To be eligible for locum support, you must meet the selection criteria aligned with the aims and objectives of Rural LAP. 

Selection criteria

You must be a practitioner from an eligible professional discipline at an eligible practice

To access locum support from Rural LAP you must belong to one of the following professions:

  • Aboriginal health worker (certificate IV)
  • Anaesthetist (specialist or GP)
  • Audiologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Dental & oral health professional
  • Dietitian
  • Exercise physiologist 
  • Medical radiation scientist
  • Midwife
  • Nurse (registered or enrolled)
  • Obstetrician (specialist or GP)
  • Occupational therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Orthoptist
  • Osteopath
  • Pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Social worker
  • Speech pathologist

A variety of settings are eligible for locum support placements under the Rural LAP including hospitals, health practices/clinics, Aboriginal medical services, aged-care facilities, non-government organisations, community health centres and others.

You must be geographically and/or professionally isolated

In assessing the rurality of the locum placement, the Modified Monash Model (MMM) will be used. The MMM uses seven categories to classify geographic locations:

  1. Major cities of Australia (1)
  2. Inner and outer regional Australia that are in, or within 20km road distance, of a town with population >50,000 (2)
  3. Inner and outer regional Australia that are not in MMM 2 and are in, or within 15km road distance, of a town with population between 15,000 and 50,000 (3)
  4. Inner and outer regional Australia that are not in MMM 2 or MMM 3, and are in, or within 10km road distance, of a town with population between 5,000 and 15,000 (4)
  5. Inner and outer regional Australia in all other areas not yet classified (5)
  6. Remote Australia that is not on a populated island separated from the mainland in the ABS geography and is more than 5km offshore (6)
  7. Very remote Australia and areas on a populated island that is separated from the mainland in the ABS geography and is more than 5km offshore (7).

Eligible applicants must be located within categories 2 to 7 except Aboriginal medical services which may be located in any category. The level of rurality will be used to prioritise applications.

You must be seeking locum support to cover a period of leave up to 14 working days (MMM categories 2 - 7) for recreation and CPD, 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).

Organisations employed by the state or territory located between MMM categories 2 - 4 are not eligible to apply for locum support. 

Locum support will not be provided for vacant positions.

At least two weeks’ notice be given

Requests for locum support must be made at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the placement. Short notice applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Employing the locum must benefit the participant and/or the local community

To determine eligibility, you should demonstrate how employing a locum will benefit you and/or your local community.

Frequency of previous locum support and feedback concerning previous placements

When considering an application for support, Rural LAP will take into consideration previous locum support at your organisation as well as any feedback provided back to us. This will help Rural LAP determine the most suitable way to provide support.

Other demonstrated need for locum support

Applications that don’t meet the criteria above may be approved. Use your application form to describe your need for a locum and Rural LAP will consider it.

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