HR+ CPD and Family Networking
Each year HR+ hosts two CPD and Family Networking weekends in different locations around the state. These weekends provide the opportunity for Tasmanian GPs to participate in topical CPD activities and for them and their families to meet and socialise with other rural GPs and families.
Each CPD Weekend focuses on a different topic, and is accredited with both the RACGP and ACRRM for CPD points.
As well as being a great learning opportunity for the general practitioners, these weekends offer a range of activities for partners and an extensive children’s program organised by an accredited children’s activity organisation.
All Tasmanian GPs are invited to register for these weekends.
HR+ is currently reviewing our relocation grant policy. In the future, GPs moving to Tasmanian communities identified as most in need of medical or health services may be eligible for relocation assistance. Please ask a Recruitment Consultant for updated information.
Personalised Site Visit
If you are interested in visiting Tasmania to meet with practices you are considering working at, the recruitment team at HR+ will arrange a personalised site visit to practices identified as most in need of GP services. This will include assistance with travel and accommodation arrangements, arranging appointments and taking you to meet with practices. Please contact your consultant for further information.
Registration and Settlement Reimbursement
HR+ recognises the significant costs incurred in relocating to Tasmania. We offer financial assistance to assist with the major costs related to obtaining initial registration and taking up employment in Tasmania. This support is offered to doctors who have not previously worked as a medical practitioner in Australia. Eligible costs to claim reimbursement for are:
- AMC primary source verification
- AHPRA registration application fees
- Visa application fees, including costs for undertaking health checks
- Reimbursement of PESCI costs
- Travel expenses associated with GP placement in Tasmania
- Completion of HR+ orientation program.
The reimbursement is to a maximum of $5,000. The reimbursement amount can be paid as a grant - whereby it will be considered as income by the Australian Tax Office - or on presentation of receipts and an approved tax invoice for expenses incurred for the activities listed above. Please discuss with your HR+ recruitment consultant to ensure your eligibility.
General Practice Rural Incentives Programme (GPRIP)
The General Practice Rural Incentives Programme (GPRIP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health as part of the Rural Health Workforce Strategy.
The programme aims to encourage medical practitioners to relocate and practice in rural and remote communities and to promote careers in rural medicine.
Changes to the GPRIP
- From 1 July 2015, GPRIP transitioned to the Modified Monash Model (MMM) classification system to determine eligible locations.
- The MMM is a new classification system that better categorises metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas according to both geographical remoteness and population size. The system was developed to recognise the challenges in attracting health workers to more remote and smaller communities.
- Eligible locations under the new GPRIP arrangements are classified as MMM 3-7.
- Payments will be made once the required number of active quarters have been met.
- For new participants, payments will commence after eight active quarters providing Medicare services in MMM 3-5 areas and after four active quarters in MMM 6-7 areas.
- An ‘active’ quarter is one where the value of Medicare billed items for eligible services provided in eligible locations meets the minimum $6,000. A full payment will be earned where the maximum threshold of $30,000 or more of eligible billing is reached per quarter.
- Leave periods of up to five years (20 quarters) may be taken without losing year level status.
All current participants will receive a pro-rata payment up to 30 June 2015 if they are eligible. It is anticipated that this pro-rata payment will be made in November 2015.
Updated programme guidelines will be available in the near future. For further details on changes to GPRIP go to www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/general_practice_rural_incentives_programme.
If you think you may be eligible for the GPRIP and are not currently receiving it, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or Deb on 03 6332 8600.
Post Orientation Weekend
We understand that along with setting in to a new job and learning about the Australian health system there are other important considerations and differences about living in a new location, which is why HR+ aims to help settle new health professionals and their families into Tasmania by hosting a Post Orientation Weekend event not long after their arrival.
These weekends are designed to provide doctors and allied health professionals with key information about living in Tasmania, with local industry speakers presenting on topics such as taxation, the law, police, education and connecting with your new community.
The whole family is welcome along too, with the informative topics being relevant to partners and a fun children’s program organised to keep the children entertained.