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
  • ACRRM
  • RACGP
  • Medical Board of Australia
  • Medicare

and Check-ins with

  • OET
  • AMC

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-

Total Coronavirus Cases – 

There have been a total of 28,786 cases in Australia. There have been 0 new locally acquired cases and 7 overseas acquired cases in the last 24 hours, with 106 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 closed.

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

Additional PEP Terms –

The RACGP has introduced a new course within the PEP to better support non-vocationally registered (non-VR) doctors in their preparation for Fellowship exams.

The Practice Experience Program Exam Preparation (PEPExP) term is an optional course that can be undertaken concurrently with your last PEP educational term. It is only available to PEP participants and aims to enhance your skills for the AKT and KFP RACGP Fellowship exams.

Find out more: https://www.racgp.org.au/education/imgs/fellowship-pathways/fellowship-programs-for-imgs/practice-experience-program/practice-experience-program-exam-preparation-term 

MEDICAL BOARD OF AUSTRALIA-

National Board Member –

There are multiple practitioner member and community member vacancies arising on the Medical Board of Australia.

Registered practitioners may also wish to express interest in the role of Board Chair.

More information about the roles, eligibility requirements and the application process can be found within the online application form via Ahpra’s Board member recruitment page.

Read more here: https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/News/2021-01-15-call-for-applications.aspx 

MEDICARE-

March 2021 Changes –

Cardio-thoracic

From 1 March 2021, eight diagnostic and therapeutic procedures of the lung, tranche and bronchus items are being relocated from subgroups 1 and 8 of group T8 to subgroup 6 to better reflect the type and nature of these services. The following items will be ceased and replaced with new item numbers:

Ceased items 30696 30710 41889 41892 41895 41898 41901 41905

New items 38416 38417 38419 38420 38422 38423 38425 38426

Pathology

Items 73296 and 73297 have been amended to update the clinical terminology and align these items with the related changes, which occurred on 1 August 2020. As part of the changes, the term ‘pathogenic or likely pathogenic gene variant’ is included and the descriptor for item 73296 will now include ‘ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer’.

The updated item descriptor for item 73297 also specifies that patients cannot receive this service if they have previously received a service under items 73295 or 73297 (as well item 73296 which is currently specified in the descriptor). This is to prevent unnecessary repeat testing, as the presence of a hereditary gene will not change over the life of a patient or their family member.

There was also a minor descriptor change for item 73357 to extend the genetic testing to ‘biological’ relative.

Read more: http://www.mbsonline.gov.au/internet/mbsonline/publishing.nsf/Content/News-210301  

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 closed.
  • ACRRM Independent Pathway intake applications are now open and will close on March 22nd.

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