FAQs for Hosts

Q. What is the Rural Obstetric and Anaesthetic Locum Scheme?

A. The Rural Obstetric and Anaesthetic Locum Scheme (ROALS) is a workforce support program funded by the Australian Government, designed to supply affordable quality locum relief to specialist and GP obstetricians and anaesthetists in rural Australia.

It is envisaged that ROALS will:

  • Facilitate access to affordable locum services for rural obstetricians and anaesthetists;
  • Relieve financial and administrative difficulties experienced by regional and rural obstetricians and anaesthetists in finding quality locums; and
  • Support the quality and safety of rural obstetricians and anaesthetists.


Q. Who is eligible to receive locum support?

A. A ROALS Host is an individual specialist obstetrician or anaesthetist and GP obstetrician or anaesthetist in the public and/or private sector located in rural and remote Australia (ASGC-RA 2 to 5).

Hospital administrators (in consultation with the Host) are able to apply for locum relief on behalf of their obstetrician or anaesthetist.

For your ASGC-RA rating see the locator map at: www.doctorconnect.gov.au.

  • Specialist Obstetrician Host: must have a RANZCOG Fellowship, or be an Overseas Trained Specialist or be in an Area of Need position.
  • GP Obstetrician Host: must be credentialed to practise obstetrics in Australia.
  • Specialist Anaesthetist Host: must have an ANZCA Fellowship, or be an Overseas Trained Specialist or be in an Area of Need position.
  • GP Anaesthetist Host: must be credentialed to practise anaesthesia in Australia.


Q. How can I apply for locum support?

A. Applications for locum relief can be submitted to the ROALS Secretariat on the appropriate application forms located on the ROALS website.

Hosts are able to receive 14 days of subsidised locum support per financial year (which may be taken as one placement or a number of shorter placements) plus locum travel costs. Funding for locum travel is paid on a per placement basis.

Subject to availability, more than 14 days cover per financial year may be arranged however a subsidy is not paid for those extra days.

Locum cover will not be provided for vacant positions or obstetricians and anaesthetists located in RA1.


Q. What are the subsidy and travel allowances available to eligible Hosts?

A. Specialist Hosts $1100 per day (up to $15,400)
$2000 max. towards locum travel costs (to and from the placement)
Locum travel costs may be claimed from ROALS by the Locum directly.
$1100 max. towards locum travel time (to and from the placement)
Locum travel time may be claimed from ROALS by the Locum directly.

GP Hosts $825 per day (up to $11,550)
$2000 max. towards locum travel costs (to and from the placement)
Locum travel costs may be claimed from ROALS by the Locum directly.
$825 max. towards locum travel time (to and from the placement)
Locum travel time may be claimed from ROALS by the Locum directly.


Q. What are the Host’s responsibilities?

A. The Host is responsible for undertaking the following aspects of a ROALS placement:

  • referee checking;
  • assessing the suitability of a locum;
  • the decision to employ a locum;
  • negotiating pay with the locum;
  • timing of handover;
  • facilitating the credentialing process on site;
  • arranging accommodation for the locum; and
  • arranging a use of a motor vehicle for the locum (during the placement period).

ROALS will identify those individuals who are willing to provide locum support in rural or regional areas of Australia (subject to availability and eligibility).
The Host is to assess the suitability of the locum and to advise the ROALS Secretariat of their decision.


Q. What is the remuneration for each Locum placement?

A. The Host and the Locum are responsible for negotiating pay. Where possible, ROALS encourages Hosts to advise of the proposed base rate for the Locum in their application form.

The ROALS Medical Advisor is available to provide support to Hosts on non-clinical issues, such as negotiating pay with the Locum. The ROALS Secretariat will provide you with contact information upon request. Please email the ROALS Secretariat: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Q. Will the Host and Locum participate in clinical handover pre and post the locum placement?

A. A cornerstone of the ROALS program is a commitment to safety and quality of patient care. ROALS requires the Host to provide a preliminary briefing to the Locum on clinical, professional, personal, and other issues prior to commencement of the placement to ensure continuity of care for patients and orientation to the practice. The ROALS Locum must brief the Host on clinical issues on completion of the placement to ensure continuity of care for patients. A copy of the ROALS Handover Guidelines is available to download from the 'Resources' section of the ROALS website.

Prior to the commencement of the placement, the Host and Locum should agree on a time and date to conduct the formal handover. The handover should occur on the day before the Locum is to commence duties. A handover for the conclusion of the placement should be planned at this time.

 
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