The General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) - Flexible Payment System (FPS) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health as part of the Rural Health Workforce Strategy.
The program aims to encourage medical practitioners to relocate and practise in rural and remote communities and to promote careers in rural medicine.
Changes to GPRIP
From 1 July 2015, the GPRIP moved to the new Modified Monash Model (MMM) remoteness area classification system to more effectively target financial incentives to doctors working in areas that experience greater difficulty attracting and retaining general practitioners.
Only medical practitioners who are not billing Medicare for any or all of the eligible primary care services they have delivered within eligible locations need to complete an application process to receive GPRIP incentives via the FPS using the application forms available on the Australian Government Department of Health GPRIP webpage. GP Registrars who are applying for payment under the Flexible Payment System are also required to submit the Registrar Training Confirmation Form.
To be eligible for incentive payments, medical practitioners must provide eligible primary care services within MM3-7 locations. Eligibility assessment criteria, program guidelines and the current FPS application forms are found at the General Practice Rural Incentives Program website.
The map locator to determine the MM category of locations can be access on Doctor Connect.