These programs will cease on 30 June 2023
The closure of the OMPs programs was announced in 2018 as part of the Stronger Rural Health Strategy. We are not accepting new applications.
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:
- After Hours Other Medical Practitioners (AHOMPs)
- Rural Other Medical Practitioner (ROMPs)
- Outer Metropolitan Other Medical Practitioners (OMOMPs)
- Medicare Plus for Other Medical Practitioners (MOMPs).
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:
- Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
- Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
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:
- in categories 4 to 7 of the Rural, Remote Metropolitan Area (RRMA) classifications
- in approved category 3 RRMA locations with significant medical workforce shortages.
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:
- deliver GP services in a District of Workforce Shortage (DWS)
- were registered with a medical board before 1 November 1996.
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:
Contact Services Australia on 132 150 for application status, payments, eligibility or location eligibility.