The Bonded Medical Places (BMP) Scheme is an initiative by the government to encourage more doctors to practice in parts of Australia experiencing doctor shortages.
If you accept a BMP, you are committing to work for a defined period of time in an area that is in need of more doctors. Typically, these are outer metropolitan, rural and remote areas. In return, you will receive financial incentives. Applications for a BMP are done through the university you plan to attend to study medicine, and the requirements differ for each place. If accepted for a BMP you are required to:
• Complete your medical studies and become registered as a medical practitioner within 10 years of the census date of the first year of your medical course, excluding any approved deferrals.
• Gain fellowship, either as a General Practitioner or other specialist, within 16 years of the census date of the first year of your medical course, excluding any approved deferrals.
• Work for a period of time equal to the length of your medical course in a BMP District of Workforce Shortage for your medical specialty. Work during this time is subject to conditions and the duration may be reduced dependent on relevant training completed.