Outer Metropolitan Other Medical Practitioners (OMPs) Relocation Program - Retention Component

The Outer Metropolitan OMPs (OMOMPS) Relocation Program Retention Component was established to encourage eligible non-vocationally recognised (non-VR) doctors to remain in an outer metropolitan area by granting them access to higher Medicare rebates.

Page last updated: 25 June 2018

As part of the Stronger Rural Health Strategy reforms announced in the 2018 Budget, the OMPs programs will cease to new entrants on 1 November 2018. Applications will be accepted up to midnight on 31 October 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 will be 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 pathwayadmin@racgp.org.au or the ACRRM at acrrm@acrrm.org.au.

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.

Program Guidelines

Word version: Outer Metropolitan Other Medical Practitioners Relocation Program Guidelines (Word 505 KB)
PDF version: Outer Metropolitan Other Medical Practitioners Relocation Program Guidelines (PDF 114 KB)

Application Form

Word version: Outer Metropolitan Other Medical Practitioners Relocation Program Application Form (Word 526 KB)
PDF version: Outer Metropolitan Other Medical Practitioners Relocation Program Application Form (PDF 69 KB)

Contact for more information

For enquiries relating to program guidelines and application forms, please contact the Department by emailing OMPS@health.gov.au

For enquiries relating to the status of your application, payments, eligibility or whether a particular location is eligible for the Program, contact the Department of Human Services - Medicare on 132 150.

This program will be affected by the measures announced in the 2018-19 Budget.

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