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
- 3GA Programs
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-
Total Coronavirus Cases –
There have been a total of 30,643 cases in Australia. There have been 27 new locally acquired cases and 6 overseas acquired cases in the last 24 hours, with 339 current active cases.
Coronavirus Vaccines Rollout–
This week, we reached 7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Australia. It took us 47 days to get to our first million doses administered and just 9 days to reach our most recent million.
AMC Testing Centre Reopens –
From the 1 July 2021 Clinical examinations will be available both online via the Zoom platform and in person at the National Test Centre in Melbourne. .
Whilst the implementation of the online Clinical examination has proven to be successful, in order to increase the number of examination placements available to candidates, the AMC will return to delivering Clinical examinations at the National Test Centre.
Scheduling for the July and August 2021 Clinical examinations have been released to eligible candidates.
COVID-19 and intern requirements–
The Board has introduced flexibility for 2021 interns who have had their rotations interrupted because of COVID-19.
This includes a small number of interns who started their intern year in November or December of 2020.
The Board expects that interns will complete 47 weeks accredited service and will complete the full time in each core rotation, unless they have taken genuine COVID-19 related leave. The flexibility is only available to interns who have been unable to work as a direct result of COVID-19, such as a requirement to isolate or due to COVID-19 related illness.
For 2021 interns (including those who commenced in November-December 2020) the requirements are:
Interns who have had to take genuine COVID-related leave must complete:
at least 40 weeks full-time equivalent supervised service (a reduction of up to seven weeks from the standard 47 weeks required)
all accredited core terms, but each term length can be reduced by no more than two weeks if COVID-related leave was taken during that term
a minimum term of:
- eight weeks in surgery
- eight weeks in medicine
- six weeks in emergency medical care and
- a range of other approved terms to make up a minimum of 40 weeks full-time equivalent service.
The intern will need to explain the reasons for the shortfall when the period of supervised practice has been less than 47 weeks, but at least 40.
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 2022.
PEP Applications –
Applications for PEP are now open and will close on the 19th of July.
Apply Here: https://www.racgp.org.au/racgp-pep-apply-now
PEP Webinars –
Are you interested in learning more about the PEP Program? Join RACGP’s Webinar on the 5th of July.
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, AGPT or RVTS – to be eligible to sit the RACGP Fellowship exams.
Enrolments Open –
Round 1 Applications for the RVTS Remote and AMS training schemes close on the 4th July 2021.
Find out more about RVTS here: https://rvts.org.au/
Changes to Fellowship Requirements –
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 –
Item 57351 will be amended to provide a patient who has had a service under item 57357 (which is for a repeat CT angiography service) in the previous 12 months, is able to access item 57351.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Item 63454 will be amended to remove the current 12 month restriction on the claiming of this item and restrict the claiming of this service to once per pregnancy. This change recognises that there may be occasions when a woman has two pregnancies within a 12 month period.
Item 63454 will also be relocated from Subgroup 19 – Scan of body – for specified conditions into Subgroup 20 – Scan of pelvis and upper abdomen – for specified conditions under Group I5 – Magnetic resonance imaging. This is to better reflect the type and nature of this service.
Heart Health Assessment
Items 699 and 177 will be amended from 1 July 2021, to provide that these services can only be performed on a patient who is 30 years old or older. This will align the items with the current evidence-based age cohorts for the Australian Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Risk calculator, which is the basis for the assessment requirements for the heart health assessment items.
Transcatheter mitral valve repair
On 1 July 2021, the Australian Government will introduce four new items for the provision of transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVr) using the MitraClip™ implant for managing severe mitral valve regurgitation. Mitral valve regurgitation occurs when the heart’s mitral valve doesn’t close tightly and blood flows backward in the heart.
Eligible patients, who are ineligible for open surgical management with moderate-severe mitral valve regurgitation will be able to receive a Medicare rebate for this less invasive approach through transcatheter repair using the MitraClip™ implant.
3GA PROGRAM IMPORTANT DATES:
- AGPT applications are now closed.
- RVTS applications are now open.
- PEP applications are now open.
- ACRRM Independent Pathway applications are now open.
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