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
  • AHPRA
  • ACRRM
  • RACGP
  • Medicare

and Check-ins with

  • AMC

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-

Total Coronavirus Cases – 

There have been a total of 28,947 cases in Australia. There have been 0 new locally acquired cases and 8 overseas acquired cases in the last 24 hours, with 30 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

AHPRA-

COVID Vaccinations – 

Registered health practitioners who are trained, educated and competent in all aspects of vaccine management and administration and who are authorised under relevant state and territory drugs and poisons legislation (medicines legislation) can administer vaccinations including the COVID-19 vaccines.

Medical practitioners and nurse practitioners can authorise/order vaccinations including the COVID-19 vaccines.

It is expected that the registered health practitioners who can authorise and/or administer COVID-19 vaccines will be required to complete additional training related to the handling and administration of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Read More: https://www.ahpra.gov.au/News/COVID-19/COVID-19-queries.aspx#vaccination 

Access the training: https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-vaccination-training-program 

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-

Special Arrangements –

Special arrangements are available to the following groups of candidates:

Candidates with exam results expiring on 30 June 2020 or 31 December 2020, who are eligible to sit the 2020.1 or 2020.2 RCE, may be eligible for an automatic six-month extension of results to maintain their eligibility for the delayed clinical exams

All candidates eligible to sit the RCE or Clinical Competency Exam (CCE) in 2020 or 2021 will be granted an additional semester in their candidacy. Candidates can sit one or more exams in this semester, or use the time to prepare for a later exam.

All candidates who were enrolled in the 2020.2 AKT or KFP as at 9am on Friday 9 October 2020 will be granted an additional semester in their candidacy. Candidates can sit one or more exams in this semester, or use the time to prepare for a later exam.

Candidates may be eligible for more than one of these special arrangements. Eligible candidates may have a maximum of eight semesters in which they can enrol in exams over four years (plus approved suspensions and leave). 

From March 2021, 16 new MBS items will be available to enable GPs and suitably qualified health professionals to assess patient’s for their suitability to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The MBS COVID-19 vaccine suitability assessment service is free to Medicare eligible patients and the MBS items must be bulk billed.

MEDICARE –

MBS COVID-19 Vaccine Suitability Assessment Service –

The MBS items are part of the Australian Government’s second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program (known as phase 1B). Under this phase, the Government will work with accredited general practices, General Practitioner-led Respiratory Clinics and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to vaccinate certain cohorts of persons aged 18 years of age or older. Accredited general practices will be supplied the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to commence vaccinating priority population groups, including persons 70 years of age or older, other health care workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders 55 years or older, persons with an underlying medical condition, and critical and high risk workers.

General practice will also be involved in latter phases of the vaccination program which aims to vaccinate all Medicare-eligible persons aged 18 years of age and older. The majority of patients are expected to receive the vaccine twice.

CHECK INS-

AMC Clinical-

The examinations will recommence with two ‘pilot’ examinations in March 2021.

Candidates who were scheduled in the postponed examinations between March and June 2020 will receive priority scheduling based on the date and chronological order of their originally scheduled examination. To be eligible, candidates must not have withdrawn their position and must still be residing in Australia. Scheduling will be offered based on the order of the originally scheduled examinations.

The AMC will shortly commence contacting these candidates with newly available examination dates, determine if the date is at a suitable time, and agree acceptance with the candidate (or not). If you are unable to attend this exam date, you will continue to be prioritised for upcoming examinations.

The examination will initially be delivered via the Zoom platform. Once the candidate accepts the offered position, the new examination date will be updated by the AMC on their candidate portal in the following days. The candidate will need to login to their candidate portal on the day of the examination and a link will be provided to enter the examination.

Candidates will undertake the examination online. A personal computer will be required with a microphone and a webcam at eye level. All Apple computers, such as Macbooks and iMacs, or other personal mobile devices such as mobile phones or tablets cannot be used for the examination. A reliable internet connection will be required and this is the responsibility of the candidate. Further technical specifications and guidance to assist candidates will be made available prior to the recommencement of examinations.

The examination blueprint currently remains the same. For each examination, eighteen (18) candidates will attempt sixteen (16) stations with four (4) rest stations. This is consistent with the in-person examination that candidates are familiar with at the time examinations were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

3GA PROGRAM IMPORTANT DATES:

  • AGPT applications are currently closed.
  • RVTS applications are now open and will close on the 21st of February. 
  • PEP applications are now closed.
  • ACRRM Independent Pathway intake applications are now open and will close on March 22nd.

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