Week That Was

General Practice Updates

In a constantly changing environment, we summarise the most important updates for General Practitioners. 

This week’s summary includes updates from:

  • Department of Health
  • Medicare



Coronavirus at a glance – 


Changes to bulk-billing – 

Specialists and allied health professionals are no longer required to bulk bill telehealth consultations where the service is being provided to a concessional or vulnerable patient or child under 16. 

GPs and other medical practitioners must continue to bulk bill telehealth consultations for concessional or vulnerable patients or children under 16. They may bulk- bill this service for all other patients. 

Read More: http://www.mbsonline.gov.au/internet/mbsonline/publishing.nsf/Content/News+2020-04-20

There have been 4.3 million services via telehealth that have been conducted.



Your Indemnity Insurance Obligations-

Having Indemnity Insurance is a part of your AHPRA registration obligations. If you’ve stopped working due to COVID19 then you will still need to maintain at least ‘Run Off’ cover. AHPRA reminds us that they do not assist with Indemnity Insurance at all, let alone getting refunds and that they also cannot help you with finding a job, PPE or provide tech support for your telehealth

Medical Students-

AHPRA are asking medical practices to consider taking medical students even through the pandemic, to ensure the future of our medical industry.



RACGP Fellowship Exams-

The RACGP Exam enrolments are closed pending calendar rejigging, however; May OSCE exams are postponed til November and July AKT & KFP exams are postponed til September, with their following OSCE postponed til February 2021. Labels (i.e. 2020.2) will remain the same so that the ‘6 attempts, 3 years’ won’t be affected! There are full refunds for those withdrawing from exams.

PEP Enrolments-

PEPEA has been cancelled but CAAKT still going ahead (at this stage), and existing PEP candidates will get an extended training period.

Contact your RTP with concerns-

AGPT & RVTS registrars should contact their RTO about any concerns relating to their training, rather than RACGP directly.



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