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 their 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.

Relocation Assistance

HR+ works with communities around Tasmania to ensure they have access to an adequate primary health care workforce.  In some circumstances a relocation grant will be available to GPs, nurses and allied health professionals relocating to identified rural locations in Tasmania. 

Please speak with our Primary Health Workforce Team for further information about current eligible locations.

Personalised Site Visit

If you are considering taking up a GP position in Tasmania, some locations may attract the services of a personalised site visit with some travel expenses covered.  To find out about eligible locations please contact our Primary Health Workforce Team for further information and current eligible locations.

For further information please email recruitment@hrplustas.com.au

General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP)

The GPRIP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health as part of the 2009-10 Rural Health Workforce Strategy Budget Measure.

The  GPRIP aims to encourage medical practitioners to practise in regional, rural and remote communities and to promote careers in rural medicine through the provision of financial incentives. The program aims to retain these medical practitioners in regional, rural and remote locations by providing incentives to continue to work in these areas.

Central Payment System (CPS) and FPS

There are two payment systems used for the GPRIP – the CPS and the FPS.

Medical practitioners who bill Medicare for eligible services receive automated payments made by the Department of Human Services (Human Services) through the CPS. Medical practitioners are not required to submit an application to access GPRIP payments through the CPS, they are only required to provide bank details to Human Services.

Medical practitioners need to apply under the FPS if they provide eligible non-Medicare services and/or undertake training (under approved training pathways – currently the Australian General Practice Training [AGPT] program or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine [ACRRM] Independent Pathway) that is not reflected in the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) records. Medical practitioners must apply directly to the Rural Workforce Agency (RWA) in the state or the Northern Territory in which they provide the majority of services.

See the GPRIP Program Guidelines for full details on the eligibility requirements.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the GPRIP, medical practitioners must:

  1. provide eligible primary care services and/or undertake GP Registrar training placements under an approved training pathway in regional, rural and remote locations (Modified Monash [MM] 3-7) within Australia;
  2. have an eligible current Medicare provider number; and
  3. have provided current bank account details to Human Services specifically for the GPRIP.

See the GPRIP Program Guidelines for full details on the eligibility requirements.

Changes to how activity is counted under the Flexible Payment System (FPS) from 1 July 2017

From 1 July 2017, in order to apply for payments under the Alternative Employment provisions, medical practitioners must still fall under one of the existing Alternative Employment categories outlined in the GPRIP Program Guidelines. From 1 July 2017, medical practitioners must apply through the FPS for all time spent providing GPRIP eligible services, regardless of whether the services were MBS billed. Time spent providing eligible services will be quantified in 3hr+ GPRIP sessions on an FPS Application Form.

See the GPRIP Program Guidelines for full details on the eligibility requirements.

Level of Service Required Per Quarter

Activity under the FPS is captured in ‘GPRIP sessions’. A session refers to a period of three hours minimum in which a medical practitioner provides eligible GPRIP services and/or undertakes eligible GP Registrar training. A maximum of TWO sessions can be claimed per day.

An active quarter is where a medical practitioner completes at least 21 sessions within MM3-7 locations in the quarter. This is the minimum quarterly activity threshold for the FPS.

An inactive quarter is where a medical practitioner completes less than 21 sessions making the quarter ineligible for a payment. Medical practitioners who complete 104 or more eligible sessions with a quarter meet the threshold condition for maximum payment.

Number of active quarters required for payment

All continuing medical practitioners, as well as new participants to the program practicing predominantly in MM6-7 locations, will be eligible for a payment on completion of four active quarters within an eight quarter period. By extension, this means that once a continuing GPRIP participant is inactive for five quarters within any eight quarter period, they are no longer eligible for a payment for any active quarters prior to reaching their fifth inactive quarter.

New participants on the program practicing predominantly in MM3-5 locations will receive an initial payment after completing eight active quarters within a 16 quarter period.

If a new medical practitioner is working across MM3-7 categories they may need to complete eight active quarters before a payment will be made if the majority of their eligible activity is not considered to have occurred in MM3-5.

Leave

Medical practitioners who have not been eligible for a payment within the 24 quarters (six years) immediately prior to becoming eligible for a new payment will recommence in the program as a new participant. This means a medical practitioner can be inactive for a period of up to five years for any reason without loss of accrued Year Level status, but will not receive the GPRIP payments for any period of leave.

Note: This does not mean that medical practitioners can receive payment upon return for any active quarters worked prior to their fifth inactive quarter.

See the GPRIP Program Guidelines for full details on the eligibility requirements and application forms.

If you think you may be eligible for the GPRIP and are not currently receiving it, please contact our GPRIP Officer at admin@hrplustas.com.au or Phone 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 shortly 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.