A consultation and design process to streamline and expand the Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP) and the Practice Incentives Program (PIPI) Procedural GP payment, Department of Health and Aged Care
As part of the 2021–22 Budget, the Government announced a consultation and design process would be undertaken to explore options to streamline the RPGP and the PIP Procedural GP payments programs. The current programs provide financial assistance for eligible rural GPs and locums through two different mechanisms:
A new program will have a broader scope that seeks to support rural generalist GPs to expand the recognition and maintenance of their range of advanced skills (AS), including greater recognition of non-procedural AS. It is envisioned that a streamlined and expanded program would better align with the National Rural Generalist Pathway.
The Department of Health and Aged Care engaged HMA in collaboration with Kris Battye Consulting (KBC) Australia to:
‘undertake a consultation and design process to streamline and expand the Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP) and the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Procedural GP Payment’.
The project aimed to inform the Department on how to incorporate the objectives of the existing programs and combine the most efficient and effective features into a single administrative model, which will account for service delivery, skills and community need, while also expanding the scope of the existing programs.
The project utilised a range of processes, comprising:
The project deliverables included the development, analysis and costing of options for streamlining and expanding eth RPGP and PIP programs.
This project commenced in August 2021 and was completed in June 2022.
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