FAQs for Locums

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. Why may I want to act as a ROALS Locum?

A. The reasons for wishing to act as a ROALS locum may include the following:

  • Primary source of income
  • Transition into retirement
  • To gain experience and exposure in a rural location
  • Supporting rural colleagues
  • Networking opportunities
  • Secondary source of income


Q. Who is eligible to become a ROALS Locum?

A. The eligibility criteria to register as a ROALS Locum are as follows:

  • Specialist Obstetrician Locums: must be a RANZCOG Fellow who remains 'active' and is participating in the RANZCOG CPD program;
  • GP Obstetrician Locums: must have either a DRANZCOG or DRANZCOG Advanced qualification and be participating in an accredited CPD program;
  • Specialist Anaesthetist Locums: must be an ANZCA Fellow who remains 'active' and is participating in an accredited CPD program; and
  • GP Anaesthetist Locums: must be currently fully registered or licensed as a medical practitioner, and a General Practitioner; and have undergone appropriate training endorsed by the JCCA and must be participating in an accredited CPD program, as an anaesthetist.

Further information can be obtained from the ‘Eligibility Criteria’ section of the ROALS website.


Q. How do I apply to become a ROALS Locum?

A. All ROALS Locums must register with the scheme using the appropriate application form and submit a current CV with the contact details of two referees to the ROALS Secretariat. Locum vacancy notices will be advertised via email to the pool of locums.

Further information can be obtained from the 'Application Process' section of the ROALS website.


Q. What registration is required?

A. All health professionals must be fully registered in Australia and your registration or credentialing must be valid throughout the period of your locum placement.

The Host and Locum are responsible for organising credentialing or privilege approval.


Q. How long are the Locum placements?

A. Duration of locum placements vary, from two days to 30 days.


Q. Do I need medical indemnity to work as a Locum?

A. Locums are responsible for arranging and paying their own medical indemnity cover. The Locum must provide evidence that the cover is sufficient for the length of the placement and the type of work to be undertaken. The Locum must provide appropriate level of run-off cover following placements. If the Locum is providing ROALS locum relief at a public health service, their medical indemnity will be covered by the state-based funding system.


Q. What are the Locum’s responsibilities?

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

  • Assessing Host practices;
  • Negotiating the terms upon which you will act for a Host;
  • Credentialing or privilege approval (is a matter for you and the potential employer);
  • Negotiating and finalising the benefits of your engagement, including salary, accommodation and any additional travel expenses over and above those paid or allowed as part of ROALS.


Q. What funding is associated with the scheme?

A. ROALS will reimburse the locum's travel costs and travel time (to and from the placement). Funding for locum travel is paid on a per placement basis. Meals and accommodation are not claimable travel expenses through ROALS, transport only.

ROALS will subsidise the travel costs of the locum’s partner when they accompany the locum on placements of 7 days or more. Funding of up to $500 (max.) to subsidise the travel costs of the locum’s partner will be available (applies to placements of 7 days or more).


Q. Who will arrange my travel?

A. The ROALS Secretariat is able to organise and pay for locum travel costs and travel time to and from your placement. Contact the ROALS Secretariat should you require assistance with booking travel. The ROALS Secretariat will contact you when the placement is complete to arrange reimbursement of travel costs and travel time where appropriate.


Q. Who will arrange my accommodation?

A. The Host is responsible for arranging accommodation for the Locum.


Q. What is the remuneration for each Locum placement?

A. The Locum and the Host 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 locums on non-clinical issues, such as negotiating pay with the Host. 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 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.

Prior to 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.

ROALS provides a copy of the Handover Guidelines to Hosts and Locums at each ROALS locum placement. A copy of the ROALS Handover Guidelines can be downloaded from the 'Resources' section of the ROALS website.

 
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