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
  • RVTS
  • Medicare

and Check-ins with

  • AMC
  • 3GA Programs

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-

Total Coronavirus Cases – 

There have been a total of 30,210 cases in Australia. There has been 1 new locally acquired case and 7 overseas acquired cases in the last 24 hours, with 133 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 4,243,600 vaccinations have been administered at more than 5,400 sites. As of today, 7,168,544 vaccine doses have been delivered to these sites by the Australian Government.

Last week, 630,547 doses were administered across the country. Daily reports of vaccines administered continue to increase, with a new largest daily increase of 124,871 recorded on 27 May.

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

AHPRA-

AHPRA Newsletter – 

AHPRA have released their latest Newsletter

Read it here: https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/News/Newsletters/May-2021.aspx 

ACRRM-

Applications for ACRRM Independent Pathway – 

Applications for the January 2022 intake of the Independent Pathway are now open and will close on the 30th of August 2021. 

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

RACGP-

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 are now open.

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

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.

Summary of Changes July 1 –

Orthopaedic surgery

From 1 July 2021 MBS items for orthopaedic surgery services are changing to ensure services are clinically appropriate, reflect contemporary clinical practice and improve quality of care and safety for patients. The changes include:

  • 168 new items.
  • 280 amended items for services considered as requiring change in order to improve clarity of services for patients and providers, and improve the MBS to better reflect contemporary clinical practice.
  • 137 superseded items where services have been consolidated into new or amended items.
  • 9 deleted items for services considered to be obsolete or no longer reflective of contemporary best practice.consequential amendments to explanatory notes.

These changes are a result of the MBS Review Taskforce recommendations and extensive consultation with stakeholders. These changes are relevant for all specialists involved in the provision of orthopaedic services, consumers claiming these services, private hospitals and private health insurers. Further information is available on the Changes to MBS Items for Orthopaedic Surgery Services factsheet page.

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 are now open. 
  • PEP applications are now closed.
  • ACRRM Independent Pathway applications are now open.

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