The Australian Government has extended Rural LAP until 30 June 2025. Get your support requests in now!!

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Looking for locum work?

Travel, meet new people, develop new skills and work in some of the most beautiful places, from the countryside to outback Australia.

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Supporting Aged Care

Ensuring service delivery continues for rural and remote aged care services impacted by sudden departures, annual leave, and training.

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Locum support made easy

Rural LAP offers a simple, streamlined process for requesting locum support.

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Rural LAP support makes a difference

Rural LAP support makes a difference

Mutkin Residential and Community Care is a not-for-profit, community-controlled organisation in Yarrabah, QLD. The facility was introduced to Rural LAP by chance in April of 2023 when a member from the Department of Health shared information on Rural LAP as a recommendation to assist with staff shortages.

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Adventure with Rural LAP

Adventure with Rural LAP

Meet Stephanie Pierce, a Registered Nurse from New Zealand who joined Rural LAP over a year ago. Since joining the program, Stephanie has travelled to placements across Queensland, Tasmania, and South Australia, with Tasmania stealing her heart as it felt like a home away from home.

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Celebrating 10,000 Placements

Celebrating 10,000 Placements

The Federally funded Rural Locum Assistance Program (Rural LAP) has placed its 10,000th health professional since the program began in 2011.

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A locum journey with Rural LAP

A locum journey with Rural LAP

In the ever-changing healthcare landscape, the locum role has become increasingly vital, particularly in rural and remote areas where access to medical professionals can be challenging. 

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Who is the
Rural LAP?

We are a locum assistance program for health and aged care services across rural and remote Australia. We support eligible aged care workers, nurses, midwives, obstetricians, anaesthetists, and allied health professionals to take CPD or recreation leave.

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Looking for work?

Working as a locum in rural and remote health and aged care services offers fantastic and unique opportunities for health and aged care professionals.