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
  • ACRRM
  • Medicare

and Check-ins with

  • OET
  • AMC

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-

Total Coronavirus Cases – 

There have been a total of 28,650 cases in Australia. There has been 1 new locally acquired cases and 15 overseas acquired cases in the last 24 hours, with 296 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

ACRRM-

ACRRM Independent Pathway Applications –

Applications for the ACRRM Independent Pathway are now open and will close Monday the 22nd of March. 

Apply Here: https://www.acrrm.org.au/fellowship/pathways/independent-pathway 

RACGP-

PEP Applications –

Applications for PEP are now open and will close on the 29th of January.

Apply here: https://www.racgp.org.au/racgp-pep-apply-now 

Important things to know about the clinical exams in 2020 – 

The 2020.1 OSCE was replaced by the Remote Clinical Exam (RCE) in October 2020, but is still considered part of the 2020.1 exam semester for the purposes of prerequisite exams and exam candidacy.

The 2020.2 OSCE will be replaced by the RCE in March 2021, but will still be considered part of the 2020.2 exam semester.

The 2020.2 RCE will be different to the 2020.1 RCE: Instead of three days of four cases, it will be delivered in two days of six cases. This change was made in response to candidate and examiner feedback.

RACGP Extraordinary Circumstances – 

Extraordinary exception: GPE Pathway candidates affected by the 2020.2 AKT and KFP cancellations will have a six month extension, and will not be required to complete an RACGP-approved program before continuing to sit the Fellowship exams until 1 July  2022 (2022.2 semester).

MEDICAL BOARD OF AUSTRALIA-

National Board Member Webinar –

Are you passionate about healthcare and protecting the public? Would you like to know more about the role of Board members in the National Scheme regulating registered health practitioners from 16 professions?

The MBA is soon opening the applications for 35 community member positions (open to everyone) and 65 practitioner member positions (for people who are registered in the relevant profession). Join them for a live Q&A webinar with current National Board members to learn more about what is involved and what life is like as a board member.

Register here: https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/News/2021-01-08-Register-now-for-our-upcoming-webinar.aspx 

MEDICARE-

January 2021 Changes –

From 1 January 2021 there were minor changes to three neurosurgery items (39018, 39109 and 39113) to clarify that assistance is required in the provision of these services. These services involve the use of stereotaxy, which requires the use of an assistant to set up the stereotactic navigation and planning. This change will align these services with best practice and ensure patient safety.

There is also a change to item 73337 which commenced on 1 January 2014 for the testing of tumour tissue from a patient diagnosed with non-small lung cancer, in order to determine if the patient meets the requirements relating to the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene status for access to medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). From 1 January 2021 patients will be able to access medicines identified as an EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor, which will include the drug osimertinib.

Read more: http://www.mbsonline.gov.au/internet/mbsonline/publishing.nsf/Content/news-210101 

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. As at 17 November 2020, all Australian testing centres are operating. The Melbourne test centres which were closed due to COVID-19 restrictions have reopened. The backlog of examinations caused by the Melbourne test centre closures has been addressed in November 2020 with all candidates provided an opportunity to attempt the examination. Overseas examination operations are continuing to increase with approximately 79% of historic examination volumes being conducted in October 2020. This is due to the different COVID-19 restrictions operating overseas.

AMC Clinical-

The AMC is pleased to advise international medical graduates and stakeholders the project is progressing very well toward the initially communicated commencement date of February 2021.

Using an alternative online delivery method for the clinical examination the project is being developed beyond an initial response to COVID-19 and delivering the examination in a COVID-19 safe manner.

With the initial objective in February 2021, the online clinical examination delivery will retain the current structure of 16 stations with two unscored stations. The pass mark will remain at 10 stations. There will be no change to existing blueprinting, standard setting and monitoring processes. The Clinical Examination Results Panel will continue to analyse candidate and examination performance as it formally approves candidate results.  

The backbone of the clinical examination delivery will be a triad between a candidate, a simulated patient and an invigilator. The invigilator will act as a case manager who will stay with the candidate throughout the examination, provide candidate tasks, introduce patients, and provide operational and technical support. The invigilator will also perform important security functions such as verification of the candidate identity.

All contacts will be conducted initially via the Zoom platform with added functionality enabling the recording of video and audio. The recordings will be made available to examiners for remote marking.

When clinical examinations were originally cancelled in response to COVID-19, many candidates elected to retain their payment with the AMC to receive priority scheduling with the recommencement of the examinations from February 2021. These candidates will be provided with priority scheduling which will be communicated in early December 2020.

Read more here: https://www.amc.org.au/assessment/clinical-examination/ 

3GA PROGRAM IMPORTANT DATES:

  • AGPT applications are currently closed.
  • RVTS applications are currently closed. 
  • PEP applications are now open and will close on the 29th of January 
  • ACRRM Independent Pathway intake applications are now open and will close on March 22nd.

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