About the OMPs programs

The OMPs programs provide access to higher Medicare rebates for non-vocationally recognised doctors who deliver services in approved locations. The 4 OMPs programs are the:

The OMPs programs closed to new entrants on 1 January 2019, as part of the Stronger Rural Health Strategy. We are not accepting new applications.

Existing participants can move practice and transfer between OMPs programs, as long as they continue to meet the program requirements. The programs will close to all remaining participants on 30 June 2023.

The June 2023 deadline gives you time to attain fellowship with either the:

After Hours Other Medical Practitioners program

The AHOMPs program applies to non-vocationally recognised doctors who:

  • provide after-hours GP services through an accredited general practice or medical deputising service
  • attain fellowship within 6 years of registering in the AHOMPs program.

See the AHOMPs:

Rural Other Medical Practitioners program

The ROMPs program applies to non-vocationally recognised doctors who deliver general practitioner (GP) services in locations:

See the ROMPs:

Outer Metropolitan Other Medical Practitioners program

The OMOMPs program applies to non-vocationally recognised doctors who:

  • provide GP services in an outer metropolitan area
  • were registered with a medical board before 1 November 1996
  • are enrolled in a pathway to fellowship.

See the OMOMPs:

Medicare Plus for Other Medical Practitioners Program

The MOMPs applies to non-vocationally recognised doctors who:

You must complete 20 ‘active quarters’ in a DWS before 30 June 2023 (5 years in total). An active quarter is a defined quarter of the year where Medicare billing equals at least $10,000.

Once Services Australia notifies you in writing that you have completed this requirement, you will continue to have access to Medicare benefits at the higher rate indefinitely.

See the MOMPs:

Contacts

Contact Services Australia on 132 150 for application status, payments, eligibility or location eligibility.

Other Medical Practitioners programs contact

Contact us for program guidelines and policy enquiries about the After Hours Other Medical Practitioners (AHOMPs), Rural Other Medical Practitioner (ROMPs), Outer Metropolitan Other Medical Practitioners (OMOMPs) and Medicare Plus for Other Medical Practitioners (MOMPs) programs.

OMPs [at] health.gov.au

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Last updated: 
23 November 2021