No, they can be based in any geographic location, including urban settings. They do need to be able to show, however, that they deliver locums in MMM3-7 locations in order to be eligible for registration.
Rural locums must obtain clinical privileges in at least one hospital/local health service in the region they are providing the locum services to be eligible for the program.
Rural locums will be deemed eligible for the program if they are VR GPs, have already obtained the relevant emergency medicine skills and undertake a minimum of 28 days of locum work per financial year within MMM 3-7 locations.
The period of locum work needs to be undertaken prior to lodging a claim for payment for eligible training under the program. Training can occur at any time during the relevant financial year, including prior to the completion of the period of locum work.