Special Approved Placements Program (SAPP)

The Special Approved Placements Program (SAPP) provides access to Medicare rebates for doctors without fellowship who have to work in metropolitan areas due to exceptional circumstances. The program has closed to new entrants.

About the program

The SAPP has closed to new entrants as part of the Stronger Rural Health Strategy. We will not consider new applications.

For existing participants, SAPP provides access to Medicare rebates to non-vocationally recognised doctors who must work in metropolitan areas and can continue to demonstrate exceptional circumstances.

Current participants can continue their placement until their nominated end date.

We may consider extension applications based on individual circumstances, up to the maximum time on the program for their existing placement category.

Approved training or workforce programs

Under section 19AA of the Health Insurance Act 1973, non-vocationally recognised doctors can access Medicare benefits if they are on an approved training or workforce program. These are:


Section 19AA contact

Contact us for information about section 19AA of the Health Insurance Act 1973, its requirements, and programs for doctors who are non-vocationally recognised.
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