Supporting GP registrars in rural WA

Since 2002, WAGPET has provided GP registrars with financial support for undertaking rural placements.

WAGPET provides a financial contribution to an eligible GP registrar who is undertaking Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program terms in a designated rural and/or remote setting to support some of their costs of training.

Support payments will be payable per semester, based onthe placement location using the Modified Monash (MM) classification, training term level and training Full-Time Equivalence (FTE). Where a GP registrar is undertaking training on a part-time basis, a pro-rata support payment will be available.

The amount offered as a rural support payment is subject to ongoing AGPT funding and may be amended annually.

GP registrars are responsible for managing their own financial commitment necessary to enable their completion of training such as: coordinating and funding their own relocation requirements, managing costs associated with attending workshops/exams, managing cost of living in a rural and/or
remote area.

GP registrars should seek independent financial advice in relation to the potential tax-deductibility of the costs incurred in undertaking GP training.

To learn more about the rural support payment, read the WAGPET Rural Support Payment Policy.

How is a rural area declared “hard to fill”?

Q:

How is a rural area declared “hard to fill”?

A:

Assessment of hard-to-fill areas is based on historical placement data, reviewed every year with the policy cycle of review.

If I am a FIFO/DIDO registrar, how will I be assessed for eligibility for the rural support payment?

Q:

If I am a FIFO/DIDO registrar, how will I be assessed for eligibility for the rural support payment?

A:

The Rural Support Payment Policy is designed to support those registrars living in the rural and/or remote area and with an eligible training term. If you are a FIFO/DIDO registrar, you will be assessed on the amount of time and you are in the country town and payment will be based on your primary place of residence.