More Doctors for Rural Australia Program (MDRAP)

MDRAP is a new 3GA health workforce program designed to bring more doctors to rural and remote communities throughout Australia. Non-vocationally recognised (non-VR) doctors participating in the MDRAP will be able to access a Medicare benefit while working towards entry to a college Fellowship Program.

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 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 can I claim?

Doctors on the MDRAP will be able to access items from group A7 of the Medicare Benefits Schedule. These items are set at 80% of the equivalent general practice items.

How long can I be on the MDRAP?

An initial MDRAP placement is for 2 years. Doctors can seek extensions for a period up to 4 years total in some circumstances.

What will I have to do?

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


Doctors who participate in the MDRAP 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.

Will I have to be supervised?

The MDRAP provides a supervision framework for doctors who have less than 6 months general practice experience. The supervision requirements vary depending on the category of the doctor. Information about supervision is available in the MDRAP Guidelines.

What are the GP College Fellowship Programs

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) offer two Fellowship Programs with multiple training streams. Further information is available in the GP Fellowship Programs factsheet, and on the two GP college websites:

How do I apply?

To apply for the MDRAP contact the Rural Workforce Agency in you state or territory

Links to RWAs

NSW Rural Doctors Network

Northern Territory PHN

Health Workforce Queensland

Rural Doctors Workforce Agency (South Australia)

HR+ (Tasmania)

Rural Workforce Agency Victoria

Rural Health West – Western Australia

Program Guidelines

Word version: More Doctors for Rural Australia Program Guidelines (Word 1088 KB)
PDF version: More Doctors for Rural Australia Program Guidelines (PDF 166 KB)

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