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Allied Health for Aged Care

Eligible allied health professions

To access locum support from Rural LAP you must belong to one of the following professions working in an eligible aged care service:

  • Audiologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Dietitian
  • Exercise physiologist 
  • Occupational therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Orthoptist
  • Osteopath
  • Pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Social worker

How our program works

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

We’re here to make things easy for you.

At least two weeks before your leave, request locum support by completing the application form and providing permission from your organisation to approve the locum placement. Once received a program officer will confirm the details and begin searching the locum register for suitable locums who match the desired skill set.

Suitable candidates will be contacted by email and asked to express their interest within 48 hours. The CVs of all interested candidates will be sent to you for you to review for suitability and make a decision. Rural LAP will notify the successful candidate.

All travel, accommodation arrangements and the contract of engagement for the locum are arranged by our program officers. You don’t have to worry about the details. Once these have been finalised, you will be notified of the travel itinerary by our travel and logistics coordinators. You are only responsible for paying the base salary of the locum, Rural LAP pays for the locum’s travel, accommodations and incentives.

You will need to arrange a comprehensive handover with the locum before and after the placement to ensure proper orientation of the practice and continuity of care for patients. Once the placement is completed we ask that you complete and submit a feedback form.

Should there be an issue with travel or accommodation – or if the locum withdraws from the role – you will be notified and the issue will be resolved by our program officers to the best of their ability. All efforts will be made to ensure that a suitable locum will cover your period of leave.

Eligibility criteria

To access our locum support for aged care, you must be:

  • an approved aged care service* providing:
    • Home Care, Residential Home Care, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care, or Multi-Purpose Services in MM 4-7 or,
    • Commonwealth Home Support Program in MM 6-7.
  • seeking a locum for one of the eligible positions listed below.

*In exceptional circumstances where continuity of care is seen as high risk, other services providing aged care may also be considered for the placement of locums.

The Modified Monash Model (MMM) is how we define whether a location is very remote, remote, rural or a city. You can search your services MM classification here.

Placements span between 14 and 90 calendar days. Under exceptional circumstances, an extension may be sought by the host facility for up to 30 additional days.

Note: host facilities are limited to applying for one allocation/assignment per position per annum. Special consideration may be given in extreme circumstances such as to help avoid a facility closing and/or not being able to operate.

At least two weeks’ notice is required

Requests for locum support must be made at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the placement. Short notice applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.