About Us

  • Locum coverage for leave
  • For rural & remote health professionals (Click HERE for the full list of eligible health professions)
  • Federal Government Funded Scheme
  • NO AGENCY FEES or charges
  • No premium wages charged for the locums
  • Locum travel, accommodation & incentives covered
  • Locum coverage for up to 14 working days for recreation and CPD leave and up to 28 working days for remote placements (categories 6-7) supporting CPD
  • Locum cover for multiple staff can be arranged
The Rural LAP is a component of the Australian Government’s rural workforce capacity agenda and aims to provide targeted rural support services to general practitioners, specialists (obstetricians and anaesthetists), nurses and allied health professionals in rural and remote Australia.
 
Rural LAP will support and recruit suitable locums to enable rural professionals to get away on leave, and enable organisations to back-fill their positions to support ongoing service delivery.
 
Rural LAP employs the locum and the scheme supports all locum recruitment, travel and accommodation costs so there is no extra costs to your health service. Rural LAP will then bill your health service for the pre-agreed base pay rate amount for the locum and associated expenses (9.5% superannuation and GST). This arrangement ensures there is minimal administrative burden to your service.
 
Applications to request a locum are now open and you can apply online HERE. Both individuals and organisations can apply for locum support.
 
Rural LAP will also benefit those urban based health professionals wishing to experience rural or remote practice by undertaking a locum placement and offers great incentives for those health professionals interested in working as a locum in rural Australia. To apply to become a Rural LAP locum click HERE.

Rural LAP Aims & Objectives

The aims and objectives of Rural LAP are to:
  • enhance the ability of specialists (obstetrics and anaesthetics), proceduralist general practitioners (obstetrics and anaesthetics), nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in rural Australia to take leave and undertake continuing professional development (CPD) activities;
  • improve the retention of specialists (obstetrics and anaesthetics), proceduralist general practitioners (obstetrics and anaesthetics), nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in rural Australia;
  • attract eligible nurses, midwives and allied health professionals who may otherwise leave, travel or retire, to stay in the health workforce as locums;
  • improve the attractiveness of rural and remote practice for specialists (obstetrics and anaesthetics), proceduralist general practitioners (obstetrics and anaesthetics), nurses, midwives and allied health professional;
  • improve access for rural and remote communities to specialists (obstetrics and anaesthetics), proceduralist general practitioners (obstetrics and anaesthetics), nurses, midwives and allied health professionals; and
  • enhance the ability of metropolitan-based general practitioners (GPs) to up skill professional competencies in Emergency Medicine through established CPD programmes, so that they are better prepared to undertake rural locum work.
Rural LAP was established under a contract awarded by the Department of Health to Aspen Medical Pty Ltd in April 2016.

For more information about Aspen Medical visit www.aspenmedical.com.au.