FAQs for Anaesthetists and Obstetricians

What is the Rural Obstetric and Anaesthetic component of the Rural LAP?

The Rural Locum Assistance Program (Rural LAP) is a workforce support program funded by the Australian Government, designed to supply affordable quality locum relief to health professionals in rural Australia.

It is envisaged that the specialist and GP Obstetric and Anaesthetic component will:

  • facilitate access to affordable locum services for rural obstetricians and anaesthetists
  • relieve financial and administrative difficulties experienced by regional and rural obstetricians and anaesthetists in finding quality locums
  • support the quality and safety of rural obstetricians and anaesthetists.

Who is eligible to receive locum support?

A Host is an individual specialist obstetrician or anaesthetist and GP obstetrician or anaesthetist in the public and/or private sector located in rural and remote Australia (Modified Monash Model (MMM) 2-7) and the position being back-filled is either:

  • in an aboriginal medical service
  • in the MMM categories 2-4 and the position is not in the employ of State or Territory governments
  • the position is in the MMM categories 5-7.

Hospital administrators (in consultation with the Host) are able to apply for locum relief on behalf of their obstetrician or anaesthetist.

For your MMM rating see the locator map at:


How can I apply for locum support?

Applications for locum relief can be submitted on the appropriate application forms located on the Rural LAP website.

Hosts are able to access up to 14 working days (categories 2-7) for recreation or CPD leave and up to 28 working days for placements (categories 5-7) supporting recreation and CPD leave (noting that priority will be given to placements with a CPD component or located in MMM categories 6 and 7)

Locum cover will not be provided for vacant positions or obstetricians and anaesthetists located in MMM 1 unless it is at an Aboriginal Medical Service.

What are the subsidy available to eligible Hosts?

  • Specialist Hosts $700 per working day
  • GP Hosts $500 per working day
  • Rural LAP will pay the Locum’s accommodation and travel costs plus an allowance of $100 per day for meals and incidentals.

What are the Host’s responsibilities?

The Host is responsible for undertaking the following aspects of a Rural LAP placement:

  • referee checking
  • assessing the suitability of a locum
  • the decision to employ a locum
  • negotiating pay with the locum
  • timing of handover
  • coordinate and control the credentialing process on site.

Rural LAP will identify those individuals who are willing to provide locum support in rural or regional areas of Australia (subject to availability and eligibility).

The Host is to assess the suitability of the locum and to advise the Rural LAP of their decision.

What is the remuneration for each Locum placement?

The Host and the Locum are responsible for negotiating pay. Where possible, Rural LAP encourages Hosts to advise of the proposed base rate for the Locum in their application form.

Rural LAP is available to provide support to Hosts on non-clinical issues, such as negotiating pay with the Locum.

Will the Host and Locum participate in clinical handover pre and post the locum placement?

Rural LAP has a commitment to safety and quality of patient care. Rural LAP requires the Host to provide a preliminary briefing to the Locum on clinical, professional, personal, and other issues prior to commencement of the placement to ensure continuity of care for patients and orientation to the practice.

The Locum must brief the Host on clinical issues on completion of the placement to ensure continuity of care for patients.

Prior to commencement of the placement, the Host and Locum should agree on a time and date to conduct the formal handover. The handover should occur on the day before the Locum is to commence duties. A handover for the conclusion of the placement should be planned at this time.