Approved Medical Deputising Service

What is the AMDS Program?

The Approved Medical Deputising Services (AMDS) Program offers non-VR General Practitioners the opportunity to meet their 19AA restriction whilst working as an after hours General Practitioner. However, AMDS is not an approved Fellowship Training Program so from 2022, you will be unable to sit for your Fellowship unless you are also on a training program.. 

Why is it important?

The AMDS Program allows general practitioners to provide care to patients in the after-hours period. Approved doctors are able to access limited Medicare rebates for providing primary care to patients in their home, or in aged care facilities. 

Am I Eligible?

To participate on the AMDS Program, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • Be a non-VR doctor 
  • Hold limited*, provisional*, or general medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia
  • Hold a current Level 1 Advanced Life Support (ALS) Course Certificate
  • Have at least two years of post-graduate experience, including paediatrics, accident and emergency, and medicine and surgery.

*Limited and provisional registrants can provide in-clinic services only, unless approved by the

Medical Board of Australia to provide services in the home or in a Residential

Aged Care Facility.

How long can I be on the program for?

You will be given an initial placement period of 2 years. Extensions beyond this time are assessed on an annual basis, and are only granted if you are participating on a college-led Fellowship pathway, with a maximum participation of 10 years in total.

How do I apply?

You will need to contact an AMDS Service Provider to discuss employment opportunities, and submit a completed application form to your chosen service.

Service Providers are responsible for assessing your application against the program requirements, and applying to the Department of Health on your behalf. The Department of Health will make the final decision on your eligibility, and will advise your service provider of the outcome.

What is an approved medical deputising service

A fully accredited medical deputising service (MDS) that has been in operation for more than twelve months can apply to join the AMDS Program.

Services must be governed by a Medical Director, be a stand-alone service, operate a clinical triage protocol against the program guidelines, and operate for the entire after-hours period. Please be aware that not all practices operating in the after hours are accredited AMDS services, so it is important to double check this.


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