is being provided through both the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM). For more information on the support available, please contact the RACGP at email@example.com or the ACRRM at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These changes are associated with reforms to the Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) item fee arrangements for non-VR doctors. For information about how the new differential (tiered) fee structure affects claiming by OMPs program participants, please see the Stronger Rural Health Strategy: Medicare Benefits Schedule updates—Q&As or email the Department at Access.Programs@health.gov.au.
Australian Privacy Principle 5 Notification
The Australian Department of Health is collecting personal information about you for the purpose of considering your request to participate/request for an extension of time to comply with the requirements of the Other Medical Practitioners Programs. The Department of Health can be contacted by telephone on (02) 6289 1555 or freecall 1800 020 103 or by using the online enquiries form at Health.
If you do not provide some of the personal information requested, the Department may not be able to consider your application to participate/ your request for an extension of time.
The Department will disclose information to the Department of Human Services to enable continued access to the higher A1 Medicare rebate if an extension is granted.
- how you may access the personal information the Department holds about you and how you can seek correction of it; and
- how you may complain about a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles
The Department is unlikely to disclose your personal information to overseas recipients.
Contact for more information
If you require further information about the OMPs Programs please contact the Department by emailing OMPS@health.gov.au
Page last reviewed: 26 October 2018
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