General Practice Updates

General Practice Updates Australia | People Medical Consulting

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
  • 3GA Programs

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-

Total Coronavirus Cases – 

Here’s a snapshot of Covid-19 situation in Australia*:

* table of Covid numbers taken from DOH

Find out 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.peoplemedical.com.au/request-a-review-of-a-dpa-or-dws-classification/

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

DPA Assessment Updates –

The following locations have been granted DPA status until the next update on 1July 2022.

NSW – Singleton, Nowra–Bomaderry, Kurri Kurri–Cessnock, Port Macquarie, Lithgow, Sussex Inlet, Broken Hill–Tibooburra, Narrabri, Tumut–Adelong, Young, Wyong-Gorokan, Toukley-Budgewoi, Maitland, Katoomba-Springwood, Morisset-Cooranbong, Douglas Park-Appin, Tweed Heads, Kincumber-Box Head, Richmond-Windsor, Lake Macquarie

QLD – Hervey Bay, Bribie Island-Beachmere, Toowoomba, Gracemere-Mount Morgan, Mackay, Maryborough, Dalby, Gatton–Withcott, Gympie, Cairns, Ipswich, Noosa Hinterland, Kuranda, Caboolture, Kilcoy-Woodford

TAS – Brighton, Wynyard

VIC – Shepparton–Mooroopna, Gisborne, Wallan, Torquay-Ocean Grove

WA – Two Rocks-Yanchep, Bunbury, Mandurah, Kwinana, Rockingham

SA – Elizabeth

Catch more details:

https://www.health.gov.au/committees-and-groups/distribution-working-group#exceptional-circumstances-reviews-and-outcomes

AMC-

AMC MCQ Exam Dates and Venues – 

AMC MCQ exams scheduled until June 2023 are now available. Kindly check this link for the dates and venues:

https://www.amc.org.au/assessment/mcq/mcq-examination-events/

AMC Clinical Exam Dates and Venues – 

Applications Schedules for the July – Aug 2022 clinical exams are now closed.

ACRRM-

ACRRM Independent Pathway Applications – 

Applications and suitability assessment close & fee due for the ACRRM IP January 2023 cohort will close on 22 August 2022.

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

RGTS Applications – 

Applications for the ACRRM Rural Generalist Training Scheme January 2023 cohort are now closed.

AGPT-

AGPT Applications –

Applications for the 2023 Intake 2 will open on 01 August 2022.  

RVTS-

RVTS Applications – 

Applications for Intake 2 will be from 15 August to 4 September 2022.

Read here to know more: 

https://rvts.org.au/applicants/application_information#Enquire

RACGP-

RACGP makes it compulsory for non-VR doctors to be in any of its 3 approved programs, namely: AGPT, PEP or RVTS to be eligible for RACGP examinations. 

RACGP FSP

RACGP finally launched the Fellowship Support Program (FSP) which shall start accepting applications in mid 2022. Its first entrance examination for its January 2023 intake is scheduled in October 2022. 

Click here for more details: https://www.racgp.org.au/education/imgs/fellowship-pathways/fellowship-programs-for-imgs/fellowship-support-program

AHPRA-

AHPRA has decided to temporarily accept these English language tests beginning 21 Feb 2022 due to the many disruptions brought about by the Covid lockdowns:

  • OET computer-based test and the [email protected] test for applications received until 21 February 2023
  • TOEFL iBT® Home Edition for applications received until 1 June 2022.

For more information, click here: 

https://www.ahpra.gov.au/News/2022-02-21-Temporary-acceptance-of-additional-English-language-tests.aspx

It also released its new version of the Supervised practice plan and principal supervisor’s agreement for IMGs with limited or provisional registration form, or better known as SPPA-30. It is important to use the newest versions of documents to be submitted to AHPRA to avoid unnecessary delays or rejection of an application.

For more information, click here:

https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Registration/International-Medical-Graduates/Supervision.aspx

3GA PROGRAM IMPORTANT DATES:

  • AGPT applications for 2023 Intake 2 will open on 01 August 2022.
  • RVTS applications for Intake 2 will be from 15 August to 4 September 2022.
  • Applications for the 2023 FSP intake will open in July 2022.
  • ACRRM Independent Pathway applications for the January cohort will close on 22 August 2022.
  • RGTS applications for the January 2023 cohort are now closed.

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER IN 2ND QTR OF 2022:

  • 14-16 Jun 2022 – CAAKT Exams
  • 18-19, 25-26 Jun 2022 – CCE 

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