FAQs for Obstetricians and Anaesthetists

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 become a Locum?

The eligibility criteria to register as an Obstetric or Anaesthetic Locum are as follows:

  • Specialist Obstetrician Locums: must be a RANZCOG Fellow who remains 'active' and is participating in the RANZCOG CPD program
  • GP Obstetrician Locums: must have either a DRANZCOG or DRANZCOG Advanced qualification and be participating in an accredited CPD program
  • Specialist Anaesthetist Locums: must be an ANZCA Fellow who remains 'active' and is participating in an accredited CPD program
  • GP Anaesthetist Locums: must be currently fully registered or licensed as a medical practitioner, and a General Practitioner; and have undergone appropriate training endorsed by the JCCA and must be participating in an accredited CPD program, as an anaesthetist.

How do I apply to become a Locum?

All Locums must register with the program via the Rural LAP website using (www.rurallap.com.au) and submit the required documentation to facilitate and expedite credentialing at the host location. Locum vacancy notices will be advertised via email to the pool of locums.

Further information can be obtained from the 'Application Process' section of the Rural LAP website.

What registration is required?

All health professionals must be fully registered in Australia and your registration or credentialing must be valid throughout the period of your locum placement.

The Host and Locum are responsible for organising credentialing or privilege approval.

How long are the Locum placements?

Duration of locum placements vary but up to a maximum of 28 working days.

Do I need medical indemnity to work as a Locum?

Locums are responsible for arranging and paying their own medical indemnity cover. The Locum must provide evidence that the cover is sufficient for the length of the placement and the type of work to be undertaken. The Locum must provide appropriate level of run-off cover following placements. If the Locum is providing Rural LAP locum relief at a public health service, their medical indemnity may be covered by the state-based funding system please confirm with the Host.

What are the Locum’s responsibilities?

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

  • assessing Host practices
  • negotiating the terms upon which you will act for a Host
  • credentialing or privilege approval (is a matter for you and the potential employer)
  • negotiating and finalising the benefits of your engagement, including salary and any additional travel expenses over and above those paid or allowed as part of Rural LAP.

What funding is associated with the scheme?

Rural LAP will pay a travelling allowance of $100 per day.

Who will arrange my travel and accommodation?

The Rural LAP will organise and pay for locum travel costs to and from your placement and accommodation.

What is the remuneration for each Locum placement?

The Locum and the Host 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.

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

Will the 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.