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
  • RVTS
  • RACGP
  • Medical Board of Australia

and Check-ins with

  • OET
  • AMC

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-

Total Coronavirus Cases – 

There have been a total of 25,322 cases in Australia. Of that 20,361 have recovered and 572 have died. There have been 124 new cases in the last 24 hours, with 3,511 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

RVTS-

RVTS Applications –

Applications for RVTS open on the 31st of August. If you would like to read some more about this training program click here

RACGP-

AGPT Applications –

Applications for the second round of AGPT open on the 31st of August, so make sure that you are prepared and have all the necessary paperwork organised. You can express your interest here. 

MEDICAL BOARD OF AUSTRALIA-

Updated standards for the assessment of specialist international medical graduates –

The Medical Board of Australia has released updated standards for the assessment of specialist international medical graduates to come into effect from 1 January 2021.

The updated Standards for specialist medical college assessment of specialist international medical graduates will replace the current Good practice guidelines for the specialist international medical graduate assessment process.

The revised standards guide how specialist medical colleges assess international medical graduates.

The updated standards aim to improve transparency and procedural fairness and make the requirements of the assessment clearer. They do not significantly change the approach to the assessment of specialist international medical graduates.

Differences include:

  • rewording and reordering to make requirements clearer
  • for a specialist recognition assessment, colleges will provide applicants with a summary highlighting any gaps between their application and college requirements, and an opportunity to make corrections to any errors in their information, before the college makes an interim assessment decision
  • introducing a mandatory minimum period of supervised practice for specialist international medical graduates assessed as substantially comparable or partially comparable.

Read more about it here.

Updated Code of conduct to guide doctors from October –

The Medical Board of Australia has published the 2020 version of Good medical practice: a code of conduct for doctors in Australia, which will take effect on 1 October 2020.

The major changes in the 2020 edition of Good medical practice include:

  • strengthened guidance about discrimination, bullying, sexual harassment and vexatious complaints
  • an expanded section on cultural safety, including a new definition agreed across the National Scheme
  • more on patient safety and clinical governance, and
  • a new section on career transitions for doctors.

The 2020 version addresses these concerns by revising the following sections to make the Board’s intentions and expectations clearer:

  • section two on professionalism and doctors making public comment
  • the section on access to care and conscientious objection, and
  • the section on culturally safe practice.

CHECK INS-

OET– 

Some OET’s are progressing as planned, whilst others have been cancelled. For a full list of affected examination dates, check here: https://www.occupationalenglishtest.org/coronavirus-update/

At the moment, AHPRA hasn’t confirmed whether OET Online will be accepted, so keep an ear out. 

AMC MCQ- 

The AMC MCQ Examinations have commenced on a staged basis and where possible. 

AMC Clinical-

AMC Clinical examinations are still postponed until further notice and the AMC National Test Centre is still closed. While the AMC is currently planning for the re-opening of the National Test Centre, the AMC is also currently developing solutions to deliver the clinical examination content through alternate delivery methods rather than the traditional clinical examination format. It is expected the next stage of communications will occur toward the end of September 2020 regarding an implementation approach, further detail, and intended recommencement dates. Where possible, information will also be provided earlier.

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