What is MDRAP?

The More Doctors for Rural Australia Program (MDRAP) is a 3GA program which enables doctors who are non-vocationally registered to work in rural regions and access Medicare.

Whilst it is a 3GA program, it is not a Fellowship Training Program which means you will need to join an approved training program before being eligible to sit for the Fellowship Exams.

Am I Eligible for MDRAP?

To be eligible for the program, you must:

  • hold a current registration with the Medical Board of Australia
  • have an offer of employment
  • have the necessary skills and experience to perform the role
  • be a temporary or permanent resident

Where can I practice?

In order to be eligible for MDRAP you will need a job offer that is:

  • In a Distribution Priority Area (DPA); and
  • In an area classified as Modified Monash Model (MMM) 2–7.

Doctors who work at a practice classified as an Aboriginal Medical Service or that hold an exemption are also eligible for an MDRAP placement.

What can I claim?

Doctors on MDRAP will be able to access items from group A7 of the Medicare Benefits Schedule. These items are set at 80% of the equivalent general practice items.

How long can I be on the MDRAP?

An initial MDRAP placement is for two years. Doctors can seek extensions for a period of up to four years total in some circumstances.

What will I have to do?

The MDRAP supports doctors working towards joining a college Fellowship Program; Doctors participating in MDRAP must make a minimum of one application to a Fellowship Program each year.

Doctors who participate in MDRAP must complete the foundation general practice training modules provided by either the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine within 6 months of commencing on MDRAP.

Doctors who participate in MDRAP for a year must ensure at least half of the annual professional development required by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is relevant to general practice.

Will I have to be supervised?

MDRAP provides a supervision framework for Doctors who have less than six months general practice experience. The supervision requirements vary depending on the category of the doctor. Information about supervision is available in the MDRAP Guidelines.

How do I apply?

You will need to apply to the Rural Workforce Agency of the state your job offer is in. For example, if your job offer is in Victoria, you will need to apply to the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria. 

Each state has different application processes and eligibility criteria. 

If you need help preparing your MDRAP application, contact our team at [email protected]


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