Is there a difference between After Hours Medical Deputising Service (AMDS) and a clinic that is open After Hours?

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Yes! It’s important to understand the difference, especially if you have not completed your Fellowship exams. The difference is that After Hours Medical Deputising Service (AMDS) requires the GP to be a NON VR (has not completed fellowship) and the clinic must be accredited under the AMDS program, while the clinic that is open After Hours falls which is defined as from 6pm to 8am on weekdays, or any time on weekends and public holidays.

There are two types of After Hours Medical Deputising—Clinic Based and Home Visiting. Clinics will also offer home visits as a part of their service.

As a General Practitioner seeking work, you also need to understand your restrictions.

  1. A GP who has completed their degree outside of Australia or New Zealand is restricted by 19AB, requiring them to work in a DPA. Working after-hours (from 6pm to 8am on weekdays, or any time on weekends and public holidays) allows you to meet this DPA criteria, even if the suburb is not a DPA.
  2. A GP who is a PR or citizen who is a NON VR (has not completed fellowship) is restricted by 19AA, requiring you to be on a 3GA program before you can access Medicare. Working in an after hours clinic WILL NOT satisfy this—the clinic will need to be an accredited After Hours Medical Deputising Service (AMDS).
  3. If you after applying for Limited or Provisional AHPRA Registration, Level 1 or 2, then you will not be approved to work in an AMDS offering purely home visits. AHPRA standards confirm this is not allowed, unless you have the Medical Board of Australia’s approval.

You can work under the AMDS program or in a clinic that is open after hours as long as you meet the restrictions and requirements.

Note: The information presented above has been gathered from the AHPRA, Department of Health and Aged Care, and RACGP websites and has been updated as of 2023-09-19.

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