Rural Health Workforce Australia is the peak body for the state and territory Rural Workforce Agencies. Our not-for-profit Network attracts, recruits and supports health professionals for rural and remote communities.

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Rural Locum Relief Program

The Rural Locum Relief Program allows doctors who are permanent residents or Australian citizens to access a Medicare provider number to work in rural and remote areas while they are working towards GP Fellowship.

It particularly applies to Overseas Trained Doctors who have not yet attained Fellowship from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

The program enables Overseas Trained Doctors and Australian Trained Doctors without Fellowship to provide General Practitioner services in rural and remote areas for which Medicare rebates are available.

For further details, including eligibility criteria, contact one of the State or Territory Rural Workforce Agencies. You can also refer to the program guidelines below.