Table of contents
- Aims of the SRSA Program
- General information
- SRSA Individual CPD Support Grants
- Further information
The Support for Rural Specialists in Australia (SRSA) program is a Department of Health funded initiative, and is administered by the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC). It has been established as part of the consolidation of the Rural Health Continuing Education (RHCE) Stream One program.
SRSA will provide a streamlined program of support and education for health professionals in rural and remote Australia to access multidisciplinary or continuing education projects.
|2.1||The overall aims of the SRSA Program are to provide rural specialists with access to professional support and training opportunities.|
|2.2||This will be achieved by:|
|(a)||providing support and training via online learning programs; and|
|(b)||providing individual grants to enable rural specialists to access training not available in their home town.|
|3.1.1||Core to the SRSA Program will be the delivery of CPD to rural health professionals to:|
|(a)||support clinical and professional capacity, recognising that in rural and remote areas CPD is vital to:|
|(b)||help improve the skill and competence of specialists working in rural areas and enhance the quality of services provided to their communities.|
|3.1.2||Funding under the SRSA is available to rural and remote medical specialists to support activities for specialists working in MM2 to MM7 as defined by the Modified Monash Model (MMM) system categories.|
|3.1.3||Through its CPD support and associated activities, the SRSA program aims to achieve increased knowledge and skills that will be transferable to clinical practice with relevant and site appropriate education.|
|3.2.1||The SRSA Sub-Committee is established in consultation with the member Colleges of the CPMC and the Department of Health to provide oversight and expert advice over the life of the program.|
|3.2.2||The SRSA Program Management Unit (PMU) currently located within The Royal Australasian College of Physicians is contracted by the CPMC to administer the SRSA Program.|
|3.2.3||The contact details for program staff are:|
|3.3.1||Applications for funding must be submitted electronically.|
|3.3.2||Application submissions must be completed in conjunction with the Application Guidelines.|
|3.3.3||Late applications will not be accepted.|
|3.3.4||Before applications are submitted please ensure all questions are answered accurately and completely. Keep a copy of your application for your own records.|
|3.3.5||Further information regarding the SRSA program can be found at: www.ruralspecialist.org.au|
As part of the program, grants to support access to CPD are available to individual medical specialists who live and work in rural and remote Australia.
Applications from individuals must meet the Eligibility Criteria and Application Requirements described below and supported by their relevant medical college.
|4.2.1||Funding is available according to the following eligibility criteria:|
|1.||Medical specialists who live and work in areas determined using the Modified Monash Model (MMM) system categories MM2 to MM7 as follows:|
|Modified Monash Category||Inclusion|
|MM 2||Areas categorised ASGC-RA 2 and ASGC-RA 3 that are in, or within 20km road distance, of a town with population >50,000.|
|MM 3||Areas categorised ASGC-RA 2 and ASGS-RA 3 that are not in MM 2 and are in, or within 15km road distance, of a town with population between 15,000 and 50,000.|
|MM 4||Areas categorised ASGS-RA 2 and ASGS-RA 3 that are not in MM 2 or MM 3, and are in, or within 10km road distance, of a town with population between 5,000 and 15,000.|
|MM 5||All other areas in ASGS-RA 2 and 3.|
|MM 6||All areas categorised ASGS-RA 4 that are not on a populated island that is separated from the mainland in the ABS geography and is more than 5km offshore.|
|MM 7||All other areas – that being ASGS-RA 5 and areas on a populated island that is separated from the mainland in the ABS geography and is more than 5km offshore.|
|Information on the remoteness classification of any town or community in Australia can be readily provided through the Department of Health “Map Locator” which is available online via: http://www.doctorconnect.gov.au/internet/otd/publishing.nsf/Content/locator|
|2.||Medical specialists who are Fly-in/Fly-out (FIFO) are eligible to apply and will be considered for funding on a case by case basis.|
|3.||FIFO applicants will be considered the lowest priority, irrespective of the applicant’s total time practicing in rural locations, rurality/remoteness rating of practice location, and the type of CPD activity requested.|
|4.||All applicants must hold current practice qualifications and registrations including compliance with any state and territory requirements and compliance with the Medical Board of Australia. International Medical Graduates who are undertaking Specialist Medical College requirements for specialist recognition following assessment by the College via the Australian Medical Council Specialist Assessment Pathway are eligible to apply.|
Please note: General Practitioners (ACRRM and RACGP) are ineligible to apply for funding under the Program, as CPD for these practitioners is funded through other Australian Government programs.
|4.2.2||The CPD course provider must be either nationally accredited, nationally recognised or an accredited/professional private educational provider. Training providers may include but are not confined to universities, registered training
organisations or professional bodies such as medical colleges and their equivalents.
|4.2.3||Other forms of education, such as clinical attachments in specialist units or proctoring by relevant visiting specialists are eligible for grant funding, but must conform to meet individual Specialist Medical College CPD program frameworks.|
|4.2.4||Funding under this program supplements areas not currently serviced by state and territory or other Australian Government programs.|
The following application requirements should be considered when preparing a funding submission:
The following criteria will be applied to applications for funding of individual CPD activities by medical specialists. Applicants MUST address these:
|4.5.1||Individual Grant Applications will be assessed by an Assessment Panel, and according to the criteria of each SRSA Program component as outlined in the SRSA Guidelines.|
Applications will be accepted up to a value of $2,000 per training day up to a maximum of 5 days per person, per annum ($10,000).
Only economy class air travel will be reimbursed.
Overnight accommodation prior to an event will be reimbursed only where the travelling times makes it impractical to travel on the morning of the event or to return on the same day following the event.
Where overnight accommodation is required, a maximum of $350 per night will be refundable per night.
|4.6.3||Reimbursement of taxis / Uber
Taxis/Uber between home/airport/location of activity identified in the Grant Application Form will be reimbursed.
|4.6.4||Private car travel
If a private car is used in place of air travel, please consult with SRSA PMU staff to obtain approval.
Private car travel will be reimbursed at a rate of 69c per km.
Where a private car travel will be used in place of air travel, the total amount reimbursable will be to a maximum of the respective flight cost.
Amounts refundable for meals per day are as follows:
Breakfast up to $30.00
Lunch up to $50.00
Dinner up to $70.00
Airport parking facilities may be used where necessary and will be reimbursed.
SRSA grant funds do not cover costs associated with accompanying persons.
|4.7.1||All expense items claimed under this grant requires a tax invoice showing the supplier’s name, address, ABN number and GST amount.|
|4.7.2||Following the completion of the CPD activity / activities participants are to scan and email receipts to firstname.lastname@example.org and include their nominated bank account details where funds can be transferred.|
|4.7.3||Reimbursements will be made once the CPD activity and evaluation survey have been completed.|
The participant will be required to complete a brief mandatory evaluation following the completion of the CPD activity / activities.
Robust and transparent complaints resolution policies and procedures has been established by the CPMC. These are available from the SRSA PMU.
SRSA is one of many measures to support health professionals in rural and remote Australia to access MDT and CPD activities. There are a number of other Australian Government programs which also support rural specialists and research.
Information about other programs is available from the Department of Health at: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/Programs+&+Campaigns-1
Contact your College to enquire about other funding opportunities available to you.
Any information provided to the SRSA program by an applicant will be dealt with in accordance with Privacy Act 1988.