Can I be on two 3GA programs at once?


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Can I be on two 3GA programs at once?  


The Short Answer… 

Yes…depending on which 3GA programs you wish to mix and their requirements. 


More Information? 

We get a lot of doctors asking whether if they’re currently on a 3GA program (such as AMDS) whether they are able to be on another 3GA program.  


Here is a summary of the 3GA programs and who they can and can’t be mixed with.  


Special Approved Placements Program (SAPP) 

We’re starting with this one, because SAPP doesn’t mix with any other 3GA program. If you’re on SAPP, you can’t apply for another program and if you’re already approved on another 3GA program then you won’t be approved on SAPP.  


Rural Locum Relief Program (RLRP) 

RLRP will mix with all 3GA programs (except for SAPP). It is written specifically in their guidelines that ‘Medical Practitioners working under a 3GA placements through another 3GA program are eligible to apply through the RLRP at the same time. They use AGPT as a good example.  


Australian General Practice Training (AGPT 

Applicants are allowed to be on an additional training programs providing it has been approved prior to commencing AGPT training, is a part of the learning plan & doesn’t compromise the training position. It may not be through RVTS or ACRRM Independent Pathway.  


Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS)  

This program doesn’t specify whether it will work in conjuncton to another program however does specify that you will not work on RVTS in addition to AGPT or ACRRM Independent Pathway.   


After Hours Medical Deputising (AMDS)  

There is nothing in the guidelines approving or denying the ability to work under multiple 3GA programs.  


ACRRM Independent Pathway  

There is nothing in the guidelines approving or denying the ability to work under multiple 3GA programs.  


A statement from the Department of Health 

As far as I am aware, the only program that does not enable a participant to be on multiple programs is the Special Approved Placements Program (SAPP).  This is because the SAPP is an interim placement to assist doctors who are unable to participate on alternative 3GA approved workforce or training programs to continue their career as a GP. 


I have seen many instances where doctors are participating on the AGPT Program or the Rural Locum Relief Program and are also participating on the AMDS Program. 


Remind me what 19AA and 3GA is? 

A GP who is a PR or citizen who is a NON-VR (has not completed fellowship) is restricted by 19AA, requiring you to be on a 3GA program before you can access Medicare. Read here:  


Our Final Word 

Our team will always suggest the safest course of action. We will suggest your course based on our experiences and our current knowledge. If required, we will research on your behalf.  


We will advise the risks but are always happy to take the journey with you.  


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People Medical Consulting are a team of professionals with a passion for guiding those specialising in the Medical industry to find their career pathway and settle into Australia. Working with both Australian trained and Overseas trained professionals, we have extensive experience in Recruitment of General Practitioners, and   Document Assistance for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemptions. 


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