The Australian Locum Medical Service (ALMS) was founded in 1969 with the objectives of providing a better quality of life to General Practitioners, by assisting them in the provision of after hours care to their patients. It has developed over many years to provide not only world class service to patients but also the opportunity for both local and overseas doctors to experience this challenging and rewarding workplace. Established by the current principals ALMS has been providing medical deputising services for General Practitioners in both Melbourne and Perth for 40 years and is the first Medical Deputising Service (MDS) established in Melbourne and Perth. Such long term experience in this challenging and ever changing industry enables the provision of unparalleled, professional, after-hours primary care for the patients of nearly 2,000 GPs in Melbourne and Perth (WA). ALMS will shortly commence operations of its Medical Deputising Services in Brisbane and Sydney, utilising the extensive expertise and experience it has gained to provide General Practitioners and their patients with comprehensive and coordinated after hours care.
The Australian Locum Medical Service has a long history of collaboration with all sectors of the health industry including the Department of Health and Ageing, the Australian Medical Association, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Medicare Locals, Commonwealth and State Governments and emergency services. This ensures that the service provided to our GP subscribers and their patients is compliant with best practice as recommended by these key health care organisations.
The Australian Locum Medical Service is an Accredited Medical Deputising Service, to Standards set by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. ALMS meet all MDS eligibility criteria required under Tier 1 and Tier 2 of the Practice Incentive Program (PIP) -After Hours Incentive available to General Practice.
ALMS has further committed to the quality of care provided with its existing services meeting the National Association for Medical Deputising Services (NAMDS) Definition of a Medical Deputising Service. On commencement of operations both the Brisbane and Sydney services will also meet this definition. This definition has been adopted by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing Approved Medical Deputising Service Program (AMDSP).
The Australian Locum Medical Service played a key role in the foundation of the National Association for Medical Deputising Services (NAMDS) in 1992. NAMDS is the organisation best placed to provide comprehensive advice regarding all elements of the provision of afterhours GP care. It is recognized as the peak negotiating body for the medical deputising sector by both State and Federal Governments and continues to be instrumental in the development of standards, determining strategies and supporting the interests of an estimated 9000 General Practitioners who subscribe to Medical Deputising Services across Australia.
ALMS existing services maintain continuous and current membership of the National Association for Medical Deputising Services and we are therefore best placed to monitor and react to issues relating to the provision of afterhours care with key stake holders in the health industry. On commencement of operations both the Brisbane and Sydney services will also seek NAMDS membership.