GP Deputising Association (GPDA)

NamdsNic Richardson, DoctorDoctor’s General Manager is the Vice President and Secretary.


The GPDA is an association of healthcare stakeholders working to improve conditions within the healthcare industry related to the provision of after-hours healthcare, including Medical Deputising Services acting for and on behalf of General Practice, General Practitioners and their patients. The organisation works together with other stakeholders like the RACGP, GPs and other primary health care providers, to promote innovative and ethical models of after-hours healthcare delivery focused on safety, quality improvement and the appropriate use of scarce healthcare resources.

The GPDA was formed in early 2017 after four of Australia’s longest serving Medical Deputising Services resigned from the National Association for Medical Deputising (NAMDS). Disagreeing strongly with the premise behind the ‘Protect Home Visits’ campaign launched by NAMDS in 2016 and with concerns regarding NAMDS ability to continue to represent the interests of all its members and those General Practices that they acted on behalf of, DoctorDoctor, Sydney Medical Service Co-operative, the West Australian Deputising Medical Service (WADMS) and Canberra After Hours Locum Service (CALMS), established the GPDA.

The National Association for Medical Deputising Services (NAMDS) is a body that represents elements of the after hours medical deputising service industry in Australia.

DoctorDoctor, formerly the Australian Locum Medical Service (ALMS), played a key role in the foundation of NAMDS in 1992 and maintained membership of this organisation up to 2016. Nic RichardsonDoctorDoctor’s General Manager, was a Director and the Secretary/Treasurer of NAMDS from 2005 to 2016. 

Medical deputising work

DoctorDoctor not only assists GPs in the provision of after hours medical care but also provides the opportunity for both Australian and overseas doctors to experience this challenging and rewarding workplace.

Apply online for GP medical deputising jobs in Australia or to find out more information.

We hold a current Deed with the Commonwealth Department of Health Approved Medical Deputising Service Program for each city in which we operate as a Medical Deputising Service, and by doing so may provide doctors subject to 19AA restrictions on Medicare provider access the opportunity to work in a metropolitan setting and help achieve Fellowship of the RACGP.