General Practice Updates

In a constantly changing environment, we summarise the most important updates for General Practitioners. 

This week’s summary includes updates from:

  • The Department of Health
  • RACGP
  • Medical Board of Australia

and Check-ins with

  • OET
  • AMC

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-

Total Coronavirus Cases – 

There have been a total of 26,983 cases in Australia. Of that 24,324 have recovered and 861 have died. There have been 17 new cases in the last 24 hours, with 654 current active cases. 

Find more: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-current-situation-and-case-numbers

RACGP-

AGPT Applications –

Applications for the second round of AGPT have now closed.

MEDICARE-

Extension of the temporary telehealth and phone consultations until 31 March 2021–

A range of COVID-19 health measures are being extended for a further six months, to 31 March 2021. This extension will include Medicare-subsidised telehealth and pathology services, GP-led respiratory clinics, home medicines delivery, public and private hospital services. Patients will continue to have access to Medicare-subsidised telehealth for general practitioner, nursing, midwifery, allied health and allied mental health services, where and when they need them. Telehealth is also being extended for essential specialist services, such as consultant physician, geriatrician, and neurosurgery services.

Changes to bulk-billing –

The telehealth and phone consultation services provided by GPs and other doctors in general practice will be amended to remove the requirement to bulk-bill attendances for certain patients. When the amendment takes effect on 1 October 2020, these doctors will be able to choose to bulk-bill or patient bill any temporary COVID-19 telehealth and phone attendance service. Bulk billing will continue to be available and regular billing practices will apply to all of these services.

The temporary doubling of the schedule fees for the bulk-billing incentive items will cease and schedule fees will return to the normal rate.

MEDICAL BOARD OF AUSTRALIA-

Podcast: How the pandemic is changing mental healthcare –

The latest episode of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s (Ahpra) Taking Care podcast, is a conversation about the changes in mental healthcare in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Listen here. 

CHECK INS-

OET– 

Some OET’s are progressing as planned, whilst others have been cancelled. For a full list of affected examination dates, check here: https://www.occupationalenglishtest.org/coronavirus-update/

At the moment, AHPRA hasn’t confirmed whether OET Online will be accepted, so keep an ear out. 

AMC MCQ- 

The AMC MCQ Examinations have commenced on a staged basis and where possible. 

AMC Clinical-

AMC Clinical examinations are still postponed until further notice and the AMC National Test Centre is still closed. While the AMC is currently planning for the re-opening of the National Test Centre, the AMC is also currently developing solutions to deliver the clinical examination content through alternate delivery methods rather than the traditional clinical examination format. It is expected the next stage of communications will occur toward the end of September 2020 regarding an implementation approach, further detail, and intended recommencement dates. Where possible, information will also be provided earlier.

3GA PROGRAM IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Applications for AGPT is closed for the year
  • Applications for RVTS is closed for the year
  • Applications for PEP is opening in October
  • Applications for ACRRM Independent Pathway is closed for the year

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