The General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) began on 1 July 2010. GPRIP aims to promote careers in rural medicine, as well as recognising and retaining long-serving medical practitioners in rural and remote communities.
GPRIP simplifies, improves and streamlines the payment and eligibility requirements of rural incentive grants. It consolidates two previous programs - the Rural Retention Program (RRP) and the Registrars Rural Incentive Payments Scheme (RRIPS) – and introduces a relocation incentive grant. GPRIP comprises three components:
The GP Component (formerly RRP) provides incentive payments to medical practitioners in rural and remote communities.
The Registrar Component (formerly RRIPS) provides incentive payments to Registrars on the Australia General Practice Training program.