How does Medicare know I’m a Fellowed GP?

How does Medicare know I’m a Fellowed GP?

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How does Medicare know I’m a Fellowed GP?

You’ve done it! You’ve passed the Fellowship Exams, and you’re applying to your college for your Fellowship Certificate. You’re going to let AHPRA know. 

Why does Medicare need to know?

Medicare has a different rate for Non-VR (those who haven’t completed their Fellowship) and VR (those who have completed their Fellowship). Letting Medicare know you’ve passed your exams means that you can bill the VR rates! 

You may already be doing so via your Training Program, but Medicare will still check to give you ongoing benefits so it’s important that you’ve followed the right process.

The 19AA and 19AB legislation apply to Medicare, so once you complete your Fellowship then you will no longer have a 19AA restriction. 

You will continue to be restricted by 19AB until you’ve completed your 10 year moratorium. Find out how to reduce it more quickly here!

Do I need to wait for AHPRA to update my record?

Yes. Previously, General Practitioners would fill out the HW075 or HW076 form to notify Medicare of their Fellowship however; from June 16 2021 Medicare will now check the AHPRA Register of Practitioners to confirm you holding your Specialist AHPRA registration. 

When can I apply? 

You’ll receive a letter from your college confirming you’ve met the requirements for Fellowship. This will come with confirmation of your next steps which will be applying to AHPRA for Specialist AHPRA registration. 

How Can We Help?

Our team offer General Practitioners assistance with finding jobs and a career pathway, and Medical Facilities to find a new Medical Practitioner. We also help with the full application process with AHPRA, RACGP, ACRRM, Department of Health, Medicare including 19AA & 19AB. If we can help, please contact us at

People Medical Consulting are a team of professionals with a passion for guiding those specialising in the Medical industry to find their career pathway and settle into Australia. Working with both Australian trained and Overseas trained professionals, we have extensive experience in Recruitment of General Practitioners, and   Document Assistance for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemptions.

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