Rural LAP has been approved to support vacant positions during COVID-19

COVID-19 We understand that most of you are no longer taking CPD or recreation leave and are working overtime to ensure your local community continues to receive high quality care during this global pandemic.

With all hands on deck at health services across Australia, the casual pool is reduced to almost zero whilst the need for additional teams to fill vacant positions has increased. The demand for additional health professionals increases further if a team member is affected by COVID-19 and has to self-isolate for a 14-day period.

In response to your concerns and the increased demand for more health professionals, the Australian Government Department of Health has approved our request to support rural and remote health services with vacant positions until 30 June 2020.

Our program will continue to support rural and remote health professionals that are required to take leave, especially for COVID-19 self-isolation. The eligibility criteria for leave support will extend to health services accessing the program for vacant positions.

This means that you can apply for up to 14 days of support if you are a health service located in categories 2-4*, as determined by the Modified Monash Model (MMM), or up to 28 days of support for MMM 5-7 category locations. If you are eligible for up to 28 days of support, this can be divided into two placements over the financial year.

As advised by the Department of Health, priority must be given to health services:

  • located in MMM 5-7 categories
  • backfilling a team member going on any form of leave. 

For more information please contact us on 02 6203 9580 or [email protected].

*Health professionals employed by the state or territory that are located in MMM 2-4 categories are not eligible to apply.