Our work related to medical doctors and specialists

A list of our initiatives, programs, campaigns, reforms or reviews related to medical doctors and specialists.

Our related work

Approved Private Emergency Department (APED) Program

Through the APED Program, advanced specialist trainees doing their emergency medicine training can work under supervision in a private hospital for 12 months and access relevant Medicare items. This helps increase the number of emergency medicine specialists in Australia.

Exceptional Claims Scheme (ECS)

The ECS helps doctors in private practice with the cost of claims that exceed their indemnity cover. It also provides legacy cover for some allied health professionals. Find out more about who is eligible and how this scheme works.

Flexible Approach to Training in Expanded Settings (FATES)

The Flexible Approach to Training in Expanded Settings (FATES) program funds non-general practitioner specialist medical training approaches. It aims to broaden the skills of the specialist workforce, bring more specialists to regional areas, and ensure all Australians can access high-quality care.

HELP for Rural Doctors and Nurse Practitioners

This initiative reduces outstanding Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt for eligible doctors and nurse practitioners who live and work in rural, remote or very remote areas of Australia.

High Cost Claims Scheme (HCCS)

The HCCS helps medical indemnity insurers with the cost of large claims against doctors, allied health professionals and midwives.

John Flynn Prevocational Doctor Program 

As part of the 2021-22 Budget, the Australian Government announced the new John Flynn Prevocational Doctor Program. This program will better streamline and coordinate medical training in regions and fund new rural primary care rotations to boost training capacity for the next generation of doctors.

Junior Doctor Training Program

The Junior Doctor Training Program (JDTP) supports education and supervision for junior doctors in rural primary health care settings and private hospitals. This helps provide a continued supply of doctors to deliver health services across Australia. It is part of our Stronger Rural Health Strategy.

More Doctors for Rural Australia Program (MDRAP)

This program has closed to new applicants. The program provided support and training towards joining a college fellowship for doctors who are temporary or permanent residents of Australia and not vocationally recognised.

National Medical Workforce Strategy 2021–2031

We have developed this 10-year strategy to guide long-term medical workforce planning across Australia. It will improve access to health care by supporting the right people to have the right skills, where we need them most.

Other Medical Practitioners programs

The Other Medical Practitioner (OMPs) programs provide access to higher Medicare rebates for doctors without fellowship who deliver services in approved locations and meet eligibility requirements.

Pre-Fellowship Program (PFP)

This program helps non-vocationally recognised doctors gain valuable general practice experience in Distribution Priority Areas before they join a general practitioner (GP) College-led Fellowship pathway.

Premium Support Scheme (PSS)

The PSS helps doctors with the cost of their medical indemnity insurance premiums. Find out who is eligible, how this scheme works and how to apply.

Royal Flying Doctor Service program

We have funded the Royal Flying Doctor Service program since the 1930s. It provides emergency aeromedical evacuation services, medical consultations and supplies, and dental and mental health outreach services to rural and remote Australia. This program is part of the Stronger Rural Health Strategy.

Run-Off Cover Scheme (ROCS)

ROCS provides run-off cover to doctors who have stopped private practice. Find out how this scheme works and who is eligible.

Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP)

The RPGP helps cover the cost of professional development for procedural general practitioners (GPs) who work in rural and remote areas. This ensures people who live in rural and remote areas have access to highly qualified health professionals.

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.

Specialist Training Program

The Specialist Training Program supports training positions in regional, rural and remote areas, and in private facilities. This helps to improve the skills and distribution of the specialist workforce by giving participants experience of a broader range of healthcare settings.

Streamlining General Practice Training

This initiative simplifies training pathways and helps doctors to gain fellowship of one of Australia’s 2 general practice colleges. It distributes training places to ensure a continued supply of skilled doctors in rural and remote areas. It is part of the Stronger Rural Health Strategy.

Supporting quality in GP pathology requesting

This initiative gives general practitioners (GPs) an opportunity to self-assess their pathology referral process using data relevant to them. It supports quality use of pathology requests, or other alternatives if they are a better choice.

Supporting Rural Specialists in Australia

The Supporting Rural Specialists in Australia program helps specialists in rural and remote Australia access educational opportunities. It provides support and training via online learning programs, and grants to rural specialists to access training not available in their home town.
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