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Rural Programs

Grant approved training

The training must

a) involve a minimum of 6 hours of F2F learning or equivalent. This can be undertaken in a block or spread out over 2 or more days.

b) be relevant to the discipline pertaining to the specific type of grant :

  • anaesthetics or emergency/radiological aspects of anaesthetics for procedural grants in anaesthetics
  • obstetrics and gynaecology and emergency /radiological aspects of O&G for procedural grants in obstetrics
  • surgery (wide range of surgical procedures and emergency / radiological aspects of surgery for procedural grants in surgery
  • emergency medicine (any skills required when working in an ED whether they be physical or psychiatric, diagnostic or therapeutic)  for emergency medicine grants

c) ensure 6 hour blocks of training are completed in one financial year For example, if the activity involves 2x 3 hour sessions, both sessions need to be held in the same financial year. A daily grant of $2,000 can't be split across 2 financial years

Within the framework of the above criteria, non-procedural aspects of obstetrics & gynaecology (women's health), anaesthetics, emergency medicine and surgery can be included in grant approved training. For example, management of post natal depression and menopause can be included in grant approved obstetric training. Patient safety and risk management in emergency medicine can be included in grant approved EM training and dermoscopy and non-surgical options for management of skin cancer can be included in grant approved surgical training.

A wide range of training can qualify for a grant, including conferences, seminars, workshops, Small Group Learning activities and supervised clinical attachments.

Claiming for a grant

When you are registered in the program and have attended grant approved training, you can access a grant by following the steps below: 

Training Course

Complete and sign the claims form

Forward your certificate of attendance and program of the activity (including session times and content) and claim form to rural.procedural.grants@racgp.org.au.

Clinical attachment

Complete and sign the claims form
Complete the Supervised Clinical attachment form and ensure it is signed off by your supervisor. 

Forward both forms to rural.procedural.grants@racgp.org.au.

Keeping A Record

How will you know how much of a program funding you have used, and how much you have left? This is also simple. After each electronic funds transmission (EFT) to your nominated bank account, Medicare Australia will send you a statement indicating the transmission details, and how much of your annual allocation you have used to date, and how much you have left. 

Data on your claims already made in the current financial year. 
If you want to check previous RPGP claims to determine your remaining grant allocation, then you can use the Department of Human Services' HPOS system. To use the system you need to create a PRODA account on the DHS website: ​w​w​w​.​h​u​m​a​n​s​e​r​v​i​c​e​s​.​g​o​v​.​a​u​/​h​e​a​l​t​h​-​p​r​o​f​e​s​s​i​o​n​als/services/medicare/proda
Human Services will then allocate you a 10 digit number to log into the HPOS system. More information is available on the Department of Human Services website, www.humanservices.gov.au.

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