As part of the Stronger Rural Health Strategy reforms announced in the 2018 Budget, the OMPs programs will cease to new entrants on 1 November 2018. Applications will be accepted up to midnight on 31 October 2018.
Grandfathering arrangements will be available to OMPs program participants until 30 June 2023, subject to continued compliance with program guidelines. The Department will contact OMPs program participants with further details about the grandfathering arrangement.
Grandfathering is intended to provide a grace period during which affected doctors can fulfil their commitment to obtain Fellowship. A non-VR Fellowship Support program will be provided through both the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM). For more information on the support available, please contact the RACGP at email@example.com or the ACRRM at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These changes are associated with reforms to the Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) item fee arrangements for non-VR doctors. For information about how the new differential (tiered) fee structure affects claiming by OMPs program participants, please see the Stronger Rural Health Strategy: Medicare Benefits Schedule updates—Q&As or email the Department at Access.Programs@health.gov.au.
Please note, that the Budget measure does not affect the changes to Urgent After Hours MBS items that were implemented on 1 March 2018.
Contact for more information
For enquiries relating to program guidelines and application forms, please contact the Department by emailing OMPS@health.gov.au
For enquiries relating to the status of your application, payments, eligibility or whether a particular location is eligible for the Program, contact the Department of Human Services - Medicare on 132 150.
This program will be affected by the measures announced in the 2018-19 Budget.