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
  • RACGP
  • RVTS
  • Medical Board of Australia
  • Medicare

and Check-ins with

  • AMC
  • 3GA Programs

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-

Total Coronavirus Cases – 

There have been a total of 29,991 cases in Australia. There have been 0 new locally acquired cases and 4 overseas acquired cases in the last 24 hours, with 12 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

Coronavirus Vaccines Rollout– 

A total of 3,100,137 vaccinations have been completed as increasing supplies of vaccine are delivered to more than 5,280 sites across the country.

As of today, 5,541,184 doses of vaccine have been delivered to those sites by the Australian Government, with 4,622,610 doses available for use.

Find out more here: https://www.health.gov.au/news/vaccine-operations-centre-weekly-operational-update-17-may-2021 

AHPRA-

AHPRA Board Vacancies – 

Vacancies are arising on the state and territory boards in the following jurisdictions:

  • New South Wales – 2 community members, 4 practitioner members (incl. Chair)
  • Northern Territory – 1 practitioner member

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

For enquiries, please contact [email protected]

Applications close: 5.00pm AEST, Friday 25 June 2021

RACGP-

PEPEA Enrolments – 

Enrolments for the July PEPEA will close on the 9th of June. Please watch out for your PEPEA enrolment email in your inbox. If you think you are eligible and haven’t received an email by Monday 24 May 2021, please contact the Selection team at [email protected] 

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

RACGP Fellowship Reminder –

From January 2022, it will be compulsory for non-VR doctors who don’t have a specialist qualification to complete an approved program – such as PEP – to be eligible to sit the RACGP Fellowship exams.

RVTS-

Enrolment Open Soon –

Round 1 Applications for the RVTS Remote and AMS training schemes open from 31 May – 4 July 2021.

Find out more about RVTS here: https://rvts.org.au/ 

MEDICAL BOARD OF AUSTRALIA –

Retired Practitioners –

Ahpra and National Boards have extended the support available from retired nurses, doctors and other registered health practitioners on the pandemic response sub-register for a further 12 months from this week.

The sub-register will be extended for eligible practitioners until 5 April 2022. Practitioners who are extended on the sub-register will be limited to practice only to help with the COVID-19 vaccination rollout.

Medical practitioners, nurses, midwives and pharmacists who were on the sub-register and did not apply to transition to the main Register of practitioners are being extended on the sub-register up to an additional 12 months.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Health Practitioners who are on the register until 30 June 2021 and will also be extended on the sub-register.

To stay on the sub-register, practitioners do not need to do anything and do not have to pay fees.

There is no obligation to practise or remain on the sub-register.

MEDICARE –

Changes to Fellowship Requirements –

From June 16 2021, Medical Practitioners who achieve Fellowship will no longer be required to submit a HW075 or HW076 form to Medicare in order to be recognised as a Fellow and be eligible for A1 Medicare rates. You will now only need to apply to the Medical Board of Australia (AHPRA) for Specialist registration in General Practice. 

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CHECK INS-

AMC Clinical-

The examinations have recommenced from 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 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 closed.
  • RVTS applications will open soon. 
  • PEP applications are now closed.
  • ACRRM Independent Pathway intake applications are now closed.

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DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS? 

Our team offer General Practitioners assistance with finding jobs and a career pathway, and Medical Facilities to find a new Medical Practitioner. We also help with the full application process with AHPRA, RACGP, ACRRM, Department of Health, Medicare including 19AA & 19AB. If we can help, please contact us at [email protected]

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