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
  • AMC
  • ACRRM
  • RACGP
  • Medical Board of Australia
  • 3GA Programs

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-

Total Coronavirus Cases – 

There have been a total of 80,402 cases in Australia. There have been 1,511 new locally acquired cases and 4 overseas acquired cases in the last 24 hours, with 18,951 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

Request a review of a DPA or DWS classification – 

The Distribution Working Group (DWG) provides independent advice in response to concerns raised about an area’s DPA classification.

The group assesses applications to review and re-assess an area’s non-DPA status.

Each application must have the support and engagement of the Rural Workforce Agency (RWA) in their state or territory.

Anyone can apply for an assessment. Applicants must work with their RWA to see if existing incentives and support meet their needs. DPA review applications must address the assessment criteria.

Read more: https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/doctorconnect/about-working-in-australia/request-a-review-of-a-dpa-or-dws-classification

AMC-

AMC Tests Cancelled – 

Due to the current and ongoing Covid-19 restrictions throughout Australia, the AMC has found it necessary to cancel the in-person clinical examination dates scheduled at the AMC National Test Centre for the remainder of 2021.

The AMC is continuing to work towards conducting both the online clinical examinations and recommencing in-person examinations in late 2021 to accommodate candidate requests.

Candidates scheduled for the cancelled examinations will be offered alternate examination dates. Communication regarding the rescheduling will be emailed to candidates directly.

RACGP-

RACGP Exams –

Enrolments for the 2022.1 AKT and KFP exams are now open and will close on October 10 

Apply Here: https://www.racgp.org.au/education/registrars/fracgp-exams/exam-enrolment-instructions/enrol-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.

MEDICAL BOARD OF AUSTRALIA –

Medical Training Survey –

The Medical Training Survey (MTS) opens in August 2021 and gives trainees a voice about their experience of medical training.

The MTS is a longitudinal study that tracks the quality of medical training. Stringent privacy controls make it safe and confidential for trainees to take part. The MTS is run by the Medical Board of Australia.

Again this year, the MTS is asking trainees about the impact of COVID-19 on their training.

Read more here: https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/News/2021-08-02-2021-MTS-survey.aspx

Covid-19 and Intern Requirements –

With recent COVID-19 outbreaks and lockdowns in a number of states and territories causing workforce pressures, the Board has made further changes for 2021 interns directly affected by COVID-19.

The Board expects that interns will complete the core terms and 47 weeks accredited service unless they:

  • had to take genuine COVID-19 related leave (for COVID-19 illness or to isolate), and/or
  • have been redeployed by their health service to meet COVID-19 related workforce needs.

For 2021 interns the requirements are:

Interns who have been directly affected by COVID-19 (had to take 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)
  • can gain their clinical experience in accredited and non-accredited positions
  • do not have to meet the requirement for the usual rotations of medicine, surgery and emergency medical care. The Board will accept clinical experience in any supervised rotations.

The intern will need to provide details of when the leave was taken and explain the reasons.

Interns who have been redeployed as a result of COVID-19:

  • must complete at least 47 weeks full-time equivalent service
  • can gain their clinical experience in accredited and non-accredited positions
  • do not have to meet the requirement for the usual rotations of medicine, surgery and emergency medical care. The Board will accept clinical experience in any supervised rotations.

The Board may request confirmation from the employing health service that the redeployment was the result of COVID-19.

Interns who have not been directly affected by COVID-19 or redeployed as a result of COVID-19 must meet the requirements in the registration standard Granting general registration as a medical practitioner to Australian and New Zealand medical graduates on completion of intern training. Interns must complete:

  • at least 47 weeks full-time equivalent service
  • all accredited core terms with a minimum of:
  • ten weeks in surgery
  • ten weeks in medicine
  • eight weeks in emergency medical care, and
  • a range of other approved terms to make up a minimum of 47 weeks full-time equivalent service.

For the purpose of granting general registration at the end of the intern year, the Board will continue to accept a report from the Director of Medical Services, Director of Training or another person authorised to sign off intern reports which confirms that each intern has performed satisfactorily during the intern year.

3GA PROGRAM IMPORTANT DATES:

  • AGPT applications are now closed.
  • RVTS applications are now closed.  
  • PEP applications are now closed.
  • ACRRM Independent Pathway applications are closed.

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