MedicarePlus for Other Medical Practitioners (MOMPs) Program

The MedicarePlus for Other Medical Practitioners (MOMPs) Program currently provides access to higher Medicare rebates for general practice services provided by eligible pre-1996 non-vocationally recognised doctors in districts of workforce shortage.

Page last updated: 25 June 2018

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 pathwayadmin@racgp.org.au or the ACRRM at acrrm@acrrm.org.au.

MOMPs participants recognised as having met the five-year service requirement as at 30 June 2023 will continue to have access to the higher rebates indefinitely.

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.

Program Guidelines

Word version: MedicarePlus for Other Medical Practitioners Program Guidelines (Word 497 KB)
PDF version: MedicarePlus for Other Medical Practitioners Program Guidelines (PDF 97 KB)

Application Form

Word version: MedicarePlus for Other Medical Practitioners Program Application Form (Word 586 KB)
PDF version: MedicarePlus for Other Medical Practitioners Program Application Form (PDF 82 KB)

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.

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