About the initiative
The scheme offers incentives to Overseas Trained Doctors (OTDs) and foreign graduates of an accredited medical school who are subject to the section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973 (the Act) to work in areas of greatest need including:
- gives them valuable general practice experience in a rural setting
- reduces the time they must work in or Distribution Priority Area (DPA) and the Distribution Working Group (DWG) under their 10-year moratorium.
Why it is important
OTDs play an important role in helping to meet the healthcare needs of Australians, especially in rural and remote areas.
The program’s goals are to:
- increase the supply of appropriately qualified OTDs in rural and remote Australia
- enhance the professional development, skills and knowledge of OTDs in Australia
- maintain the number of general practitioners in rural and remote communities.
Meeting our goals
The scheme provides incentives to OTDs to work in locations that:
- are in an area classified as rural or remote
- are considered a DPA or a DWS.
To be eligible for the scheme, OTDs must:
- have recognised general practice training and qualifications
- provide evidence they are working towards Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and will be assessed within 2 years of commencing on the scheme
- hold or obtain appropriate registration with the Medical Board of Australia
- hold or intend to gain permanent residency or Australian citizenship
- provide at least 7 sessions a week as part of their placement.
Who we work with
Rural Workforce Agencies manage the scheme.
If you are an overseas trained doctor interested in participating in the scheme, contact the relevant RWA for more information.