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 29,211 cases in Australia. There have been 0 new locally acquired cases and 7 overseas acquired cases in the last 24 hours, with 145 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.

Learn more about the COVID Vaccination Item Numbers here: https://www.peoplemedical.com.au/covid-vaccine-medicare-item-numbers-and-their-requirements/ 

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 20th of April. 

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

RACGP-

AGPT Applications –

Applications for the 2022 AGPT program are now open and will close Tuesday 20th of April

Apply Here:https://www.racgp.org.au/education/registrars/fellowship-pathways/australian-general-practice-training-program-agpt/agpt/apply-now?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIpLj-7pnJ6AIV1aiWCh1d2gbIEAAYASAAEgLEbvD_BwE 

RACGP Exam enrolment –

Enrolments for the AKT, KFP and OSCE opened on March 1st and will close on Wednesday the 12th of May. 

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

MEDICARE –

Telehealth Item Numbers Extension –

The temporary Medicare telehealth and telephone services will continue until 30 June 2021.

This extension accords with the advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) which recommended an extension of the temporary access to Medicare benefits for telehealth and phone consultation items and specific COVID-19 pathology testing items to provide a nationally consistent and coordinated approach to COVID-19 management that ensures containment and suppression with efforts that are rapidly deployable, flexible and scalable.

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 now open. .
  • RVTS applications are now closed. 
  • PEP applications are now closed.
  • ACRRM Independent Pathway intake applications are now open and will close on April 20th.

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