More Doctors for Rural Australia Program

The More Doctors for Rural Australia Program. MDRAP is a new 3GA program that enables doctors who are non-vocationally registered to work in rural and remote regions of Australia and to access Medicare.

This program is taking over from SAPP and RLRP. The Department of Health has confirmed closure of these programs to new applicants in 2019.

The program is part of the Stronger rural health strategy

There are a roles advertised throughout Australia for rural and remote locations that are eligible for More Doctors for Rural Australia Program placement advertised on MedHire.

MDRAP commenced on 29 April 2019 and is administered by the Rural Workforce Agencies in each state and the Northern Territory.

The program is open to Australian citizens and residents, and International Medical Graduates (IMGs) – including permanent and temporary residents – who meet the guidelines for the program.

You can review the guidelines by referring to the links below for the various States throughout Australia for the Administers of the program.

To apply for MDRAP you will need to contact the Rural Workforce Agency in your State of Territory. The links can be found below: 

Please note: There is no requirement for doctors on existing programs, including the Rural Locum Relief Program (RLRP), to move to MDRAP and they may continue on their respective programs until the end of the placement. Any existing placements on OMPs programs will continue until 30 June 2023. The OMPs programs have now closed to new applicants.

Am I eligible for MDRAP?

To be eligible for MDRAP doctors must:

  • hold a current registration with the Medical Board of Australia;
  • have an offer of employment; and
  • have the necessary skills and experience to perform the role.

A doctor’s previous 3GA placement history will be considered when assessing MDRAP applications.

Where can I practice?

Eligible locations for an MDRAP placement are:

  • in a DPA, previously known as a District of Workforce Shortage (DWS); and
  • in an area classified as Modified Monash Model (MMM) 2–7.

Doctors who work at a practice classified as an Aboriginal Medical Service or that hold an exemption under s19 (2) or s19 (5) of the Health Insurance Act 1973 are also eligible for a MDRAP placement.

What will I have to do?

The MDRAP supports doctors working towards joining a college Fellowship Program; doctors participating in the More Doctors for Rural Australia Program must make a minimum of one application to a Fellowship Program each year.

Doctors who participate in the More Doctors for Rural Australia Program must complete foundation general practice training modules provided by either the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine within 6 months of commencing on the MDRAP.

Doctors who participate in the MDRAP for a year must ensure at least half of the annual professional development required by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHRPA) is relevant to general practice.