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Rural Procedural
Grants Program (RPGP)

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About RPGP

The Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP) provides financial assistance to GPs who provide procedural and/or emergency medicine services in unsupervised settings in rural and remote areas. This government funding supports GPs with access to relevant educational activities to maintain or update their procedural and/or emergency medicine skills.

If you provide unsupervised anaesthetics, obstetrics, surgery and/or emergency medicine, you may be eligible for the Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP) to help maintain and update your skills. If you practise emergency mental health services as part of your emergency work you may be eligible for an additional 3 days of training.

Procedural


Procedural

Procedural GPs practising in surgery, anaesthetics and/or obstetrics in a rural hospital, within a team environment and on a regular roster.

Grant

  • $2,000 per day for up to 10 days of face-to-face training per financial year.
  • $1,000 per day for up to 10 days of online training until 30 June 2021.
Emergency


Emergency

GPs practising emergency medicine (including mental health services) in a rural hospital or an appropriately equipped health service on a regular roster.

Grant

  • $2,000 per day for up to 3 days of face-to-face training per financial year.
  • $1,000 per day for up to 3 days of online training until 30 June 2021.
  • Additional 3 days per financial year for emergency mental health training.

Participants must be registered in the program prior to attending an activity they wish to claim.

You cannot register with both the RACGP and ACRRM. You can only be registered with one college at a time.

 

Rural Procedural Grants Guidelines

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Temporary changes

COVID-19 support – online training

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Government, in collaboration with the GP Colleges, has put in place a number of revised eligibility arrangements for the RPGP to support GPs during this unprecedented time. This includes the ability to claim for online education for a limited time.

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How to register

Complete the registration form and provide documentation indicating you are a current unsupervised provider of anaesthetic, obstetric, surgical and/or emergency medicine in a hospital or other appropriately equipped facility.

You do not need to be an RACGP member to apply for the RPGP.

You cannot register with both the RACGP and ACRRM. You can only be registered with one college at a time.

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How to claim

Complete the claim form and submit the appropriate supporting evidence.

Please note that claims with insufficient evidence will be returned to the claimant and this may delay payments.

Make a claim

Types of claims

Eligible training programs must be for upskilling and skills maintenance. There are three types of activities that can be claimed:

Educational activity

The activity must include a minimum of 6 hours of face-to-face learning (excluding breaks) related to the component/s that you are registered in, and can include courses, conferences, seminars, meetings and workshops.

Clinical attachment

A supervised clinical attachment must be a minimum of 6 hours in a clinical or a hospital setting. The aim should be to either learn new specific skills or update your specific skills and knowledge.
 

COVID-19 online claims

Online activities must be for a minimum of 4 hours related to the component/s that you are registered in, be interactive, include an assessment component and include a certificate of completion.
 

You are encouraged to contact the RACGP prior to registering for educational activities to confirm they are eligible for grant support. Call 1800 636 764 or email rural.procedural.grants@racgp.org.au

FAQs

FAQs

Find the answers to frequently asked questions, or contact the team at RACGP Rural for more information.


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Latest news

Latest news

Keep up-to-date with the latest Rural Procedural Grants program updates in our bi-monthly newsletter and more.


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Changes

2021 changes

Further changes will be made to the program from 1 January 2021. Read about the changes coming.


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Contact the RACGP Rural Procedural Grants Team

1800 636 764 |   rural.procedural.grants@racgp.org.au