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
  • RVTS
  • RACGP
  • Medicare

and Check-ins with

  • OET
  • AMC

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-

Total Coronavirus Cases – 

There have been a total of 27,678 cases in Australia. Of that 25,178 have recovered and 907 have died. There have been 10 new cases in the last 24 hours, with 77 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

RVTS-

Targeted Recruitment Applications – 

RVTS has expanded its traditional workforce retention / training model by piloting the recruitment of doctors to targeted remote communities with high medical workforce needs. 

Applications for round 3 of the targeted recruitment positions are now open. 

Find out more here: https://rvts.org.au/applicants/applications_closed 

RVTS Training Program – 

Applications for the third intake for the RVTS program are now closed.

Apply here: https://rvts.org.au/    

RACGP-

Fellowship Exam Enrolments – 

Enrolments for the 2020.2 Remote Clinical Exam open on the 9th of November. Enrolments for the 2021.1 AKT and KFP are expected to open on the 23rd of November. 

Apply here: https://www.racgp.org.au/education/registrars/fracgp-exams/exam-enrolment-instructions/enrol-now 

MEDICARE-

Summary of Changes for 1 November: Blood products–

Item 13703 is being amended to include intra operative normovolaemic haemodilution as a part of the service. This change will update the item in line with clinical best practice, restricting its use to the intention of the procedure, which is for use in patients undergoing surgery or invasive procedures in which blood loss is anticipated. This change will align the service with the National Blood Authority guidelines.

Item 13709 will cease as this item is obsolete and there are other MBS services that provide support for blood transfusion procedures.

Item 13760 is being amended to clarify the malignant conditions where there is evidence for treatment by stem cell therapies in combination with high dose chemotherapy. This amendment is in line with international guidelines for stem cell transplantation, and best clinical practice.

Find out more information here.

CHECK INS-

English Language Tests– 

As of October 2020, test providers indicate that testing in Australia is available in all states and territories.

AMC MCQ- 

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

AMC Clinical-

The AMC have confirmed that they are developing an alternative clinical exam which will be delivered online via Zoom!  

The online exam will involve an invigilator, a simulated patient, and the candidate and will be recorded and marked after the exam by an AMC examiner. The alternative clinical examination will still be 14 scored stations and two unscored stations and the required pass mark will continue to be 10 or higher. 

AMC intends to provide a date for the recommencement late November. Their current plan is to recommence February 2021.

3GA PROGRAM IMPORTANT DATES:

  • AGPT applications are currently closed for the year
  • RVTS applications are currently closed. 
  • PEP applications are currently closed for the year.  
  • ACRRM Independent Pathway intake is currently closed for the year.

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