Claims for online education extended until 31 December 2022

 

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Government, in collaboration with the GP Colleges, has extended a number of revised eligibility arrangements for the RPGP to support GPs during this unprecedented time. This includes the ability to claim for online education until 31 December 2022.

Capping limits and other conditions remained unchanged. Please see summary below.

 

 

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Government, in collaboration with the GP Colleges, has put in place a number of revised eligibility arrangements for the RPGP to support GPs during this unprecedented time. This includes the ability to claim for online education for a limited time, and additional Emergency Mental Health funding from 1 July 2020 for eligible GPs. The ability to claim for online education has been extended to 31 December 2022.

Funding caps and conditions apply. Please see addendum.

  • You must be registered in the program prior to undertaking an eligible activity
  • Check that your activity is eligible (minimum of 4 hrs, includes assessment/interaction, relevant to your component)
  • Submit your claim through the My Grants dashboard including your evidence of completion and a course overview
  • For Procedural and Emergency Medicine components, online activities undertaken since the announcement of the COVID-19 pandemic (11 March 2020) can be assessed for payment
  • You will receive $1000 for eligible online activities
  • You can complete a maximum of ten online activities under the Procedural component and 3 online activities under the emergency and emergency mental health components per financial year
  • Funding for online activities will end on 31 December 2022
  • Each online course can only be claimed once per triennium. Claims for online courses repeated in successive years will not be paid.
  • This component is available from 1 July 2020 and you must be registered in the Emergency Medicine component to qualify
  • Check you are eligible for Emergency Mental Health Component (providing emergency mental health services or crisis intervention)
  • Complete the application form and submit supporting letter or statutory declaration, confirming you treat emergency mental health presentations
  • If approved you will have access to an additional $6000 of funding for MH activities
  • Emergency Mental Health activities cannot be undertaken or claimed prior to 1 July 2020
  • The ability to claim for Emergency Mental Health remains unchanged by the December 2021 addendum
Rural Procedural Grants Program Management Guidelines

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RPGP Applicant Guidelines

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Addendum to RPGP Guidelines - Updated June 2022

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Rural GPs providing unsupervised anaesthetics, obstetrics, surgery and/or emergency medicine may be eligible for the Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP) to help maintain and update your skills.

The Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP) provides financial assistance to GPs who provide procedural and/or emergency medicine services in unsupervised settings in rural and remote areas. This government funding supports GPs with access to relevant educational activities to maintain or update their procedural and/or emergency medicine skills.

About RPGP

You may be eligible for RPGP as a VR General Practitioner, GP Registrar or VR GP locum if you provide:

Procedural

Unsupervised anaesthetics, obstetrics and/or surgery regularly and on a roster, in MMM3-7 locations.

Emergency

Unsupervised emergency medicine in 24-hour triaging accident and emergency facilities regularly and on a roster, located in MMM3-7.

Emergency Mental Health

Emergency mental health services/ crisis intervention in patients presenting with acute mental health issues (must also be registered in Emergency component)

Procedural GPs can receive up to $20,000 per financial year, and GPs providing hospital-based emergency services can receive up to $6000 per financial year. Additional funding of $6000 per financial year is available for eligible GPs providing emergency mental health services

Participants must be registered in the program prior to attending an activity they wish to claim.

How to register

Download and read the Guidelines and apply now. The Applicant Guidelines have been prepared to assist you in determining whether or not you are eligible for the Rural Procedural Grants Program and how to apply for financial support.

You will need to submit your Scope of Clinical Practice (SoCP), and other documentation demonstrating your current unsupervised practice in anaesthetics, obstetrics, surgery and/or emergency medicine. For enquiries, please contact grants@acrrm.org.au. Your application will be assessed and you will be notified via email.

Before registering, please ensure you view the Rural Procedural Grants Program Privacy Principle 5 Notification.

You do not need to be a member of the College to apply for the RPGP. You must only register with one organisation for this program.

Rural Procedural Grants Program Management Guidelines

RPGP Applicant Guidelines

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How to claim

Once registered, log into your My College Dashboard and go to your My Grants tool. Here you will be able to submit grant claims online and check the status of your claims. You will need to supply evidence of attendance which can include course certificates, or a clinical attachment claim form. If the activity has not been accredited you can still make a claim, but you should also provide a program showing the session content and times.

Types of claims

Eligible training programs must be for upskilling and skills maintenance - there are two types of activity that can be claimed:

Educational activity

The activity must include a minimum of 6 hours of face-to-face learning (excluding breaks) related to the component/s that you are registered in, and can include courses, conferences, seminars, meetings and workshops. You are encouraged to contact the College prior to registering for educational activities to confirm they are eligible for grant support.

Clinical attachment

A supervised clinical attachment must be a minimum of 6 hours in a clinical/hospital setting. The aim should be to either learn new specific skills or update specific skills and knowledge.

Clinical Attachment - PDP & Procedural Grant Claim Form

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FAQs

For the purposes of this program, you must hold vocational recognition as a general practitioner (VR GP) or be enrolled in a Fellowship pathway with either ACRRM or the RACGP and provide non-referred services - normally in a hospital theatre, maternity setting or other appropriately equipped facilities - which, in urban areas, are typically the province of a specific referral-based specialty. Most commonly this refers to the fields of surgery, anaesthetics, and obstetrics. Elements essential to procedural medicine include the use of appropriately equipped facilities and resources and involve a collaborative team of health professionals. The practitioner should also be engaged in an appropriate skills-maintenance program in the relevant procedural area(s).

A rural and remote emergency VR general practitioner provide emergency medicine cover for non-referred services in an accident and emergency facility which is available for 24 hours triaging (hospital or other appropriately equipped facility - which provide a minimum equipment list of, but not restricted to: intubation, cannulation and defibrillation equipment), rapid diagnosis and management of the acute and urgent aspects of illness and injury such as those typically brought to the door by ambulance. It is recognised that in some remote communities, these services can be substituted at times by remote triage and retrieval.

Emergency medicine GPs undertaking rural hospital-based work can be eligible for this component.

To be eligible for the program VR GP locum doctors need to undertake a minimum of one month (28 days) of rural locum work per financial year in emergency, anaesthetics, obstetrics, or surgery.

Ineligible
  • Specialists (even if they are also registered in the specialty of General Practice)
  • GPs seeking to attend training to attain skills to become a procedural or emergency medicine GP.  The program is only available to those who are already providing these services.
  • GPs who undertake only minor procedural work in their rooms

You can view and edit your nominated bank details by logging into your College dashboard and clicking on the Edit Profile link, then Bank details.

For the purposes of this program, surgery refers to abdominal surgery (including appendectomy), gynaecological surgery (including dilatation and curettage, termination of pregnancy, ectopic pregnancy, abdominal masses and cysts) requiring general anaesthetic, and endoscopy. Orthopaedics requiring major regional blocks or general anaesthetic including definitive treatment of fractures, dislocations and tendon repairs. The removal of simple cysts or aspiration of pleural effusions and skin surgery (including flap or graft repairs) are not covered under the Rural Procedural Grants Program.

The College will generally process your claim within 10 business days and payments are processed weekly.

Claims can be made for eligible activities attended during the previous and current financial year. The grant is paid from the financial year that the activity was attended in.