PROCEDURAL GENERAL PRACTITIONERS

To be a Procedural General Practitioner, also known as a Rural Generalist, you need to have specialised within a particular area of medicine. This can include many area’s such as anaesthesia, obstetrics, emergency medicine, and paediatrics. 

 

Procedural General Practitioners play an important role in rural practice. Rural areas have limited resources and may not have a specialist available to provide these services; therefore, it is incredibly useful to have a Procedural General Practitioner complete these additional responsibilities. These services are non-referred procedural services that within a metropolitan area would require a specific referral-based speciality. 

 

HOW DO I BECOME A PROCEDURAL GENERAL PRACTITIONER? 

There are numerous training programs and support programs available for General Practitioners to learn the skills of a Procedural General Practitioner and each have their own eligibility criteria. 

 

You will have the following options in these States: 

Australia Wide-  

  • General Practitioner Procedural Training Support Program (GPPTSP) 
  • General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) 
  • Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP) 
  • Rural Generalist/Procedural Skills Training via AGPT 

New South Wales- 

  • NSW Rural Generalist (Medical) Training Program (RGTP) 
  • NSW Rural GP Procedural Training Program (GPPTP)  
  • General Practice Rural Incentive Program 

Queensland- 

  • Rural Doctors Upskilling Program (RDUP) 
  • Rural Generalist Trainee Workshop 
  • Advanced Skills Training 

Victoria- 

  • Rural Extended and Advanced Procedural Skills (REAPS) 

South Australia- 

  • Advanced Skills Training Post – Anaesthetics and Obstetrics  

Tasmania- 

  • Tasmanian Rural Medical Generalist Pathway 

Western Australia- 

  • Rural Practice Pathway 

 

Some of these programs offer funding to support you whilst undertaking training, so it is worth having a look at any programs you will be eligible for and seeing what is included!  

 

ARE THERE INCENTIVES TO BECOME A PROCEDURAL GENERAL PRACTITIONER? 

There are various support programs that offer funding for you to undertake the training required to become a procedural General Practitioner and to maintain these skills. Some of these programs are listed above. 

 

Additionally, you will be eligible for Medicare Benefits through PIPS. To be eligible the procedural services must attract an anaesthetic fee and fall under one of the following services: 

  • Obstetric Delivery  
  • General Anaesthetic 
  • Major Regional Blocks 
  • Abdominal Surgery 
  • Gynaecological Surgery (Requires General Anaesthetic) 
  • Endoscopy 

 

However, the procedural service must use centralised facilities and resources, involve a team of health professionals and be completed by a GP that engages in the appropriate skills management program relevant to their procedural area.  

 

Medicare have 4 tiers of payment that will depend on how many hours you dedicate to completing Procedural services per week. 

 

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU: 

If you are looking for further guidance on Procedural General Practitioners or would like to ask further questions about the information mentioned, this is something our team can help you with. Contact us directly on admin@peoplemedical.com.au. 

 

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People Medical Consulting are a team of professionals with a passion for guiding those specialising in the Medical industry to find their career pathway and settle into Australia. Working with both Australian trained and Overseas trained professionals, we have extensive experience in Recruitment of General Practitioners and Document Assistance for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemptions.