1st July 2019 Updates

Our team aim to keep our network of General Practitioners up to date with changes in the industry. 


This week’s summary includes updates from:

  • MBS Online
  • The Department Of Health



MBS indexation for general practice items –

The 2017–18 Federal Budget included the announcement of a phased re-introduction of indexation of MBS rebates. To date, these include GP bulk-billing incentives (commenced July 2017) and GP standard attendances (commenced July 2018).


From 1 July 2019, all other general practice services, as well as specialist and allied health services, will be indexed.


Read more here:




Removal of MBS telehealth items for patients in flood-affected areas –

In March 2019 new MBS items were introduced to allow GPs to provide telehealth services to flood-affected area in rural Queensland. This is a reminder that these items will no longer be available from 1st July 2019. 


Item 2095  – obvious problem characterised by straightforward nature of task

Item 2144  – consultation lasting fewer than 20 minutes

Item 2180 – consultation lasting 20–40 minutes

Item 2193 – consultation lasting more than 40 minutes




Districts of Workforce Shortage (DWS) to be replaced by Distribution Priority Area (DPA) from July 1 2019 –

As of the 1st July 2019, District of Workforce Shortage will cease to exist for General Practitioners and those restricted by 19AB will now be required to work within a Distribution Priority Area (DPA). 


Instead of using a GP-to-population ratio, the new DPA system takes into account demographics (gender/age) and socio-economic status of patients living in a GP catchment area. 


We’ve written a couple of short blog posts to summarise what we know so far. Read them here:



Shared Debt Recovery Scheme Start July 1 2019 –

The Shared Debt Recovery Scheme (the Scheme) commences under the Health Insurance Act 1973 (Health Insurance Act) on 1 July 2019. The Scheme enables the Commonwealth to hold both a practitioner (primary debtor) and another party (secondary debtor) responsible for repayment of compliance debts, arising as a result of incorrectly claiming Medicare benefits, through the making of a shared debt determination.


Primary responsibility for correct claiming appropriately rests with the health practitioner providing the Medicare service. The practitioner is the only person who can determine that a Medicare service has been delivered in accordance with the requirements of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). 


Read more about The Shared Debt Recovery Scheme here:




Health Professionals advised to introduce babies to common allergy-causing foods –

The new national health strategy is aimed at reducing Australia’s climbing food allergy rates, which are currently the highest in the world.


One of the main focuses of the Nip Allergies in the Bub campaign is to encourage parents to introduce babies to common allergy-causing foods within their first 12 months – which directly contradicts advice previously provided by health professionals.


Read more here:




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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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