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
  • Medicare
  • Medical Board of Australia
  • 3GA Programs

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-

Total Coronavirus Cases – 

There have been a total of 92,179 cases in Australia. There have been 1138 new locally acquired cases and 3 overseas acquired cases in the last 24 hours, with 19,375 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.

Examination dates for 2022 online and NTC examinations will be published to all eligible candidates on Monday, 1 November 2021.

Scheduling for these examination dates will be available through the Candidate Portal on Thursday, 11 November 2021 at 10.00am AESDT.

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 Webinars –

Are you interested in learning more about the PEP from the RACGP team who will process your application? RACGP is running two webinars- one on the 27th of September and the other on the 6th of October. 

Register 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.

MEDICARE –

Summary of Changes –

From 1 November 2021 there will be a number of changes to the MBS. These changes include minor policy changes which were recommended by the clinician-led MBS Review Taskforce or the Medicare Benefits Schedule Advisory Committee and also incorporates five legislative instruments which are made under subsection 3C(1) of the Health Insurance Act 1973. Details of the changes are as set out below.

A number of changes to the General Medical Services Table (GMST), Diagnostic Imaging Services Table (DIST) and the Pathology Services Table (PST) will be implemented through the Health Insurance Legislation Amendment (2021 Measures No. 2) Regulations 2021. As part of the 1 November 2021 changes, 29 new items will be introduced into the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS), 59 items will be amended and two will be deleted. Further detail on the changes is provided below.

MEDICAL BOARD OF AUSTRALIA –

State Board Applications –

AHPRA is seeking individuals with an ability and interest to contribute to the regulatory work of the state and territory boards of the Medical Board of Australia.

Applications are now sought from registered medical practitioners and community members to fill vacancies on the state and territory boards in the following jurisdictions:

  • Australian Capital Territory – 1 practitioner member
  • South Australia – 3 community members and 4 practitioner members (incl. Chair)
  • Tasmania – 1 community member
  • Victoria – 1 practitioner member (incl. Chair)

The state and territory boards work in partnership with Ahpra to make registration and notification decisions about individual practitioners, based on national policies and standards set by the Medical Board of Australia.

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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