The Bonded Medical Places scheme provides additional Commonwealth Supported Places to address the doctor shortages outside metropolitan areas across Australia.

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Bonded Medical Places

BMP schemeBMP Scheme

The BMP scheme is an Australian Government initiative designed to address doctor shortages outside metropolitan areas across Australia.

The BMP scheme provides over seven hundred additional Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) each year to first year Australian medical students in participating universities.

In return, following attainment of fellowship of a specialist college, including General Practice, students will work in a District of Workforce Shortage of their choice for a period equal to the length of their medical degree, referred to as Return of Service Obligations (RSO). However, BMP participants will have the opportunity to reduce the length of the RSO less any credit obtained through Scaling, on completing their medical studies. BMP participants may elect to complete up to half their return of service obligation during pre-vocational or vocational training.

If you are applying for admission to the Joint Medical Program you will be able to check if you have lodged an Expression of Interest for a Bonded Medical Place by going to the Review Submitted Application page once applications are open. If you wish to update your application to include an Expression of Interest for a Bonded Medical Place please email your request to Tracey Bristow, remembering to include your UMAT number and date of birth.

Candidates will be able to lodge an online BMP Expression of Interest when they lodge their direct online University application. Only candidates who are eligible for final selection and who lodge the Expression of Interest by the designated closing date will be considered

Further details on the Scheme may be obtained from:

Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing

Freecall: 1800 987 104
Email: BMPScheme@health.gov.au
Web: www.health.gov.au/bmpscheme

Note: New Zealand citizens who were New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) holders as at 26 February 2001 are considered to be the equivalent of an Australian Permanent Resident for the purpose of the Migration Act 1958. New Zealand citizens who were New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) holders as at 26 February 2001 are eligible to be considered for a Bonded Medical Place and / or  a Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship. A New Zealand citizen who is not an  Australian Permanent Resident and was not an SCV holder as at 26 February 2001 is NOT eligible to apply for either of the bonded schemes.  If you are a New Zealand citizen and you lodged an expression of interest for either of the above schemes you will be required to provide proof that you are a New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) holder as at 26 February 2001.